Mrs. Stella Kokolis Role in the Celebration of Greek Language

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President Stella Kokolis. Photo by Despina Siolas MD/PhD

“The Greeks have given us one of the most beautiful words of our language, the word “enthusiasm” — a God within. The grandeur of the acts of men are measured by the inspiration from which they spring. Happy is he who bears a God within” – Louis Pasteur1

                Mrs. Stella Kokolis accomplishes projects with enthusiasm and dedication. Her enthusiasm is legendary that explains how she is able to achieve success. Mrs. Kokolis’ role was understated in the February 12, 2017 “The International Day of Greek Language and Culture” at 319 East 74th St., New York City. Over two hundred persons attended. We all came in rainy, light snowy weather for Mrs. Stella Kokolis and Mrs. Vasiliki Filiotis. No one else! She has tried to help everyone.

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President Stella Kokolis, (right) presenting award to Steven Zervoudis as Paideia President Vasiliki Filiotis (left) and Mrs. Angela Zervoudis (2nd from left) look on. Photo by Despina Siolas MD/PhD

She has received criticism whether she is wrong or right. Intellectuals who write books and speak perfect Greek have been unable to reach out to the people of the Greek-American community as she has for decades. As a single parent, the educator understands the voices of the Greek-American people. She is not a transplanted intellectual from Greece. She feels it is her duty to nurture the values of the Greek language and culture that are rapidly disappearing in the United States. An intellectual with multiple degrees, she has kept our Greek legacy to the west alive. Mrs. Kokolis keeps alive the spirit of the heroes who have shed blood and lost their lives to keep Greek culture alive during 400 years of enslavement under the Ottoman Turkish Empire.

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President Stella Kokolis, (right) presents commemorative glass artifact to Mrs. Angela Zervoudis (2nd from left) with Paideia President Vasiliki Filiotis (left). Photo by Despina Siolas MD/PhD

President Kokolis of the Federation of Hellenic-American Educators & Cultural Associations of America has established chapter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Clearwater, Florida, San Jose, California and Toronto, Canada. She was worked in cooperation with education chapters of New York City. “Let us reflect on the admirable work that the teachers have devoted to their students through the decades,” she said. “With courage and perseverance, let us continue to kindle the light of Hellenic education.” She is a graduate of the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and holds graduate degrees from the School of Education of Columbia University.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney paid tribute to her by saying “Friday morning (two days before the event) my office received a phone call to attend,” she explained. “I came special because Stella asked me.” Mrs. Kokolis has loyalty in the American community. Her generosity is legendary. When someone needs funding for a project or a scholarship for a student, Mrs. Kokolis gives money from her own pocket. The educator is one of the giants of our time in the field of bilingual education in the global community.

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Dr. John Siolas praising Mrs. Kokolis contribution to education.

She is a great compromiser, negotiating and settling education disagreements. Her generosity is legendary. When someone needs funding for a project or a scholarship for a student, Mrs. Kokolis gives money from her own pocket. The educator is one of the giants of our time in the field of bilingual education. In 2009, the educator was named “Greek Teacher of the Year 2009” by The National Herald newspaper in New York.
The 25th Anniversary Celebration of   the Hellenic News of America honored on October 14th, 2012 at the at the Concordville Inn-Best Western Hotel & Conference Center in Concordville, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Kokolis has united us in keeping our Greek heritage alive in America.

References:

  1. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Enthusiasm

https://goo.gl/photos/EfEHFhNTjPynr1Mf8 – album. Photos by Despina Siolas MD/PhD

 

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