The Greek Education Department visits various metropolises through GOARCH

Under the direction of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Director of the Department of Greek Education Anastasios Koularmanis and Associate Director of the Protopresbyter Gregory Stamkopoulos began visiting various metropolises across the country to listen and learn from metropolitans, clergy , ward presidents, school board directors, and teachers. to the real daily problems they face in teaching the Greek language in their communities.

According to Koularmanis, serving as the department head requires talking one-on-one with educators and discerning what their top priorities and needs are. “These visits give us the opportunity to speak directly to clergy and teachers to hear their voices and experience first hand what they would like to see addressed for their welfare and education in their schools,” he said. declared. “We are also taking the opportunity to speak to frontline staff to discuss the day-to-day issues they face in realizing our aspirations as an Archdiocese. We need and need their advice on how we can move forward.

Koularmanis recently visited metropolitan Detroit in September, where he was received by Metropolitan Nicholas and had the chance to meet more than 20 clergy and more than 30 teachers and principals. The meeting resulted in a fruitful exchange of ideas on how parishes can benefit from collaborative programs and projects, and educators shared their concerns, as well as their desire to work together so that parishes can continue to offer students the opportunity to learn the Greek language. .

In August, Metropolitan Savas, Chancellor Rev. George Callos and Director of Education, Mrs. Maria Stamoulis, hosted Koularmanis in Metro Pittsburgh, where discussions with educators focused on how the Archdiocese can better serve the metropolis’ unique schools and programs .

“Every metropolis I have visited so far has been incredibly welcoming and it was wonderful to see so many enthusiastic clergy and teachers speaking proudly about their parish programs,” Koularmanis said.

Department leadership will continue to visit metropolises with the aim of understanding each of their needs and barriers and how the Department can help them move forward. The Department has developed a number of new educational resources for teachers working in parish programs and in schools, including the upcoming 4th Annual In-Person Educational Conference on November 12.

To learn more about the various programming opportunities available to parishes, contact the Director of the Greek Education Department, Mr. Anastasios Koularmanis at @[email protected]

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Helen D. Jessen