Maria Arfanakis (Galanis)

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. I received an M.Ed in Curriculum & Technology because I love what tech can bring to learning, connecting people, and the world. 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, 2022 Conference Committee

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    • Deerfield District 109