Who’s Who at Plato

Administration

Marianthi Koritsaris
Principal/Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Marianthi has a Master's Degree from UIC in Instructional Leadership and postgraduate credits from National Louis University. As an alumna of Plato and a parent whose three children graduated from Plato, Marianthi has dedicated herself to a career in education and is the core of our school and curriculum. [Read More]

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Maria Bolos
Director of School Operations

Maria obtained her Type 03 teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. She also received a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. She has 10 years of teaching experience in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade. [Read More]

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Classroom and Specials Teachers

Soraya Castro
PreK and Spanish Teacher

Soraya taught ESL to elementary and middle school students and has her B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education from ENA in Ags. Mexico. [Read More]

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Angie Pedowska
PreK Teacher

Angie graduated from Dominican University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. As an educator, she believes it is important to create a positive learning environment. [Read More]

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Demetra Pitsios-Mihalopoulos
PreK-K Teacher
Demetra Pitsios-Mihalopoulos has been teaching for 25 years. She loves working with PreK and Kindergarten children. [Read More]
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Jamyn Craft
K-1st Grade Teacher
Jamyn graduated with her BA in Sociology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She received her teaching certification from MMTTC in Evanston, Illinois. [Read More]
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Anna Toufexis
1st-2nd Grade Teacher
Anna Toufexis has been with Plato since 2013. She took a year off to teach English in Greece, before returning back to Plato several years ago. [Read More]
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Bia Vergakis
1st-2nd Grade Teacher

Bia Vergakis taught in Winnetka for several years before bringing her Reggio-Emilia experience to Plato Academy. [Read More]

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Bridget Grimaldi
2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Bridget Grimaldi graduated from National Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, majoring in Psychology. She spent several years teaching Head Start for CPS, and is happy to be part of the Plato family. [Read More]

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Anna Wians
2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Anna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at National Louis University. [Read More]

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Lizzy Toffenetti
3rd-4th Grade Teacher

Lizzy graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary/Middle Education and Psychology. Before coming to Plato, she was a special education aide at Ivy Hall Elementary School. [Read More]

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Dr. Michael Flynn, PhD
5th-6th Grade Teacher

Dr. Michael attended college at the University of Illinois at Chicago and obtained his PhD in Educational Policy from there in 2012. He became a teacher in 1993 after working as a custodian for the Chicago Public Schools for 10 years. [Read More]

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Chris Kruger
6th-8th Grade Teacher

Chris received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Philosophy, a Master's Degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a Master's Degree in Education from National Louis University. [Read More]

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Despina Toufexis
Greek Teacher

Despina has taught at Plato Academy since 2000. She is a graduate of the Pedagogical Academy of Alexandroupolis and has been teaching at various Archdiocese of Chicago and private schools in the Chicagoland area since 1985. [Read More]

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Zafeiris Makridis
Greek Teacher

Zafeiris is a Greek teacher. He has been at Plato since 2018.

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Ioannis Sotirakos
Greek Dance Teacher

Ioannis has been learning, and continues to learn, Greek dances for 12 years now. He has been performing Greek dances at various Greek fests and events for over a decade. [Read More]

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Grace Canfield
Music Teacher
Grace received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Juilliard School. She has studied piano for the last 18 years, and has been teaching both voice and piano in New York City as well as Chicago. [Read More]
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Lindsay Skarbek
Yoga Teacher

Lindsay Skarbek is the co-owner of Twisted Tree Yoga studio, along with her sister, Marissa Anderson. Lindsay's extensive background in dance is what led her to yoga. She began taking yoga classes regularly during her time studying dance at Columbia College Chicago. [Read More]

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Office Staff

Filisa Mantas
Teacher Mentor
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Vasilike Bolos
School Psychologist
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Taija Sparkman
Yearbook/Website/Tech
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Marissa Anderson
Resources/Supplies/Girl Scouts
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Marina Giannos
Before Care/After Care/Lunch