Maria Galanis (Arfanakis)

Educator in Chicago, Illinois

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Hi! I'm Maria, an educator living in Chicago and working in the northern suburbs at Deerfield Public School District 109. My journey in EdTech began in 2001 as the Tech Coordinator at one of the middle schools in the district and my role has continued to evolve throughout the years. I am currently the DPS109 K-8 Innovation Curriculum Specialist helping introduce, integrate, and support innovative learning practices throughout the district. I received my M.Ed in Curriculum & Technology to deepen my understanding of how technology can enhance learning, connecting people and the world. I continuously have my eyes open in the world of tech and innovation including the world of web3 and the next generation of the internet. I try to focus on the positive & believe everyone has the ability in them to be great in their own way.

I'm married to one of the nicest guys, Konstantinos Arfanakis, and we have two little ones, Gia and Leo.

Identity • Culture • Community

•ISTE Member/Presenter
•IDEAil Member/Presenter
•IDEAcon 2020, 2021, 2022 Conference Committee
•Ed3 DAO Genesis Member / Ed3 Educators Community Lead Team
•Google Certified Trainer
•CoSpaces Edu Ambassador

  • Work
    • Deerfield District 109