About us
Fanari Academy is a non-profit organization incorporated in July 2006 in the state of California. The organization was established with an objective to offer Greek classes for all ages.
Classes are conducted by qualified teachers. They are working with a curriculum sponsored by the Greek Department of Education specifically designed for children learning Greek as a second language.
Fanari Academy is a parent driven organization, comprised of parents that want to create a strong academic environment for Greek and non-Greek speaking children.

The Best Team! Our Teachers

Our faculty consists of highly qualified teachers from the United States and Greece.
Athina Drouvalakis
Artemis Pre K - A
Artemis Pre K - B

Matina Deligianni
(School Director)
Artemis B I​
Apollonas Level I A
Eva Beli Constantin
Artemis 6th grade​
Athena was born and raised as a first generation Greek in the Greek community of Melbourne, Australia. She graduated high school with her proficiency certificate in the Greek language. Athenareceived her PhD in medicine from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and came to Stanford for her postdoctoral studies. Her professional experience includes working in a start-up, a consulting firm, and as an instructor at CSU East Bay and UC Berkeley. She has taught at every level, from preschool, elementary, middle, high and college/university, in both the private and public sectors of education. Regarding the Greek language, she has taught at the preschool and elementary levels, tutoring middle and high school, and the adult education level. Her focus on the Greek language has been on dialect, grammar, spelling, composition and culture. Coming from a strong academic background with established experience in teaching at all levels, and with great student rapport, she brings a wealth of knowledge, ability, and stimulation for teaching the Greek language. Her dedication and belief in a solid foundation of education is complemented by her belief that each student learns differently, such that her instruction is tailored to the needs of each individual student. Her belief that learning should be fun, stimulating and fruitful is evident in her class dynamics. Greek being her fist language and mother tongue, and living the Greek culture, she identifies herself as a Greek. Since becoming a mother, her passion and commitment for teaching the Greek language has been reinvigorated especially in a community so far from Greece. She strives to pass the passion, warmth, inspiration, and education of the Greek language and culture to our next generation of Greeks aboard!
Matina was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since her early childhood she wanted to be a teacher. At the age of 18 she started studying in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki at the faculty of pedagogy in early childhood education. After graduating she took part in the exams of ASEP in which her high scores resulted in her immediate assignment as a kindergarten teacher in a public school. She served two years in a school at Chios island and 3 years in a school in Kavala where she was also the director of the school. She came to California in 2012 and she started working as a Greek teacher at Fanari Academy teaching multiple classes and supporting the school in all of its activities. In the year 2013 Matina was assigned to be the school director and she also obtained the “Routes, teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language” certification. For the last few years she participates in the exams of the Greek language certification as an examiner.
Evanthia Beli Constantin is a founding member of Fanari Academy. She is from northern Greece. She graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki majoring in physical education with a specialty in Ethnic Greek dance. Eva taught in Greek public schools and directed children's dance groups before moving to California with her family in 2003.  She taught greek at Belmont Holy Cross Greek school for two years and then at Fanari Academy from fall of 2006 at its inception to spring 2012. Her two daughters, now high schoolers, were among the first students at Fanari and achieved certification in Greek language proficiency. 

Valentina Ntina

Artemis 4th grade
Eirini Englezou

Artemis 2nd grade
Valentina was born and raised in Greece. Greek language is her mother tongue. She graduated from high school in Athens and she received her degree in accounting from Technological Education Institute of Piraeus-Greece. She worked as an accountant in private sector in Greece for more than 10 years, until she came to California. She has a wonderful family with two kids, both Fanari students. Her love for the kids and her passion to help them learn the Greek language, led her to Fanari Academy.

Eirini was born, raised, and educated in Greece. She holds a degree in French Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She specializes in teaching foreign languages. In Greece, she has worked as a teacher in various schools of foreign languages, and has gained valuable experience in education. In California, she has been a volunteer teacher in the Greek School of Belmont. Eirini is a mother of two girls and enjoys playing, studying, and spending quality time with them. She loves children and enjoys contributing to their education as well as helping them develop new skills.

