Chrisoula Samouris (Lead Teacher) is from Atlanta and has been a member of the Cathedral her whole life. Chrisoula attended Lipscomb University for her undergrad where she also played on their soccer team. She attended UGA where she received her Masters in Education. She previously worked in Gwinnett County where she taught 1st, 2nd and 4th grade over the course of 10 years. She is excited to be back in the classroom!
Brooke Tesfamichale (Assistant Teacher) is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to Atlanta in 2002. She has 2 children, one who is a kindergartner at ADS and one who attends preschool at ADS. In Brooke's spare time she enjoys reading, running and cheering on the Atlanta United Soccer team with her family!
Melissa Saha (Lead Teacher) has been working in early childhood education since 2002. She has been the Twos' Class Lead Teacher at ADS since 2004. Melissa is married and has two children. She enjoys running, reading, singing, and hanging out with her African Grey parrots.
Melissa has a love for teaching young children. She believes that all children are individuals, and that differences should be tolerated and embraced. She starts every day striving to engage and motivate her students to give them an exceptional and fun learning environment. Creativity and flexibility are definitely part of each day. Melissa believes in finding teachable moments in every situation. She also believes that patience, love and a good sense of humor are the things that make teaching young children possible. Melissa is so thankful each day to spend time with her students.
Sophia P. Tsiotsias (Assistant Teacher) started working for ADS in 2016 as a permanent substitute teacher for both Pre-School and K-8th grade. She also serves as Marketing Manager for the school and continues to lead all our marketing efforts and strategies. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Georgia State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude and is a member of the National Honor Society. She comes to us from Cartoon Network, one of Ted Turner's TV extensions, where she held the position of Senior Licensing & Marketing Manager for 9 years. Her marketing, sales and management experience have provided a great foundation for growing ADS and teaching classes according to each respective curriculum. She has loved her various teaching roles and looks forward to continuing ADS' growth for years to come. She states "assisting kid's in their educational and social development is rewarding beyond measure and I look forward to continuing my teaching career at ADS."
ADS is a ministry of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral where Sophia has been a member since childhood. She has served in various youth & adult church organizations including Co-President of GOYA, Maids of Athena and Daughters of Penelope. She has also been instrumental in marketing the church's largest fundraiser, the Atlanta Greek Festival. She loves spending time and traveling with her husband and enjoys cooking, playing sports and volunteering for various non-profits whose goal is to help the needy and less fortunate.
Anna Burns (Lead Teacher) is married and a proud mother of two children. She has been blessed to be a part of the Annunciation Day School as a teacher for 11 years. Anna teaches three year olds and absolutely loves it. She believes that nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and fostering a love for learning is the best gift we can give. There is nothing she loves more than the excitement in a child’s eyes when they have discovered something new. Anna is truly thankful to have the opportunity to influence so many young lives in a positive way and to work alongside a team of amazing and loving teachers.
Bethany Tsismanakis (Lead Teacher) earned her Child Development Associate in 2015 as well as her Bright from the Start Director’s diploma and is in the process of earning her Early Childhood Education Degree. She believes that each child is a gift, a unique individual that deserves a high quality education in a loving, secure and stimulating environment. It is her hope as a teacher to help children reach their full potential, emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. Bethany’s mission is to create life long learners by allowing the children to use their natural curiosity through hands on learning, giving them the opportunity to explore the world around them using their senses. As a teacher she feels that her love of learning should be evident and contagious to the children. She is constantly striving to learn more so that she is able to bring new and fresh ideas to the classroom. She loves to read, volunteer and travel with her family: her husband, James, and her 3 sons, Nickolas, Gabriel and Alexander.
Daysi Nicolaides (Assistant Teacher) worked as a preschool assistant from 2012 to 2014. She returns to Annunciation Day School as an assistant in the 3’s class. She has been actively involved at Annunciation Day School since her daughter was in Parent’s Morning Out. ADS has always been an extension of Daysi’s family where she dedicated many hours to the various needs of the school. She has been room parent, served on the PTO, and was permanently placed on the substitute list since her youngest son started in Parent’s Morning Out.
Daysi and her children are also members of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and are heavily involved in the numerous youth ministries of the church and volunteer wherever and whenever the need arises.
Daysi enjoys doing yoga, rock climbing, and paddle boarding, but most of all being with her children, family, friends and two dogs –Chewy and Luna.
Krishna Dutta (Lead Teacher) brings over 20 years of teaching experience to our Pre-K class at ADS. She holds a Masters degree in Education and has a rich experience teaching many age groups and grades levels in several countries. Krishna has been with the Annunciation Day school for eight years. She is naturally inclined to nurturing and care and shares her time between two of her passions: her kids at school and her family at home. In her spare time, she likes to read, cook, listen to music, watch movies and play with the family dogs. She is also very passionate about dance and even has a diploma in Indian classical dance!
Mariam Terzian (Lead Teacher) has always loved teaching. She is a natural caregiver and has enjoyed being with children in the classroom setting for as long as she can remember. Mariam has a background in accounting and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She finds this helpful in keeping her organized in her role as a teacher. Mariam has taught at the Tucker First United Methodist Preschool for two years before starting to teach at ADS. Presently, she is in her third year of teaching our wonderful Pre-K 4’s class. Mariam strives to provide a nurturing, caring, and loving environment for her students. She believes that young children learn best through fun hands-on activities.
Outside of her classroom, Mariam loves spending time with her family, especially her three young children. She also volunteers as a Sunday School teacher at the Armenian Church of Atlanta.
Hannah Brand (Assistant Teacher) has been with Annunciation Day School for since 2001. She has held the position of a teacher’s assistant in the 3’s class, Preschool, Kindergarten, and First grade. She is currently a teacher’s assistant for preschool. As a young girl Hannah knew she wanted to be a teacher. She loves helping children achieve their best, stating that “one of the most rewarding things about teaching is seeing a child’s face light up when they accomplish what they have been working towards.” Hannah’s commitment and love for teaching is seen by parents in the eyes of their children at the end of the day.
Humbly, she admits that she hopes she has just as much of a positive impact on children’s lives as they do on hers.