x

Associations

Petros Fourniotis, New Principal of the Greek School of Plato, Speaks to TNH

NEW YORK – Petros Fourniotis spoke with The National Herald about taking up his new position as principal of the Greek School of Plato in Brooklyn. In particular, Fourniotis noted that his ambition is to modernize the teaching method, going beyond the process of a simple educational program.

“First of all, I want to tell you that I feel very happy. I have been in Greek communities, parishes and schools since I was a child, I have always liked traditional dances and everything that has to do with Greece. So I would like to build a school the way I dream of it. I want the programs to have all the necessary elements. Not only through language learning, but also through the experience of our daily lives and our celebrations. This will be a deep knowledge for the children. To integrate them into everyday life. The desk and the book are necessary, but they are not enough. We want something more well-rounded,” Fourniotis told TNH.

When asked about the challenges of providing Greek education to second, third and fourth generations Greek-Americans, who do not have living family members of the first generation who immigrated, Fourniotis replied that a result can be achieved, as long as the teaching time is used properly.

"It's what I told you, the deepening of knowledge. These children, in order to speak Greek, must listen to it every day. When we work with third and fourth generation children or from mixed marriages, where the Greek grandfather and the Greek grandmother are not at home, we understand that it is difficult for them to speak the language. But we must bring them in contact with everything Greek. For example: I am not interested in teaching the students that koulourakia are made in Greece. First of all, it is better to take them to the kitchen to see how the koulourakia are made. To see them and to smell them. We should use all five senses in teaching. It is a firm opinion of mine,” he told TNH.

Fourniotis comes from Kefalonia, both on his father’s and mother’s side, but he was born in New York. He knows the Greek language very well, as he noted, it was the first language spoken at home.

“My parents were born in Greece and I was born here, but the first language I learned was Greek. I learned English when I went to school. Until then, I did not know one word of English,” he said, expressing, at the same time, his thanks to the Greek School of Plato for choosing him as the new principal.

“I would like to thank all those who trusted me with this work and I am convinced that, all together, we will make something very beautiful,” concluded Fourniotis.

Fourniotis' hiring was officially announced by the Greek School of Plato on July 26, and he will be the first principal in the school’s new building, at 670 92nd Street in Brooklyn, which will be inaugurated on September 18. In its announcement, the school stated that Fourniotis “is well-known in the Greek community for his contribution to the preservation of Hellenic cultural identity.”

“For 30 years he has been preserving, promoting and perpetuating Hellenic tradition, language and culture to the Greeks of the Diaspora,” the statement continued, adding that “under the leadership of Mr. Fourniotis, the Greek School of Plato is rolling out its new curriculum in the fall. Fusing together traditional teaching techniques with new methods to include music, theater, dance, philosophy, sociology, history and the revival of Hellenic traditions, the goal is to engage and inspire students to embrace their rich Hellenic culture.”

More information about the Greek School of Plato is available online: www.thegreekschoolofplato.org.

RELATED

BABYLON, NY – On November 13, Veterans Day, the AHEPA Brothers of Babylon Chapter 416 honored the veterans who served in the United States military supporting our country in a ceremony at St.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Warnock or Walker? Georgia Runoff to Settle Last Senate Seat

ATLANTA — Georgia voters on Tuesday are set to decide the final Senate contest in the country, choosing between Democratic Sen.

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s company was convicted of tax fraud on Tuesday in a case brought by the Manhattan District Attorney, a significant repudiation of financial practices at the former president’s business.

With Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, the superstar striker’s replacement scored a hat trick to lead Portugal over Switzerland 6-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Morocco became the first Arab nation and only the fourth African nation to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals, beating Spain 3-0 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is still actively searching for ways to safeguard abortion access for millions of women, even as it bumps up against a complex web of strict new state laws enacted in the months after the Supreme Court stripped the constitutional right.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.