The Lighthouse School Team consists of educators, teachers, psychologists, designers, dreamers and creators.
We implement our principles of democratic school by choosing to be leader-free in order to give each and every member of the staff, children and parents millions of opportunities to contribute to co-construction of this unique school.
We welcome parents and volunteers to join and journey with us.
I graduated University with a master’s degree in counselling / psychology and have an undergraduate degree in communications/political science with a minor in philosophy.
I worked with children/adolescents in residential treatment centers in Texas, and since the late 90’s run a private practice. I also served as a part-time school-counselor for a decade where I closely supported students, parents and teachers. Over the years I have participated in and run workshops, groups and seminars in both educational and psychological development. Also should add that I have founded or co-founded different social-activist groups meant to spark grass-roots movements of concerned citizens wanting a better society.
I am one of the primary founders of the Lighthouse School which we created on the concept that children should love learning, learn in a way that suits them and address their personal/social as much as their academic development.
Besides bringing together the best ideologies and practices in education from around the world to inspire the Lighthouse School students, I believe that a school should be the micro-utopia that lights the way to a better society where people believe in a far better world and are willing to contribute to that future.
A few words about Costa from a colleague.
When Costas suggested to me years ago that we start up a “school with a difference” together, I told him he was mad. I watched as he single-handedly found a building and with blood, sweat and tears converted it into the magic of what the Lighthouse is today. Then he turned his hand to peopling the building with wonderful adults and children who blew on the flame to light the spirit. That journey took enormous courage, dedication, determination and most of all.... unshakable vision. That is Costas - a dreamer. Who makes even the wildest of dreams come true. (Cathie Timotheou)
I studied Philosophy and Pedagogy in Thessaloniki and I completed a Master Degree in Education Management in London. I lived in London for 13 years and I was employed as a qualified teacher in English and Greek schools, teaching different age groups and subjects such as Arts, English, History, Maths and Religious Studies. When I moved to Cyprus I volunteered in an English school, assisted children with homework and taught Greek to adults.
I joined Lighthouse school is because it's a different vision of school (very similar to certain schools in London). It focuses on every child’s development using their interests while building confidence and independence within the group. I specifically appreciate the thematic curriculum we use because it motivates children so they become actively involved so learning is more natural and fun.
I studied Greek philology in Athens and have a Master’s in Education from the University of Cyprus. For the last 8 years I have taught different age-groups ranging in age from 6-60 in subjects such as Greek history, ancient Greek, mathematics and Greek for foreigners.
I happily ‘work’ at the Lighthouse as a Greek teacher and teacher assistant. I like working here because we emphasize a wide variety of teaching methods to help each child individually to develop, adapt and comprehend while always considering their confidence and adapting to their unique learning styles
I have a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology. I am finishing my MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy. I've worked with children, management and staff in private schools, on matters related to the children's well-being.
I later helped young and vulnerable individuals adults who were underachievers at school, homeless and ex offenders. I helped mentored them into achieving various degrees and facilitated their integration into the community and society.
I've counseled families and children who are Political Refugees / Asylum Seekers further monitoring their mental health, social and psychological well being.
I'm a firm believer that children just like adults, have rights and should be treated with respect and love. Moreover, here at the Lighthouse School since we customize and personalize the education for each child, we nurture their innate talent/personality and creativity.
LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL COUNSELOR'S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Help any student in need of academic, social and emotional assistance. • Act as a resource person • To be students advocate not a disciplinarian. • To be involved in activities and services that will enhance the quality of our students’ school experience • Facilitate student achievement and personal growth through systematic and developmental classroom guidance experiences, behaviour, academics, extra-curricular activities, etc. • Promote individual/ group awareness and personal growth. • Prepare and supervise a variety of lessons. Help children to explore feelings and emotions that are often related to their experiences. Offer them the time, empathy and respect they need to express their feelings and perhaps understand themselves from a different perspective. The aim is to reduce their confusion and help children towards a deeper understanding of their concerns (“I” messages, feelings, communication, friendships, conflict resolution) • To help children reflect on what is happening to them and consider alternative ways of doing things and further cope with challenges to make positive changes in their life where necessary. • Establish a relationship of trust and respect • Work with agreed targets/ goals in relation to the child • Undertaking group as well as individual therapy on occasions • Encourage children to talk about issues they feel they cannot normally share with others • Actively listen to childs concerns and empathising with their position • Challenge any inconsistencies in what the child says or does • Help children to make decisions and choices regarding possible ways forward • Referring parents/ families to other sources of help, as appropriate; include me and/ or colleagues in the field out of school hours. • Liaising, as necessary, with parents and staff to help make changes based on the issues raised by the child • Maintain appropriate student-adult boundaries. • Establish a nurturing environment that promotes communication. • Meet face-to-face with parents during set office hours • Develop positive relationships and provide extra support for individual students as needed. • Provide educational research for the program when and where necessary • Facilitate the teachers understanding of a child’s needs and provide teachers with suggestions for effective classroom management • Attend parent/teacher meetings • Monitor and review progress of the child and determine the success of the strategies and intervention in and out (break duties) of the classroom where necessary • review and evaluate a plan for students if needed. Check the progress and monitor all students by sending progress reports (ILP updates) to parents and follow up. • Set up meeting with parents and actively involve parents or legal guardian in the development and implementation of further interventions • Potentially create a parent educational workshop
My name is Pambos Artemiou and I am 26 years old. This is my second year at Our Lighthouse Primary school as a year 5 and year 6 mainstream teacher and I am really excited about this. I have a Bachelor Degree from the University of Ioannina and a Masters degree in Educational Assessment from the University of Cyprus. At the Lighthouse I am given the opportunity to apply this knowledge in my lessons. My general philosophy is to make kids happy and make sure that when they are at school they feel like being at their second home. Education comes easy when it is playful, relevant and occasionally unstructured and those are the methods used with our students. Finally, my special role as a Physical Education’s teacher allows me to combine learning with exercise and this is of great importance for me. The ideal educational system for me is a system that manages to bring to life the Ancient Greek quote
‘’Brain healthy in healthier body’’.
