Kindergarten through 8th Grade Teaching Staff
Mina Giannakakos has sixteen years of experience working in Early Childhood Education. Prior to working at the Annunciation Day School, Mina taught Pre-K for fourteen years at Riverview Nursery School in Rockland County, New York. Mina attended Rutgers (the State University of New Jersey) and holds a degree in Sociology and Elementary Education. While in New York, she attended various professional workshops on early childhood development.
Mina believes that teaching play and direct exploration is a basic tool for learning. She is passionate about teaching young children and provides many opportunities for growth in their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Her favorite saying is “we are all happy at school,” and strives to achieve this goal for each child.
Mina enjoys spending her summers in Greece and visiting her mom, family and friends. In her free time, she also enjoys baking, gardening, reading and long walks. She has been married for over 25 years to her husband Panos, and is the proud mom of a daughter (a Cornell graduate) and a son (a college student at Kennesaw State University).
Mina feels very blessed to have lived in different parts of the United States such as New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Maine and to have gained such unique and personal experiences from her time in these places.
Carrie Pribas is from Atlanta and has been a lifelong member of the Annunciation Cathedral. She attended Georgia State University where she received her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Early Childhood Education. She received her Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She taught 2nd grade for 10 years in Dekalb and Gwinnett County Schools. She was the lead Pre-K 4's teacher for 3 years at WCUMC. Carrie is married and has 2 wonderful children who keep her busy!
Campbell Traywick, has been teaching at ADS for 2 years. She provides a challenging learning environment where literacy is integrated into all context areas. Mrs. Traywick has served as a Teacher Assistant (Middle School and Kindergarten) and Substitute (K-8) with Christ the King School and has completed her teaching field experiences with Atlanta Public Schools. Mrs. Traywick completed her student teaching in Kindergarten with E. Rivers in a Dual-Language Immersion classroom finishing the 2016-2017 school year in 2nd Grade at E. Rivers as a long-term Substitute.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Management) from Eckerd College. Her graduate work includes a Master's in Teaching (Early Childhood Pre-K through 5th) from Mercer University and a Master's in Education (Sports Administration) from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Traywick has volunteered with the Cathedral of Christ the King, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Refugee Family Services. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Traywick enjoyed a career working in sports media. She was the Traffic Manager and sales Distribution Assistant for Raycom Sports/ACC Basketball Network and an NBC Production Assistant for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Mrs. Traywick and her husband, Jose, celebrated their sixth year of marriage last October and their daughter, will be turning three in January.
Arielle Jacobs attended the University of Phoenix, where she received her Masters of Arts in Elementary Education. Prior to earning her Master’s in Education, Arielle was an assistant teacher at Annunciation Day School in both preschool and elementary school. After completing an internship teaching third grade in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Arielle began her professional career as a fourth grade teacher in Gwinnett County. Arielle currently teaches third grade at Annunciation Day School and strives to meet the different needs of all her students. Arielle fosters critical thinking by using various instructional strategies to encourage active learning and independent thinking. She believes children learn best in a caring and loving environment and thinks it is important to promote values that will help her students succeed both inside and outside the classroom.
Arielle is a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Judy Parris received a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University and has been working in education for over twenty-five years. She spent twelve years in the preschool environment, ten of which she worked as a preschool director. Judy has also taught third grade for nine years and currently teaches fourth grade at Annunciation Day School. To ensure that every student is successful in their learning, Judy teaches with the individual Child's needs in mind.
Judy has been married to her wonderful husband, Russell, for over 30 years and has two grown children. When Judy is not teaching she relishes spending time with her two grandsons.
Emil Schuster grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he attended a Jesuit high school, and received a Business degree from the Cleveland State University. Following graduation Emil spent thirty-two years in Federal Service, twenty of those years as a Special Agent specializing in Medicare and Medicaid fraud. During this period Emil and his family moved from Cleveland to Cincinnati, Ohio, then to Washington D.C., next a return to Cleveland, then to Chicago and finally to Atlanta. During the period in Atlanta, he was the Special Agent in Charge of the Inspector General Office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development responsible for the eight Southeastern States and Puerto Rico.
Upon his retirement from Federal Service, Emil attended Kennesaw State University where he earned an Education Degree and Georgia certification to teach middle school language Arts and Social Studies. Emil has taught at IHM Catholic School, OLA Catholic School, and Sophia Academy. Emil's wonderful wife, Anne, has been very understanding and very supportive of his career moves and his love of teaching. His son is starting and engraved historic gulf putter business in Cleveland, while his daughter teachers third grade at Oak Grove Elementary School. Anne and Emil's granddaughter, Anna, attends Lakeside High School where she is an honor student. Emil extremely happy and very excited to be joining the teaching staff at the Annunciation Day School.
Jeanne Miller attended the University of West Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, with a minor in Secondary Education. She is currently certified to teach fourth through eighth grade Science and sixth through twelfth grade History, Political Science, Geography, Economics, and Behavioral Science. Jeanne has taught in Catholic Schools for 11 years as a middle school Science teacher, and for 3 years as fifth grade teacher. Jeanne currently teaches Middle School Science at Annunciation Day School and strongly believes in the importance of hands-on learning in all subjects, especially science. Jeanne fosters respect and acceptance of others in the classroom and encourages life connections to information learned in the classroom.
