Maria Arfanakis (Galanis)

Educator in Chicago, Illinois

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Hi! I'm Maria, an educator living in Chicago and working in the north suburb of Deerfield. My journey in EdTech began in 2001 as a middle school Tech Coordinator, which evolved into Tech Coach, then iCoach, and am currently the K-8 Innovation Curriculum Specialist in my school district helping introduce, integrate, and support innovative learning practices. I received an M.Ed in Curriculum & Technology because I love what tech can bring to learning, connecting people, and the world. When I think of my ideal focus in education, I want it to FOSTER, ELEVATE, & INSPIRE CURIOSITY & WONDER. 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.

Equity • Identity • Culture

•Google Certified Trainer
•Breakout EDU Authorized Trainer
•CoSpaces Edu Ambassador
•ISTE Member/Presenter
•IDEAil Member/Presenter
•IDEAcon 2020, 2021, 2020 Conference Committee

  • Work
    • Deerfield District 109