Maria (Galanis) Arfanakis

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, and then iCoach. Currently, I am the district's K-8 Innovation Curriculum Specialist. 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. At the same time ENJOY it all. I focus on the positive & believe that 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.

•Google Certified Trainer
•Breakout EDU Authorized Trainer
•CoSpaces Edu "Rockstar" Ambassador
•ISTE Member/Presenter
•IDEAil Member/Presenter
•IDEAcon Conference Committee

  • Work
    • Deerfield District 109