I have a BSc in Primary Education and a Master's in Greek language teaching and Pedagogy. I have worked as a teacher assistant in a Public Primary school. I have supported a group of non-native speakers who were learning Greek as a second language. Furthermore, for the past two years I have been teaching English and Arts in two afternoon public schools.
This year I will be at the Lighthouse School as a Greek teacher and teacher assistant for year 1 and year 2. I am very happy to work here and I am sure it will be a challenging year full of new experiences!
Hello! I was born in Limassol Cyprus, on October 29th at the end of 90s. So I am not that old to execute all my dreams, oops let’s say not all of my dreams, because I may need another one life. I have studied Electronics and Communication Engineering. Following this I decided to start playing with Robots and be involved in the creating them. It wasn’t as fun as it sounds! If you therefore decide to follow such a path, think twice maybe even three times... After my bachelor’s degree I decided to take a break and return to my beautiful island and rest a little. Funnily enough, my vacation was extended. This was an attempt to initiate my own startup business called “NTSomnii”. This is mainly based on Research and Developing. The creation of my second company shortly followed. This company goes by the many of “3D Makers” which is based on 3D Printing services and Product Developing. Among all areas which I currently occupy myself, I am also keen to get involved with and make a difference in the educational system. My goal is to establish areas in which to enhance creative thinking and project-based-learning. I therefore decided to begin teaching my own course namely known as Product Developing with 3D Printing and Robotics. I have identified that I don’t have life anymore (and for some strange reason I LOVE IT). It seems I plan to stick around for this year and possibly the following year also.
“I cannot be a teacher without exposing who I am”, Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom
Teaching is a human act which leads both the teacher and the students to new learning paths while holding each other’s hands when questioning, researching, inventing, building and rebuilding knowledge. My love for learning led me to apply for a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary School Education at The University of Cyprus from which I have also graduated from. I continued my studies in Sweden, where I pursued my Master Degree (MSc) in Outdoor and Environmental Education. Learning in the outdoors is a powerful tool which is meant to support and enrich the teaching methodologies which take place in the classroom. Keeping in mind today’s multicultural and multilingual classroom, I further decided to apply for another Master Degree in Language Teaching (MA). This was to acquire more knowledge regarding modern and effective methods of teaching language to native and non-native speakers. Whilst studying, I have worked as a kindergarten teacher at an international school. I have also worked as an afternoon teacher in public schools; providing homework support and organizing creative activities. I am working at Lighthouse School since September 2015 and I truly share the vision of a more progressive, open-minded and humanitarian approach to education, which will eventually lead to a better world.
‘The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow.’ ~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed and a fairer society.
I have studied English Language in the UK where I also continued my Master's degree in TESOL. I have been an English teacher for six years and I have taught a variety of different age groups. I feel very excited to be a team member of the Lighthouse school. I am passionate about teaching, I love being in the classroom and continue to gain a great deal of pleasure from seeing my students learn and achieve.
I have been a professional musician since 2003 and have had the pleasure of sharing my passion on stage with many great musicians around the island and abroad in major EU cities. This experience has given me the opportunity to create a fantastic bond and has given me the opportunity me to network with several renowned musicians within Cyprus, which I cherish till this day. As the owner and music manager of, I have managed to create one of the most influential jazz bars in Cyprus (MarMia Kafeneio). This concept had in mind a platform which was created solely for the free expression of musicians, to play the music of their soul and consequently transmit that to the audience. Being involved and a part in the musical CABARET at Theatro Ena as saxophonist since 2007/8 was the highlight of my professional career. Playing live music enabled me to become more technical when having to perform in the studio. At present I am the lead saxophonist in a well-known local blues/rock band named BluesWreck, and another band which plays Jazz named Ο Αρφός του. Moreover I write music for both bands.
I believe that everybody should have some form of involvement with music on some level and it should be a part of everybody’s life. Whether this is by listening, singing, playing a musical instrument, or even just dance to the rhythm of MUSIC, or any combination of the above. It is soothing for the soul and mental food for the brain, and it’s a positive way to create diversity in the development of children.