Georgia (Julie) Gyftoula has a teaching experience of 25 years. She is currently teaching English and serving as the Deputy Principal at the 3rd Primary School of Zografou, Athens, Greece. She holds a Master’s Degree in TESOL from the Hellenic Open University (HOU), Education Management and Administration from the University of Thessaly and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. At the moment, she is a Ph.D candidate of the Department of English Language and Linguistics of the University of Athens and her academic interests focus on the investigation of teachers’ digital literacy practices and identity.
In addition, she has been training future English teachers and offering e-workshops for many years. She has also worked for various projects such as teaching English to adult refugees, educational materials development for the Digital School II project and the training of trainers to the Use and Exploitation of ICTs in Educational Process in Greece. She has coordinated many European projects in her school and organized school-based professional development training courses. Finally, she has received training from the Council of Europe on Competences for Democratic Culture and Education for Human Rights, the knowledge and experience of which she disseminates through her participation in Erasmus+ projects Advisory Boards.
She hopes that the program “American Studies through the Lens of Liberty, Equality, and the American Dream” at the University of Montana will broaden her knowledge on U.S. history, culture and society, add to her expertise and help her strengthen the values of understanding of otherness, acceptance of diversity and the democratic culture of her students.