Rebecca Young joined Annunciation Day School in January 2017 as our seventh grade teachers. Rebecca began her career in education 21 years ago as a Chemistry and Physics teacher, working in the District of Columbia, New Jersey and Virginia. She took a break from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom and professional community volunteer.
Rebecca's education includes a Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemistry from Spelman College in 1994, and Master's degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in 1997. She is currently working on her second Master's degree in Teaching from Mercer University.
When Rebecca is not teaching, she enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband Mike have been married for over 20 years, and have lived with their four children in Sagamore Hills community for over 15 years. Their children are Summer (junior at Spelman College), Amber (sophomore at Yale University), Mikey (senior at Lakeside High School) and Chris (sophomore at Lakeside High School).
Margaret Flores brings to our school a love for teaching. She finds joy nurturing each child's social and emotional development while inspiring his/her natural curiosities to explore and discover the world. Margaret holds teacher certification and a M.A. in Child Development with doctoral training in learning and instruction. However, her greatest achievement and source of personal inspiration has been and continues to be raising her own three children.
Kalliopi Tsikourika (Greek) studied Classics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After receiving a Masters of Art degree in Ancient Greek Literature from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, she returned to Thessaloniki to teach Ancient Greek Language, Latin, History, Academic Writing and Modern Greek Literature, at high school level.
In 2002, she moved to Washington, DC, and pursued a teaching career as an afternoon Greek language teacher at both the Saints Constantine and Helen School and the Hellenic School in Potomac, MD. Kalliopi also served as the Principal for two years at the Saints Constantine and Helen School, and was an oral examiner for the Ellinomathia Tests.
Kalliopi moved to Athens, Georgia, with her family in 2012, and has worked as an afternoon Greek Language teacher for the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation ever since. It was during that time that she was recruited to work for the Annunciation Day School as the Greek Language teacher. Kalliopi teaches Greek language to Kindergarten thru seventh grade.
Elias Lampropoulos (Religion) was born in Patras, Greece. He lived there until his graduation from the Ecclesiastical High School in 1997. He moved to Thessaloniki to study theology at the Aristotle University and graduated with an M.Div. in 2002.
He returned back to Patras to work in the family business and teach in the Sunday School of St. Sophia’s Parish for three years. In 2005, he joined the Greek Air Force to fulfill his military service, which he completed one year later.
From 2007 to 2011 he was the administrative assistant at the Patmos’ Patriarchical Exarchate and the monastery of St. John the Theologian in Patmos, Greece. At that time he taught Greek as a second language to adults and participated in local educational and cultural committees. He also enrolled in the European Culture Studies Master Program of the Open University of Patras, in which he continues his studies today.
His great love of theological studies brought him to the United States in 2012, where he enrolled in the Th.M. program at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theological in Boston, Massachusetts with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan ALEXIOS. He will be finishing his master thesis in the coming academic year, focusing on Church History and Patristic Studies.
He enjoys History, Classical Literature, Theatre and European Cinema. Elias is excited to serve the Annunciation Cathedral of Atlanta and is overjoyed at the opportunity to join a community, which he describes as faithful, loving and welcoming.
Debby Ollinger (Art) is a native Atlantan with 30 years of teaching experience. She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at Kennesaw State University, and received her Specialist's Degree at Piedmont College.
Together she and her husband, Fred, have four children and two grandchildren. In Debby's spare time she enjoys drawing and painting. She is also very active in her church.
Cody Ward (Music/Theatre) is a recent graduate of Troy University. A fresh face to Atlanta, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts emphasis in Theatre and a Minor in Music in 2018. Immediately following his graduation, Cody was honored to receive a coveted internship with the Tony Award Winning Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts where he worked in the Company Management office honing his theatrical focus towards community involvement.
Cody is ecstatic to begin his teaching career at Annunciation Day School. As a product of ten years in marching and concert bands, Cody is eager to engage students and inspire their interest in the fine arts. While at Troy, Cody directed many new musicals including Ordinary Days and assisted in the writing of several musicals produced at St. Benedict’s Episcopal School (SuperKids the Musical, Click, Clack, Huh? Kindergarteners that Rule!, etc.). He looks forward to working with this unique community to create a truly special experience for the students!
Devonta White (Physical Education), Devonta is a new member to the ADS family, was raised in Gwinnett county and graduated from Centennial HS in Roswell in 2010. Following his high school career he attended Georgia State University on a full scholarship to play basketball.
After playing at GSU for four seasons, he signed a contract to play basketball professionally in Europe, first in Hungary then in Stockholm, Sweden. He enjoyed living in both countries and was able to travel the world and learn so much about basketball. After playing, he traveled back to the United States and immediately got into coaching and training. His experiences and all the knowledge that he gained throughout his career have helped mold him to the great basketball mind that he is today. Before coming to ADS, he was a substitute teacher at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, where he still coaches on the JV & varsity boys basketball teams.
He enjoys health, sports and the concept of teamwork! He will be finishing his bachelors in Communications in Spring of 2019. Devonta is forever grateful for the opportunity to be joining the staff at ADS and has raved about being part of the community, which he feels is so welcoming.