Marianna Konstantopoulou

​Artemis G1
    Marianna was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She received her BA in Philosophy, Pedagogics and Psychology from the University of Ioannina from where she graduated second in her class and won honorary scholarships from the Foundation of State Scholarship for all four years of her undergraduate studies. She was also awarded a MA degree in History and Philosophy of Sciences and Technology from the University of Athens with magna cum laude. Between 2003 and 2013 she worked both as a full-time and part-time teacher of Greek language in private educational organizations and offered private lessons, leveraging her specialty in modern Greek literature and written composition. In 2007, she joined the administration of the National Technical University of Athens as a full-time employee, position that she left in 2016. From 2016 she moved to California and joined the Faculty of Fanari Academy of Greek Education in Sunnyvale, CA as a teacher. She has been teaching the levels of Certification (A2, B1, B2, Γ), both English and Greek programs and the Advanced Adults class. This year she participated in the exams of the Greek language certification as an examiner. Among her interests are writing, poetry and reading. She is married and has two children.    

Aikaterini Vratti

Artemis 3rd grade
Sofia Petini

Artemis K

Sofia Petini was born and raised in Athens where she graduated from Papagou Highschool. She studied at AKTO interior design and then worked for eight years in multiple Greek magazines (DOL, Liberis publications). She is married and has two daughters. She moved with her family to France for five years and then moved to California since summer 2015.
Aikaterini Vratti is a lawyer and member of the Athens Bar Association. She graduated from the Law
School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2009) and made postgraduate studies
in the field of civil law (2012) at the same Law School. Moreover, she graduated from the
Department of Sociology of the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (2005). She has
worked as an external associate at Greek Research and Technology Network (2010-2011) and as a
consultant at the Special Higher Education Secretary - Ministry of Education (2010-2012).
Furthermore, she has worked as a legal consultant at the HeaL-link (2013-2016), while she
maintained her own law firm specializing in intellectual property, labor, civil and public law. She
moved to the USA in November 2016. She has two children and she has a passion for teaching. She
loves learning from and getting to know each individual child.

Penny Kalafataki

Acting Classes

Η Πέννυ Καλαφατάκη είναι ιδρυτικό μέλος της ομάδας Μη Αναστρέψιμοι - Ονειρόδραμα από το 2004, έχοντας ανεβάσει παιδικές παραστάσεις για παιδιά προσχολικής ηλικίας και παιδιά των πρώτων τάξεων του δημοτικού. Έχει επίσης πρωταγωνιστήσει σε παραστάσεις για ενήλικες όπως “Στον Ίσκιο Της Θυγατέρας”, “The Walking Theory” και “Ξαφνικά Μετά Το Καλοκαίρι”. Το 2000-2003 συνεργαζόταν με το θίασο του Νίκου Καμτσή και το 2003-2004 με το Δημοτικό Θέατρο Κορυδαλλού. Ήταν υποψήφια για το βραβείο δεύτερου γυναικείου ρόλου στο φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου της Θεσσαλονίκης το 2001 με την ταινία “Το Παιχνίδι Της Σκιάς”. Έχει διδάξει θεατρικό παιχνίδι, χοροκίνηση, αυτοσχεδιασμό και έχει διατελέσει καθηγήτρια Θεωρίας της Μουσικής σε Ωδεία.

