Eleni Papamichalaki is a Secondary School Teacher of English, an Adolescent Health Counselor and a lifelong learner. She holds a B.A. in Greek and English Language and Literature (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), a M.Ed. in ELT Methodology (Hellenic Open University) and a M.Sc. in Adolescent Health (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Medicine). She has completed multiple professional training programs on new technologies in education, internet safety, differentiated teaching, intercultural and refugee education and primary prevention. She also holds graduate certificates in School Psychology and Mentoring, and Counseling and Assessment in Education. During her undergraduate studies, Eleni was awarded with an Erasmus Scholarship (Universitaet Saarbruecken) and a DAAD Scholarship (Universitaet Freiburg). As an Ambassador of the European Antibullying Program Enable and a certified teacher trainer for School Violence and Bullying, she has made numerous presentations, seminars and workshops to awaken the whole educational community and raise awareness on socio-emotional learning, bullying, abuse, inclusive education and primary prevention. She has authored and coauthored relevant articles in scholar journals and conferences. Her pedagogical philosophy is fully aligned with the principles of democracy, equality, participation, inclusion and multiculturalism. She has been volunteering with prominent educational and health organizations for the implementation of school primary prevention programs to support her students and their families, especially those coming from underserved social backgrounds.
As a Fulbright Fellow in Greece in June 2022, Eleni will be hosted by California State University at Chico under the unifying theme of Liberty, Equality, and the American Dream. Through observation of best practices focusing on sociocultural understanding, equitable learning communities, and diversity, she anticipates to gain up to date knowledge of U.S. education and society and utilize this transformative cultural and academic experience to further cater for her students’ needs and aspirations.