George was born in Athens and completed his education at the German School of Athens. He obtained a diploma in Marine Engineering from the Technical University of Hannover and has since gained extensive experience in various aspects of Marine Engineering. In addition, he has served as a professor and researcher, delivering lectures to under- and postgraduate students at the NTUA and various international institutions. As of the start of 2023, George has assumed the position of General Manager at Nipiaki Agogi. He is the husband of Anna Raftopoulou father of two sons.
Niki is a graduate of the Laboratory of Liberal Studies in Modern Pedagogical Sciences and of the I.E.K. AKMI with a specialization in Pre-school Education, Creative and Expressive Activities. Additionally, she has participated in seminars on psychology and drama. Niki has held the position of head of the department for children aged 2-3 years at Nipiaki Agogi since 1996. As of 2017, she has taken on the role of overseeing all organizational matters at Nipiaki Agogi, providing essential information to new parents, offering support for any issues that may arise, as well as contributing to the children’s smooth adaptation.
Irini holds a degree in Early Childhood and Educational Sciences from the Democritus University of Thrace and has several years of experience in education.She has attended various training programs on modern theoretical and teaching approaches and continually seeks opportunities to expand her knowledge and keep up with the latest developments in the field. She works at Nipiaki Agogi since 2016 and guided by the experiential and collaborative learning of children encourages them to develop their skills and senses. In 2021 she took over the role as the Educational Program Manager, coordinating the work of the school’s teachers and continuously monitoring the children’s progress, supporting their all-round development, physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively.
Nipiaki Agogi pays a lot of attention in the choice of the teaching staff. All teachers work full time in each class and sometimes temporary interns become part of Nipiaki Agogi’s team. Teachers who work with children of three years or older hold a university degree. Besides the basic requirements, emphasis is given on age and work experience, as well as the attitude and knowledge, resulting in a good relationship among colleagues in each class.
High attention is also paid to the choice of our partners such as the foreign language teachers, the ballet and the theatre instructors, the psychologist, the pediatrician, the child dentist, the speech therapist, the training teachers and the swimming instructors.
Like many leading overseas organizations, Nipiaki Agogi has since 2019/20 integrated occupational therapy into its curriculum, a well-known and state of the art method for monitoring children. By incorporating an experienced occupational therapist into the school, Nipiaki Agogi aims to improve children’s efficiency in the classroom, focusing on learning factors (such as language (writing skills), concentration, memory, etc.) as well as self-care and communication skills and sport/ physical activities.Prevention and support are therefore offered within the school community for the child.