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Our Team

YES! English Language Center

Makaleka Evaggelia

Founder, General Director and EFL teacher

Mrs Makaleka holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has 35 years' experience teaching English as a foreign language. During her long career, she has attended numerous educational seminars, written articles on EFL issues and participated as a panelist in conventions focusing on EFL as well as the effective operation of language schools.

Tsakiri Maria

Director of Studies and EFL teacher

Maria completed her studies in English Language and Literature and also holds an MA in Business Management from Anglia Ruskin University. She has been teaching English to students of all levels and has also helped design the syllabus followed in our schools since 2004. She has been appointed Director of Studies in our school in Pylaia in 2007. So far, she has attended seminars specializing in EFL methodology, child psychology, syllabus design and classroom management.

O'Connor Kevin

English Language teacher

In addition to having 8 years of experience as an English Language teacher, Kevin also holds a BA in Journalism, and an MA in Graphic Design, and has attended numerous EFL-related seminars, as well as given workshops on topics such as classroom management, lesson planning, and teaching methodologies. Further to his role as a teacher at the school, he is also the Coordinator for the Senior Courses and has written the respective syllabi. He believes learning and improving oneself is key to personal and educational growth and teaches his students using a wide variety of methods, each of which he understands needs to be catered to a student’s individual needs and learning styles so as to help them be the best version of themselves.

Pistikoudis Apostolos

English Language teacher

Mr Apostolos Pistikoudis holds a BA in English Language and Literature, a M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Foreign/International Language (TESOL) and an MA in English and American Studies. He has participated in several conferences, seminars and training courses in Greece as well as Europe and has also studied as an Erasmus student at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He joined the YES! English Language Centre in September 2020. Prior to this teaching position, he has worked as an English teacher in several English Language Centres as well as a Vocational Training Centre specializing in adult education. Lastly, he has worked in Magnifico Summer School in Reading, UK.

Tatsiou Melina

English Language teacher

Melina holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, UoA and a Master’s degree in Linguistics, AUTh. She has taught classes of all levels, has worked with both underage and adult students and is particularly experienced in exam classes. She loves travelling and other cultures, so she didn’t miss the opportunity to work for a language center in NYC with international students and colleagues. Attending seminars and workshops on teaching methods, psychology, and English language certificates is also something that she values so as to be able to use up-to-date techniques while lesson planning and teaching.

Salaounis Ioannis (John)

English Language teacher

Mr Salaounis holds a BA in English language and literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He also holds a Master degree of the Arts in English and American studies. He has attended numerous seminars regarding American and English literature, pedagogical topics, theatre and cinema. He loves teaching English and motivating his students to love the English language as well as its cultural impact.

Tsourka Eirini

English Language teacher

Political Sciences graduate from the University of Essex, Great Britain, with postgraduate Computer studies. Additional qualifications on “Special Education and Mental Wellbeing in Education” and “Mental Wellbeing of children and adolescents” from the University of West Attica. She has taught English as a foreign language since 2002. She has delivered Quality Assurance consulting services to Language Schools in 2006-2010. Since 2010 she facilitates Animal Assisted Language Learning. Being a big fan of lifelong learning, she has attended numerous seminars on teaching methodology and child psychology.

Rizopoulou Anna

English Language teacher

I am a graduate of the English department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from which I have also obtained a master’s degree in Theoretical linguistics. Moreover, during my internship at a Primary school of Thessaloniki, I attended the English lessons of the youngest students of the school. While I was a university student, I was giving private English lessons to young children, teenagers and adults. When it comes to teaching, my philosophy is based on listening the language at the first place and then observing it. In this way, the young learners have the opportunity to process and experience the language on their own so as to use it in the future. Some activities which I include during my lessons are team games, songs and videos that bring the young students into contact with the English language.

The common thread that binds together all of us working at "YES" is our love for our profession, our high academic qualifications and expertise in teaching English to both children and adults as well as our versatile experience in applying modern, innovative and tested teaching methods.

Learn about our classes and our philosophy



One of the determining factors in the success of our programmes is our teachers. Graduates of Greek and foreign universities, with MA degrees and extensive experience

Professional Development

We are continuous learners who constantly strive to develop professionally

We love what we are doing

We are people who love teaching and we are willing to go the extra mile to make your child feel cared for and capable of attaining all of their learning goals. That is why they aim at creating happy, well-rounded individuals.

English, a second mother tongue

Lessons are held primarily in English, even from beginner classes, since English is like a second mother tongue to them.

...and the success comes easy!

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