Board of Directors

Fanari Academy is a parent driven organization, and The Board of Directors is a reflection of that. It is comprised of parents that want to create a strong academic environment for Greek and non-Greek speaking children.
  1. Dimitris Fotakis (Chairman of the Board)
    Dimitris was born and raised in Patras. He came to the US in 1985 for graduate studies. Dimitris holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Informatics from the University of Patras, Greece, an M.S. degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and an MBA from San Jose State University. Dimitris has lived in the Bay Area since 1991. He has worked for a number of technology companies and has founded a few start-up companies. Dimitris is currently VP of Operations and Technology at Portus Inc. He has three kids, all students at Fanari. His vision for Fanari Academy is that of a strong, independent school that promotes greek language and culture via high quality instruction and fosters a thriving community for students and their families.
  2. Vangelis Kokkevis (Secretary)
    Vangelis was born and raised in Athens. He came to the US in 1989 for undergraduate studies. Vangelis holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Brown University and a Masters of Science from University of Pennsylvania. Vangelis has lived in the Bay Area since 2001. He has worked for a number of technology companies and is currently a Staff Engineer at Google. Vangelis is married and has two kids, both students at Fanari.
  3. Tasos Anastasakos (Treasurer and CFO)
    Tasos was born and raised in Greece. After graduating with a Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Tasos came to the US for graduate studies and received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. He is currently a Principal Scientist at Yahoo! Labs. Tasos has one child attending Fanari Academy.
  4. Tasos Constantin (Co-founder, Facilities Director)
    Tasos is a pharmacist born and raised in San Jose, California. He lived in Greece for many years while working for European pharmaceutical companies. After moving back to the USA with his young family, the need for a quality Greek language and cultural program for the children became apparent. He is a founding member of Fanari Academy and believes that the Greek language should be taught by trained teachers and include exposure to the culture and customs of Greece.
  5. George Paparrizos (Communications / PR Director)
    George was born and raised in Athens. After spending 7 years in Germany, he came to the Bay Area in 1996 for graduate studies. Giorgos holds a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Aachen (RWTH) and an MBA from the Haas School of Business. George is currently a Staff Product Manager at Qualcomm Inc., a leader in wireless technology.
  6. Stelios Diamantidis (Marketing Director)
    Stelios is a hi-tech business executive and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Greece, Stelios came to Silicon Valley in the mid-90s for graduate studies and later held engineering positions with industry leader Silicon Graphics. Returning to his native Greece, Stelios founded and led Globetech Solutions, a pioneer in chip design verification technology. He is currently a Senior Product Manager at Synopsys, a leader in electronic design software. Stelios holds an MSEE from Stanford University, CA. He has two children, both students at Fanari.
  7. Dimitris Antonakakis (IT Director)
    Dimitris was born and raised in Athens. He holds a M.Sc. and a B.S degree in Computer Science from University of Piraeus - Greece. Dimitris came to the US in 2013 and he is working for Sage. He is married and has two kids, both students at Fanari.

Be a member of our school!

Are you looking for an opportunity to enchance young children's lives through language and cultural teaching? Do you speak Greek and want to help others learn your beautiful language? Do you have permission to work legally in USA? Then we have a position for you. Take a look at our current open positions listed below.

Greek Language Teacher
We have openings for all age groups (children to adult classes). Applicants must be fluent in Greek and have a University degree. Native speakers with a Greek University degree would be ideal for the positions. The love of the Greek language and desire to teach children is a prerequisite.
Classes are held on weekday afternoons 4:30-6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00-1:00pm. Classes meet once or twice a week depending on the age group. Compensation will be between $20-$30 dollars per hour.

Greek Language Teacher Assistance
We are looking for people that speak Greek and are interesting in working with young kids. Teacher assistants provide instructional and clerical support for classroom teachers, allowing teachers more time for lesson planning and teaching. Teacher assistants tutor and assist children in learning class material using the teacher’s lesson plans, providing students with individualized attention. Teacher assistants also supervise students in the schoolyard, or on field trips.
Applicant muts have a good command of the Greek language and being able to work with young kids as well as teenagers.
Classes are held on weekday afternoons 4:30-6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00-1:00pm. Classes meet once or twice a week depending on the age group. Compensation varies based on experience and qualifications.

Computer & Greek Language Instructor
Fanari Academy is seeking a qualified computer & Greek language instructor to teach at its Sunnyvale(CA) based school. Applicants must hold a degree in computer science or related field and speak fluently Greek. Some teaching experience is desired as well as programming skills. This position is designed to enhance teaching Greek with the integration of computers. Strong communication skills and the ability to use existing software and plan, develop and implement new software for teaching Greek is desired. The applicants should enjoy working with young children. Contact us through this form