Hi, I’m Eleni! I’m a personal Youth Mentor. I also work part-time as a History teacher for the St Catherines British School (Athens, Greece).
I’m a lifelong learner. World citizen of Greek descent. Lover of sushi, sun and making things fun.
A human being who teaches human beings.
I combine my training (PGCE, MEd Researching Practice) on how to create an effective educational program with my passion for well-being to create educational well-being programs.
In my mentoring practice, I work with parents who care about helping to bridge the gap between the exam-driven pressures of mainstream education, and the well-being work/life skills that youths need to thrive in the modern world.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I’m here to help bridge the gap between mainstream education systems and 21st century work/life skills.
Cerebral education is what mainstream education systems currently value. This is obvious. Look at the predominantly intellectual nature of how all mainstream education systems reward achievement in school.
I believe 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 the challenges of modern life.
I also believe we need to move beyond rewarding achievement in schools as a way of motivating students to learn.
How can we focus on external motivation symbols like school awards ceremonies, trophies, and grades in order to motivate students to learn, and expect students to be able to transition into the real world or adulthood, which often requires us to dig deep into our internal reservoirs for motivation to get things done?
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”.
One way or another, students are often very much affected, as are families and school communities, in general.
We live in an extraordinary time of change in human history. The Technological Revolution and the Information Revolution are accelerating the pace and pressures of daily life.
I care about the need to address the rise of emotional and mental health challenges facing so many student today in a pro-active way, through education.
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.
And I love building on the important work of these practitioners by helping students move away from “I’m well. I’m surviving”, towards “I’m well. I’m thriving.”
I know it’s hard.
I’ve been there too.
But I’ve come through.
That’s why I do the work I do.
WHAT I DO
I use my personal and professional experiences to create one-to-one educational mentoring programs for students to teach them how they can change their habits to change their life.
I work with teenagers who are open to learning how to improve their emotional self-care and study skills. In all cases, the well-being of the students I work with is being compromised because of school-related stress. They’ve stopped enjoying the learning process.
Some of the students I work with are highly conscientious and self-motivated, but they suffer from performance anxiety. I teach them how to reduce their performance-related stress, so that they can achieve their goals with more ease and flow. I also design bespoke educational programs for students who’re struggling to motivate themselves and get their school work done. I help these students learn how to focus more and motivate themselves, so that they can start doing better at school and improve their self-confidence.
I believe we need to teaching students strategies and universal principles for how to focus more, stress less and motivate themselves. Confidence and resilience are skills that help students face their current and future challenges.
My mentoring programs usually include parent support sessions. I facilitate educational parent-child relationship building sessions
Kids more learn from what they see you doing, rather than what you tell them to do. Seeing one of their parents going on a parallel journey with them to reduce their own stress is is powerful. I love helping youth, and those who support them, take better care of their health and well being, because human beings are social creatures.
We learn best when we learn together.
School-related stress often puts a strain on a parent’s relationship with their child. Reducing relational stress in those difficult teenager years helps create a calmer home environment. It helps a student focus more easily on their studies.
I believe in the importance of strengthening the parent-child relationships, as well as supporting parental well-being.
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 want your child to learn how to take their confidence, time management or well-being skills up a level?
What life skills would you like your child to work on?
To get in touch with me and see if I can help, click here and tell me about your particular situation.
Eleni is a personal Youth Mentor for Stress Relief who works closely with parents to help them support their child as they prepare for externally-marked exams, such as the European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, GCSE, A Level or Greek national (Panellinies) exams. She loves working one-to-one with teenagers to help them learn how to focus more, stress less and motivate themselves. Eleni also works part-time as a History teacher at St Catherines British School in Athens, Greece. She is a UK-Certified teacher (QTS) who’s taught over 3,000 students as a classroom teacher since graduating from Cambridge University (PGCE, MEd). This includes teaching and mentoring well over 300 History students in preparation for their final GCSE, IGCSE, A Level and IB History exams.