Vasilopita Cutting of Prometheus Teachers Society
By Catherine Tsounis
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well,” said Alexander the Great. The Vasilopita cutting of the Prometheus Greek Teachers Association took place on Sunday, 3 p.m. at the Hellenic Cultural Center (HCC) at 27-09 Crescent Street, Astoria, New York. The gold coin went to Prometheus and the Federation of Hellenic American Teachers. The officers of the Greek Teachers Association “Prometheus” who were present included: Vasiliki Filiotis, President; John G. Siolas, Ph.D., treasurer; Adriana Filiotis, secretary; Board Members Stella Kokolis, Timoleon Kokkinos; Alternate members Emily Antonopoulos, Prof. John Antonopoulos, Georgia Filiotis; Auditing Members George Melikokis, Ph.D; Yannis Marcopoulos, former president; Eleni Pylarinos; Demetra Savopoulos; President of HAEA; Marianthi Raptis; Irene Tsiaris; Ioanna Katsaros; Anastasia Korfiatis and educators.
“The work of an educator is a ministry, “explained President Filiotis. “The Greek educator gives his soul to his students. He/she tries to instill a love of Greece, the Greek heritage and the virtues of our ancient Greek philosophers. For this purpose, the educator needs the Greek-American community to stand by him/ her. Our organization has been in existence for 35 years. The purpose is to have the mission of the Greek educator and Greek Orthodox education recognized.”
Photo 1 – The participants in the Vasilopita cutting.