About the Program
Archaeology After School (AAS) is a free pre-collegiate enrichment program designed for students of Greek community schools aged 12-17 across the West Coast. The focus of this selective program is to learn about classical archaeology, as we encourage students to critically think about their own heritage and beyond.
Our program was founded on the principle of connecting students of different Greek-speaking levels to understand the impact of the cultural diaspora and investigate the past, present, and future with immersive resources and materials. While taught in English, the program will also offer modules targeted to advanced Modern Greek speakers.
Currently, AAS consists of a series of online modules and interactive materials on topics related to archaeological methods, Greek history, classical studies, and cultural heritage, among others.
Using a student-centered and inquiry-based approach, each module features a combination of engaging videos, presentations, interactive and collaborative activities, and a modern language component where applicable.
Meet Our Team!
Eva Prionas teaches at Stanford University. Her expertise has contributed to the advancement of teaching methods and professional development in the field of language education with focus on less commonly taught languages. She completed her BA at the National University of Athens, Greece and her Ph.D. in the field of Education at Stanford University. She is an advisor to academic language programs and she mentors community-based Greek schools. She is the Founder and President of the American Association of Teachers of Modern Greek.
Grace Erny is a PhD candidate in Classical Archaeology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the archaeology and social history of Greece in the first millennium BCE, and her dissertation investigates social inequality and rural communities on the Greek island of Crete. Grace has worked as an archaeologist in Greece, Israel, Cyprus, and the United States. She currently lives in Athens, Greece.
Elle Ota received a B.A. in Archaeology and Classics, and an M.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University. Her research focused on the socio-politics of international cultural heritage, as well as the connections between classical history and modern-day communities. She has completed field research on a Roman shipwreck in Sicily, and worked at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris. She currently works as a Development Associate at the Human Rights Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting human rights in closed societies.
Ioanna Kravariti holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Archaeology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, and she is a MA degree candidate from the Instructional Technologies program at San Francisco State University. Ioanna has taught history and modern Greek in educational institutions in Greece from 2006 to 2010 and has been teaching Greek as a second language in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2010.
Alexia Moustakas is an undergraduate student finishing her second year at the University of California, Davis, where she is pursuing a major in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. Ever since she grew up speaking Greek at home in the Bay Area, Alexia has loved learning languages; in addition to Spanish, she is studying Italian. She is proud to be a second-generation Greek-American, and she particularly enjoys celebrating her heritage through traditional Greek dance. She is also an avid swimmer. Alexia was excited to join this project to offer insights from a user experience perspective.
Nicole Vakis is a fourth year undergraduate at Stanford University, finishing a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus where she grew up speaking Greek and English at home. She has since been a student in Stanford's Modern Greek Heritage program. She is passionate about diverse social and cultural studies. In her free time, she loves cooking, reading, and playing board games.