Teaching Staff Profiles

Dr Irene Zinonos

PRINCIPAL

SACE 1 & 2 Teacher

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Irene has been the principal of Port Adelaide Greek school since 2018. She was born and raised in Cyprus and is a native speaker of the Greek Language. Irene has a medical research background and currently completing her Masters degree in teaching. She has been teaching at ethnic schools, including Port Adelaide Greek School, since 2007, and has been a SACE teacher since 2015.

"This experience has been the most liberating and rewarding of my life as I love being in the classroom, creating fun and engaging learning environments for my students. More importantly, teaching the Greek language and culture has given me the opportunity to be part of a wonderful community where I have created strong and meaningful relationships with all our students and their families. I endeavour to build on the amazing work of our previous principals and teachers by continuing to positively influence our young people’s characters and install in their hearts the love and pride for our fascinating culture, language and traditions".

Ms Georgina Markos

Deputy Principal

Kindergarden Teacher

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Georgina Markos is a qualified teacher who has 34 years of teaching experience across a variety of country and metropolitan schools in Adelaide. She completed her Diploma of Teaching (Primary) at Underdale College of Advanced Education. She is currently teaching at West Lakes Shore R-7 School as a Year 3 class teacher. She has been teaching Kindy students at PAGS since 2017.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed being actively involved in the PAGS Community and working with such a dedicated and hardworking team of talented Greek teachers. My aim is to provide an exciting learning program for Kindy students which will motivate them to develop their Greek language skills and be proud of their Greek heritage throughout their life."


Ms Tsambica DeGeorge

Reception Teacher

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Tsambika is a teacher with many years experience in both mainstream and ethnic schools. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma in Language Teaching, specialising in Modern Greek.

I believe children are capable of many great things and I endeavour to always encourage them to achieve their very best.“


Ms Hara Zinonos

Year 1 & Year 7/8 Teacher

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Hara is a teacher with a postgraduate degree and a masters degree in educational science. She completed her studies at the University of Cyprus. She has been working at Port Adelaide Greek School since 2017.

"I have thoroughly enjoy being part of this amazing team of educators and I consider myself a member of the Greek Orthodox community of Port Adelaide. My outmost aim is to help the children connect with their Greek background and culture and improve their skills in the Greek language".

Ms Sophia Vasileiadou

Year 2 Teacher

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Sofia received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Athens and continued with Masters in Education in the UK and then in Australia. She has been teaching Greek since 2016, since she migrated to Adelaide.

“I always knew that teaching is my passion but never imagined I would be teaching our Greek language and culture in Australia! It is a beautiful and rewarding journey and now that I am raising my own bilingual kids I can see even better the importance of Greek school for our community!”


Ms Katerina Prantsidis

Year 3

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Kathy moved to Greece when she was a teenager, where she finished her studies in Thessaloniki. After living and working in Greece for 30 years, she returned to introduce Australia to her family. They have been in Adelaide for 2.5 years.

“As a child who grew up spending my childhood in both countries, I value the significance Greek school community has in passing on love and knowledge of our heritage, culture and language to our children. I’m very excited to be teaching at Port Adelaide Greek School and be part of this. Contributing to our Greek pride, determination, and joy of what it means to be Greek.”


Ms Rita Rossidis

Year 4 Teacher

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Rita lived in Greece for 17 years before coming back to Adelaide with her family in 2011. She started working at Port Adelaide Greek School in 2020 and is very excited to be part of the teaching team and the community.

"I am very passionate about teaching the Greek language to young learners to keep the Greek culture alive".

Ms Nelly Theodoridou

Year 5/6

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Nelly was accredited as an Ethnic Schools Teacher in 2017 by completing her Accreditation Course for Teachers in Ethnic Schools, specialising in Modern Greek. She has worked in a variety of Greek schools, teaching across all the primary school levels and up to Year 10 of high school. Nelly has been teaching at Port Adelaide Greek School since 2018.


“I love working at the Port Adelaide Greek School because we all feel like we are not just a school but one big family. The lovely staff support and encourage each other which is passed on to the students. Personally, it gives me much delight and satisfaction when I see the younger generation learning the Greek language and having a relationship with their Greek culture.”


Mr George Grammatikou Year 9/10

Mr George Grammatikou

Year 9/10

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George was born and raised in Veria, a town 70 km west of Thessaloniki. He graduated from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and for 8 years he taught math to students in Year 6 - Year 12. He came to Adelaide in 2013.


"I consider myself lucky and grateful, because I have always had good teachers. They were the ones who inspired me and helped me to become who I am. Being a teacher at Port Adelaide Greek School will combine two things I love, teaching and the Greek language, a language in which so many beautiful and useful things have been written.”


Ms MaryAnn Iliou

Greek Dance Teacher

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Mary-Ann has been a Greek dance teacher at PAGS for over 10 years and has been dancing since she was able to walk. She has performed with many dance groups over the years at festivals such as the Semaphore Greek Festival, Glendi, and the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival to name a few.

“Greek dancing is a huge part of my life. My mum taught dancing at the Greek School, and I’ve now followed in her footsteps. It’s amazing to see how the community of Port Adelaide continues to grow with every generation and I’m blessed to be a part of this wonderful community. It’s crazy how the circle of life works as I am now teaching children of parents that my mum taught. I love seeing the growth in the students each week. Watching the students perform after all the hard work they put in is extremely rewarding.”


Father John Choraitis

Greek Orthodox Priest

Religious Teacher

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Father Ioannis Choraitis was born in Pirgos Ilias, Greece and studied Theology at the ecclesiastical School of Corinthos for 2 years and then at the Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens for 4 years. He was then ordinated as priest under the Holy Metropolis of Ilias in 2008 and continued his theological studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for 3 more years. He came to Australia in 2012 and became a parish priest at the Greek Orthodox Community of Port Adelaide and an integral member of our school community since then. He visits the school on a regular basis and provides religious instruction on the Greek Orthodox faith to our students.


"The school for me is the most vital part of our parish. There I feel the love of the children and the presence of God in their hearts. Christ and the church are an integral part of the Greek spirit and I hope to offer my services to the children and their families with God’s blessing."


School Support Officers & Volunteers


Mr Chris Sioutis

School Support Officer

Ms Antonia Andonas

School Support Officer

Ms Simone Katsilis

School Support Officer

Ms Helen Iliou

School Support Officer

Ms Christine Vlassopoulos

School Support Officer

Mr Jamieson Noutsatos

Youth Group Representative