Special Teachers for Pre-School and for
Kindergarten to 8th Grade

Religion

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Elias Lampropoulos (Religion Pre-School to 5th Grade) believes that Orthodox Christian education is the first and foremost gift that we, as Christians, ought to offer to the secular-minded world in which we live.

He was born and raised in the most beautiful city of Patra, Greece, and after high school, he studied at the Theological School of Thessaloniki, where he received his M.Div. (Master of Divinity degree).

Elias also worked at the Patrirchical Exarchate of Patmos, from 2007-2011.

Currently, he is completing his ThM (Master of Theology) at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. 

For almost twenty years, Elias has served in various religious education-related positions. 

Since 2014 he is serving as the Pastoral Assistant for the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.

He has a passion for rembetiko music, theater and political history.

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Rev. Fr. Christos P. Mars (Religion 6th to 8th Grades) was born and raised in Palos Hills, IL, a suburb of Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. Upon graduation, Fr. Christos attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he earned his Master’s degree in Divinity in 2006. From 2006-2007, Fr. Christos completed his coursework for his second Master’s degree, this time in theology, specializing in liturgics. Fr. Christos was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on May 21, 2007 at his home parish of S.S. Constantine and Helen in Palos Hills, Illinois, and 33 days later, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood, again at his home parish on the feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, June 24, 2007. Before coming to the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta, Fr. Christos served the parish of the Annunciation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fr. Christos was given the Offikion (office) of Father Confessor by His Eminence Metropolitan ALEXIOS of Atlanta on November 14, 2010. He was also given the Offikion (office) of Sakellarios by His Eminence Metropolitan ALEXIOS of Atlanta on November 10, 2013. He is the Vice-President of the Metropolis of Atlanta Clergy Syndesmos as well as the President of the Atlanta Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood. He also currently chairs the Acolyte Training Committee and the Program for Continuing Education for Permanent Deacon as well as the Liturgical Text Committee for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta as well as serving as liturgical chair for several Metropolis youth events. He is also a member of the Metropolis Council.

Greek

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Kalliopi Tsikourika (Greek K-8th Grade) 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.

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Evi Spiliopoulou Kaplanis (Greek 3rd to 8th Grades) was born and raised in Patras Greece. She attended the Arsakeios Pedagogical Academy and upon graduation with distinction she earned a full scholarship from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America by the late Archbishop Iakovos and attended classes at Hellenic College in Brookline Massachusetts in the fall of 1979. In 1981, she earned her BA in Elementary Education and Religious Studies and graduated with distinction. Upon her graduation she attended graduate courses in Special Education at Boston State College. She earned her Masters of Education in Counseling on a full scholarship from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

She is married to Fr. Paul Kaplanis and together they have served in three communities, St. Nicholas in St. Louis, Missouri, Holy Trinity in Raleigh, North Carolina and presently at the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta, Georgia.

She has worked for the public School system in Raleigh and her latest employment was with the University of North Carolina as a Visiting Lecturer for Modern Greek Language offered by the Classics Department.

Her volunteer activities include teaching Afternoon Greek School and Sunday Catechetical School and being a member and board member of Philoptochos. Presently she serves as a board member on the Annunciation Cathedral Philoptochos chapter and as Vice President on the Metropolis Philoptochos Board. She has been appointed in the past  by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios to the Metropolis Committees of: Greek Education and Culture, Hellenic Dance Festival and Hellenic Dance Festival Odyssey Trip Chairperson.

She considers her three adult children Michael, Katerina and Christina the best accomplishments of her life and adores her three grandchildren Vivi, Eirianna and Maximos.

Spanish

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Rosa McMurtray (Spanish 6th to 8th Grades) is a Spanish native from Zaragoza, Spain. She is a friendly and energetic Spanish and Art teacher with a passion for helping students of all ages. Thorough knowledge in academic instruction and classroom management.

She has a degree in Art from the Art School of Zaragoza, and further advanced her studies in universities in Italy, the U.K., and the U.S.; West Chester University and Georgia State University. In addition, she enjoys kayaking, yoga, cooking and reading history novels. She is happily married to her husband Jim and they have a sweet dog named Max.

Rosa will be a part-time Spanish teacher with us and is thrilled to be part of the growing ADS community.

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Sara Rossel (Spanish 7th and 8th Grades) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is a native Spanish speaker and Spanish teacher with four years of dedicated experience in various private schools in Atlanta. She consistently implements creative Spanish lesson plans that engage each of her students. She is also experienced in classroom management and has an in-depth knowledge of creating interactive atmospheres for accelerated learners. She loves promoting cross-cultural learning and instilling enthusiasm for foreign language studies. Teaching is her passion and enjoys building student relationships based on mutual respect.

Art

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Rachel Ziegler (Art Pre-School to 8th Grade) graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Berry College. She taught second grade abroad in southern China and then moved to Hong Kong where she taught Kindergarten. While living abroad for three years, she earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Walden University. Once she moved back stateside, she taught Kindergarten for two years in Nashville, Tennessee. She moved back to her hometown of Atlanta with her husband and now two young children. Rachel has a passion for working with children in a fun, creative environment. Besides teaching, Rachel enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Music

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Lindsey Kindl (Music Preschool to 8th Grade), a native of Atlanta, has always loved music. She plays French horn and was a member of her high school’s marching band. Always looking for more performing opportunities, she performed with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. This prestigious group performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Midwest Band Director Conference in Chicago while she was a member. 

Before becoming an educator, the University of Georgia graduate was a cast member of the Tony and Emmy Award-winning musical Blast!, a production inspired by the excitement and energy of drum and bugle corps. She performed as part of the 2011-12 USA National Tour, Japanese National Tour and also at the South Korea World Expo.

She has taught in Gwinnett County Public Schools for six years in the elementary school setting. During that time Lindsey has become certified in the Orff Schulwerk method of teaching. Using creativity that reaches beyond just the music classroom, the Orff approach builds musicianship through integrating music, movement, speech, and drama. 

 In her free time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband Lance, newborn son Henry, and her dogs Jet and Cubbie. She enjoys yoga and is also an aerial acrobat. She and her family love hiking in the North Georgia Mountains, boating, and Chicago Cubs Baseball. 

Physical Education

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Devonta White (Physical Education Kindergarten to 8th Grades), 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.