Persefoni Mamoukari is from Thessaloniki. She is the mother of three boys aged 21, 19 and 17. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an MA in Black Sea Studies from Democritus University of Thrace. She is currently conducting a PhD research on “Frequency and Confidence of Second Language Learning Strategies use” (Applied Linguistics) in the Greek Literature department, Democritus University of Thrace.
She has attended a number of conferences and has written papers in refereed proceedings, regarding the learning strategies employed by monolingual Greek speaking and bilingual Greek-Turkish speaking learners of English. She speaks English fluently and is a proficient speaker of French. She also speaks German, Turkish and can use the Braille writing system.
Persefoni has been working as a teacher of English since 1992 in private and public schools and in Democritus University of Thrace. She is an oral examiner in the KPG English language exams. Her present post is in Rhodopi Directorate of Education, where she provides Counseling services, organizing student workshops and teacher training seminars on: Human Rights, Equal Opportunities, Cultural Diversity, Bullying/Cyber-bullying, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress Management during Exams, Addictions, Psychology and Art/Music Therapy - Drama Therapy, the Social Implications of Poverty / the Financial Crisis.
Her interests focus on language teaching, communication strategies, learning strategies, art and education, human rights, gender issues, school psychology, and psycholinguistics, equity, social integration. In terms of pre and in-service training, she has attended training courses on “Teaching Greek to non-native speakers”, “Inclusion of the Blind or Visually Impaired students”, “School-unit Management”, “Theater Studies”, as well as seminars on issues related to Literature, Social Justice, the Educator’s role, Prevention of Crimes against Humanity, Equal Opportunities, Transition Pedagogy, Cultural Understanding through EFLTeaching.
Being an active member in cultural and social groups, she is an active volunteer and has organised a number of events. She is also a member of the “Teachers4Europe” Secondary educators’ group, established by the European Commission, in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Education.
Attending the SUSI 2016 program will enable her interweave her research on Learning Strategies with new approaches presented, such as service-learning practices, formulating a different educational approach. An approach, that emerges from the need not only to provide education in diverse cultural settings but also to effectively engage the students in a motivating and meaningful learning experience.