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Greek CommunityEventsDr. Koularmanis was recently honored by the Greek American Teacher Federation

Dr. Koularmanis was recently honored by the Greek American Teacher Federation

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By Catherine Tsounis

Andreas Lykourentzos, former Deputy Prime Minister of Education, once stated, “Our citizens are dedicated to the trades, professions, and sciences. We are your supporters in Greece and Overseas. The Arcadians remain loyal to the traditions and sacrifices of our Nation on behalf of the Christian Faith and for the freedom of our country.”

These sentiments encapsulate the ethos of Educator/Administrator Dr. Anastasios Koularmanis, whose roots lie deep in Tripolis, Greece. Dr. Koularmanis was recently honored by the Greek American Teacher Federation and its associations at Terrace on the Park, Flushing, NY. The occasion marked International Greek Language Day, coinciding with the commemoration of National Poet Dionysios Solomos, author of the Greek national anthem.

President Stella Kokolis (4th from left) presenting the award to Dr. Koularmani (3rd from left) as Ms. Giota Pechlivanidi, Acting Education Counselor (1st from left), Rev. Gregory Stamkopoulos (2nd from left) and Master of Ceremonies, Leonidas Papoulias (5th from Left) look on. Photo by Catherine Tsounis

Dr. Koularmanis’ contributions to Greek education have been hailed by peers like Dr. John Spiridakis, St. John’s University full professor of Interim Department of Education Chair, TESOL Graduate and Bilingual Education programs. He emphasized Dr. Koularmanis’ dedication to promoting and improving Greek schooling across the USA, noting his invaluable research contributions.

Leaders from various Arcadian organizations attended the event, highlighting Dr. Koularmanis’ leadership and enthusiasm for Hellenic culture. Angeliki Vournas, President of the Pan Arcadian Federation of America, praised his commitment to Greek Paideia and academic excellence, while Christos Vournas, Pan Arcadian Federation of America Eastern District Governor, lauded his over 20 years of service to St. Demetrios Cathedral school system.

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Dr. Koularmanis’ work with the Department of Education of the Greek Orthodox Church since 1974 has been instrumental in reshaping Greek education in the United States. He spearheaded initiatives like the creation of a curriculum for teaching Greek as a Heritage language and the establishment of free online adult language programs.

Dr. Anastasios Koularmanis with Dr. John G. Siolas. Photo by Catherine Tsounis

Additionally, collaborations with organizations like the Center for Lifelong Learning at the Democritus University of Thrace have led to certification programs for educators in the teaching of Greek as a Heritage language. Generous grants from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation have further supported Greek education programs, with a focus on teacher professional development and student offerings.

Dr. Koularmanis’ commitment to community extends beyond education, with involvement in initiatives like the support of the Cathedral School and rebuilding of the Transfiguration Church in Corona. His efforts reflect a dedication to preserving Greek culture and traditions for future generations.

In his own words, “The Greek language transcends its role as a mere means of communication. It is a treasure chest that unfolds the narrative of our culture, history, and philosophical ideas.”

Dr. Anastasios Koularmanis with Mr. Panagiotis Passas, Greece Director General for International and European Affairs. Photo by Catherine Tsounis

Dr. Koularmanis’ journey as an educator and administrator began with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Queens College, CUNY, followed by a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and Administrative Certification. He earned his Doctorate degree in Education from St. John’s University in 2016.

For further information, contact Dr. Koularmanis at [email protected].

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