I am a former Biology Teacher and currently Leader of environmental education activities in Athens Greece. I coordinate the projects of almost 150 schools and provide training, support and counseling to secondary education teachers and students. I feel very passionate about promoting environmental understanding, helping people adopt more sustainable practices and implementing projects that have a positive effect on their lives. Over the years I have also been developing engaging and innovative science education activities for my students, helping them prepare for their university education. These activities have gained international attention and brought me in close collaboration with European experts in the field of Life Science Education such as the European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS – EMBL) with whom I had the privilege to work as Visiting Teacher. Currently, I am working on promoting Materials Science Education in collaboration with the Materials Research Society Outreach committees. Find out more about me at vkioupi.com
My teaching philosophy is student-oriented,project-based, students discover knowledge and build 21st century skills by participating and designing educational activities, taking the initiative to research their topics of interest, collaborate with their peers, while the teacher caters for the students' needs and acts as coordinator of their efforts and as facilitator of knowledge, helping them realize their potential.
• Fulbright Scholarship for Educators, Study of the United States Institute, 2016 • Darwin Scholar, Field Studies Council, UK, 2015 • ELLS-EMBL Prize Draw winner for European Teachers, December 2014 • 1st Prize in the National School Contest on Energy-saving, WWF-Greece, July 2013 • Honourable mention for the construction “Hybrid wind turbine”, National “Science on Stage Europe” contest 2012, November 2012 • Honourable mention for the laboratory activity “The amazing world of microbes”, National “Science on Stage Europe” contest, November 2014 • Innovative educational activity award, Microsoft-Partners in Learning, Panhellenic Contest of Innovative teachers, March 2011
EDUCATION MSc (Hons) Science and Environmental Education BSc (Hons) Biology
Check out my blog "BIOLOGY+" for teachers and students at vkioupi.com