Hi! I’m Eleni.
World citizen of Greek descent.
A human being who teaches human beings.
Lover of sushi, sun and making things fun.
I’m part of the minority of IB Diploma teachers who’s done the IB Diploma myself. I ended my school journey with the IB Diploma program at the Anglo-American School of Moscow in 2004, after experiencing a diverse range of schools systems, from the perspective of a student.
As a little girl, I experienced the European School system (Brussels), British school system (Khartoum). As a teenager, I also experienced the American and international school systems (Moscow & Islamabad).
Fast-forward to 2018, and I’ve now trained 3,000+ learners (300+ of whom were IB Diploma candidates) myself in my work of being a classroom teacher, workshop leader, middle manager, and youth mentor over the last 10 years.
I’ve designed various educational training programs for parents and colleagues over the years.
And I’m here to be part of the solution of helping youth and all members of a school community take responsibility for their emotional well-being and emotional hygiene goals so we all do our part in moving from striving to thriving. I’m willing to work with like-minded people who care about helping to bridge the gap between the exam-heavy requirements pre-university programs in the mainstream education system, and the well-being work/life skills that youths need to thrive in the 21st century global economy.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I want to help bridge the gap between mainstream education systems and 21st century work/life skills.
Cerebral education is what mainstream education systems currently value, which is obvious to all when you look at the predominantly intellectual nature of how all mainstream education systems reward achievement in school.
I feel we need to go beyond academic knowledge, if we are to equip youth and school communities with the work/life skills they need to navigate life.
We live in an extraordinary time in human history where the technological and information revolution have greatly accelerated the pace and pressure of day-to-day life.
Add to the mix how the increase in competition for university applications in recent years has increased the cognitive workload pressure on youths, and you get a very high pressure environment for youths to be growing up in, all over the world, and for the educators who support them to be working in.
Now more than ever, I believe emotional education matters just a much as cerebral education.
According to the World Health Organization (March 2017): “Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide”.
Youth are very much affected, as are school communities in general.
I care about the need to address this rise of emotional and mental health challenges facing youth.
And I respect the important and challenging work that psychologists, hypnotherapists, energy healers, and trauma specialists do with their clients, in this time of global mental health crisis.
I love building on the important work of these practitioners through my workshops and mentoring programs with youths who want to work on taking their life from ‘I’m well (and surviving)’ to ‘I’m well (and thriving)’.
WHAT I DO
I believe in the importance of teaching teens and young adults practical strategies and universal principles for how to focus more, stress less and motivate themselves.
I also believe in the importance of everyone in a school community (teachers, parents, school leaders, carers) stepping up their efforts to improve their own well-being; we all know that kids learn best from what they see, rather than simply being told what to do.
I work internationally both online and in-person with people who want to make a difference in the world, by first making a difference in their own world.
People who understand the importance of learning how to improve your emotional hygiene and creating helpful self-care habits, not only for yourself, but also for the quality of your contribution to your community, to your country, and to the world.
I’m a classroom teacher, workshop leader and youth mentor.
I use my personal and professional experiences to create well-being workshops, talks and programs for youths who want to redefine success from striving to thriving.
In my freelance work, I work with people who want to learn how to focus more, stress less and motivate themselves.
People who want to learn how to achieve more…WITHOUT sacrificing their health and well-being.
I know it’s hard.
You’re not alone. I’ve been there, too.
That’s why I do the seminars and mentoring programs that I do.
I BELIEVE CONFIDENCE CAN BE LEARNED
It takes confidence to believe you can focus more, stress less, and motivate yourself.
It takes confidence to believe it’s possible, and to change your self-care habits.
To challenge the status quo of a world culture that celebrates sleep deprivation, burnout, and “success” at all costs.
And confidence is like a muscle; the more you work it, the stronger it grows.
There’s always a ‘next level’ of confidence to learn.
I wasn’t born confident; I was a shy little girl. All I know, I had to learn.
I had to learn how to stop hiding by the food/drinks bar when networking and making new friends.
I had to learn how to overcome confidence crises when revising for important exams.
I had to learn how to move from being successful to feeling successful.
I had to learn how to overcome struggles with body confidence.
Learning how to overcome fear of public speaking was a challenging goal, not a gift.
I had to learn how to take better care of myself.
To treat myself like a human being, rather than a “human doer” – which I took to an extreme in previous chapters of my life as I tried to power through daily “To Do” lists of inhumane proportions.
Often feeling like I had to skip lunch and ignore my other basic human needs to get it all done and make it through the day.
I had to learn how to continue getting amazing results through my work of helping people achieve their goals… without feeling like I must neglect my own human needs and well-being along the way.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
For you to have read this far, it means there’s something that resonates in what I’m saying.
What’s frustrating you?
Do you wanna learn how to take your confidence, time management or well-being skills up a level?
What life skills would you like your child or the students in your school to work on?
What do you want to achieve?
Let’s chat. Please CLICK HERE to tell me a bit about what you’re looking for and I’ll get back to you as soon as (mindfully!) possible.