We are Natalie and Despina. We come from Greece and we have been living in the United States for a number of years. Since 2013, we have been actively involved as Sunday School teachers and coordinators in our local Greek Orthodox parish, St. Demetrios of Union, New Jersey. We realize that teaching our faith to our children cannot be achieved without living it ourselves, and this is naturally an ongoing process. Working for Sunday School has been an enriching addition to our spiritual journey, and we feel very grateful to have been provided with this opportunity.
Natalie was born in New York City, grew up in Athens, and is currently living in New Jersey. While in Greece, she first attended the Athens University Medical School, and then got a degree in graphic/interactive media design and visual communication from Vakalo Art & Design College. Later on, she studied children’s illustration and Byzantine iconography, and now she is working towards a degree in Greek Civilization Studies from the Hellenic Open University. She has been working as a freelance designer and as a teacher at her local Greek-American community. She is a mother of three. Samples of her design/illustration work can be found at her online portfolio. If you can read Greek, please feel free to visit her homeschooling blog, where she has been recording her experience teaching Greek History to her own children.
Born and raised in Athens, Despina likes to say that she originates from the beautiful island of Chios. Following her B.A. degree in Statistics and Actuarial Studies from the University of Piraeus in Greece, she gained extensive working experience as an administrative assistant, book-keeper and business software analyst. Despina met her Cypriot – American husband in Chios, relocated to New Jersey, and became a mother of two. She is very much involved in volunteer work at her children’s schools, in roles such as coordinator of the parent volunteers at the school’s Library; classroom parent coordinator; art appreciation volunteer; instructor in after school enrichment activities. She enjoys reading books and blogs, and appreciates peace and quiet.