This web site is the original Home on the Web of the the Saint Katherine PAIDEIA Bilingual Nursery and Preschool. The GoPaideia site is not affiliated with the Saint Katherine Church and has been created to support the effort of bringing more Nursery and Preschool programs to our Churches.

The PAIDEIA Bilingual Nursery and Preschool offers a unique and nurturing environment in which children, at a very early age, are immersed in the Greek language, culture, and the Greek Orthodox faith.

HERE IS A LINK to the Summer Camp of the Sparta Metropolis

The addition of a full-day Bilingual Nursery and Preschool program provides an opportunity for the Church to provide a much-needed service to young families, increasing Church membership and stewardship revenue.    The program utilizes classroom space that sits idle during weekdays, and has great potential to bring additional cash flow and greater revenue to the Church, and to afford to hire full-time trained Greek teachers that can teach at both the Preschool and Greek School. 

To view up-to-date information on the Saint Katherine Program visit the Hellenic Education Center web site for up to date enrollment information and curriculum.

The Program was founded in 2008 by the parents of the Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Community with the support of Father Costas and the Church Council to be a resource for all of the children in our community.


The Saint Katherine PAIDEIA Nursery and Preschool is currently accepting enrollment for the Nursery Program (ages 2-3) and the Preschool Program (ages 3-5). 

Ask about enrollment for the NEW Kindergarten Program.


For more information on the application process, please contact the school Director or call the Church office.

The Saint Katherine's Council approved a strategic plan to create a Hellenic Education Center.

Read the full PDF version of the document here.HECStrategicPlan.pdf

According to the New York Times, there is now scientific evidence supporting the many benefits of a second language:

"There are two major reasons people should pass their heritage language onto children. First, it connects children to their ancestors. The second: Bilingualism is good for you. It makes brains stronger. It is brain exercise."

Excerpt from the New York Times article, The Bilingual Advantage, by Claudia Dreifus, May 30, 2011

Click here to read the full article.

Our Mission

The PAIDEIA Preschool of Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church will provide for our children a safe, healthy, tolerant and stimulating learning environment of outstanding educational quality.  Our goals are to promote the Physical, Emotional, Cognitive and Spiritual development of our children. We will encourage the unique growth of each child using a Greek/English bilingual curriculum through fun and play.


How We Got Started

PAIDEIA as many of you know comes from 'Paidos' for 'child' and is the Greek word for 'education'.  Modern PAIDEIA educational programs are based on Ancient Greek philosophical concepts and use the Socratic method to prepare students for life by focusing on the development of critical thinking skills. The Ancient Greeks knew something about life we are only beginning to understand today – while we humans owe our very existence, our 'psyche' to our God, the contents of consciousness and what a child learns about the world and their place in it is the responsibility of each parent.  Critical thinking skills developed at an early age prepares students for life and serves as the basis for them to excel in all aspects of their life; so they can find personal fulfillment, make a good living, and be contributing citizens in a democratic society.  

We celebrate the treasure that is our Hellenic heritage.  We proudly believe that the Greek language, the Hellenic Cultural Heritage, and our Greek Orthodox religion is a part of who we are, and does not have to dissolve into the melting pot of America. We believe that when our children spend their early years in an immersion language program; learning about the Greek Orthodox Religion and celebrating Hellenic culture, they will grow up to be well-rounded American citizens and better prepared for their continuing education and life.


With this belief, the parents of Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church founded the School with the support of Father Costas and the Church Council to be a resource for all of the children in our community.


If you believe that a language immersion style Bilingual Preschool & Nursery with full-day or half-day participation is of benefit to your family and child, please contact the Saint Katherine Church. 



Greek education in the United States dates all the way back to 1776, as that is the year the first Greek School was built in St. Augustine Florida.  Today, one of the most popular and successful Greek-American schools, Archimedean Schools, founded in 2002, has recently been ranked 2 out of 799 schools in the state of Florida, with a waiting list of over 1000 students from all ethnic backgrounds.

At the Archimedean Schools, students are required to take classes 2.5 hours a day in Greek, not just language courses, but other subjects as well. This is a testament to the growing demand for these types of schools. read the full article.


  • 15 May 2020 7:53 PM | Tony Alexis (Administrator)

    Tony Alexis <tony.alexis@gmail.com>

    Thu, Sep 18, 2008, 3:25 PM

    to educmarilenatsirigotakisGeorgefrcostas

    Hello Ka Rassia,

    With your help the Paideia Preschool of Saint Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA opened its doors this past Monday the 15th of September.  The Preschool has started operations with 11 children enrolled and is offering Full-day and Half-day Bilingual instruction for children 3-5 years of age.  We could not have afforded to operate this program were it not for your help in securing a J-1 Visa Teacher from Greece under the funding and auspices of the Greek Government.  We are grateful for your help in our obtaining theTeacher from Greece and thankful that the Greek Government is providing this invaluable assistance to our Church community so we can educate our children while preserving and promoting their Hellenic cultural identity. 


    On Wednesday the 24th of September Father Costas of the Saint Katherine's Church will be blessing our program with an 'Agiasmos' service at 11:30 am.

    On behalf of the Director, Ka Marilena Tsirigotakis and the Preschool Organizing Committee, we would be very pleased to invite you as well as your colleagues from the Greek Embassy Office of Education to visit our classroom and see our Paideia Preschool Program first-hand.   

    We look forward to seeing all of you at the 'Agiasmos' service and thanking you in person. 






    Tony Alexis

    Organizing Committee

    Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church

    Paideia Bilingual Preschool


  • 15 May 2020 7:50 PM | Tony Alexis (Administrator)

    Re: Greek Teacher and the Visa Document

    Tony Alexis <tony.alexis@gmail.com>

    Sep 3, 2008, 4:43 PM

    to Georgefrcostas

    Hi George,

    Below are the names of Children whose parents are ready to enroll as of September 15th - some are children of teachers and others are from families that have requested to speak with Father Costas about tuition reduction. 

    These are our 'guinea pig' families that have agreed to sign their children up without any assurance of the quality of the curricullum nor the quality of its teachers and they deserve our thanks and consideration for their support of the program.


    Margarita Michalas

    Georgia Fotopoulos

    Michael Fotopoulos

    Kyriakos Psaromatis

    Niki  Psaromatis

    Eleni Karageorge
    Sebastian Haritos

    Aristotelis Alexis

    Son of Nick Panteleos


    Most of these families are looking for full-time enrollment but their participation will depend on the tuition that they are able to afford.

    There are other families who have stated to me that they want to enroll their children, but they will not sign up until the program is in operation and they've had a chance to come and observe it.  I believe from the level of interest that another 4 children will be signed up by the end of the first School year Fall/Winter 2008.  I have also spoken with many other parents who want to enroll in the Spring or Fall of 2009 to where I can state with confidence that we'll likely add another classroom for the Spring.

    I look forward to your continued leadership and support of this worthwhile Ministry that offers the promise of great benefits to our Children and for our Church Community.




    On 9/2/08, George Moshos <gmoshos@wtopnews.com> wrote:

    i will not be at the church til 7pm i have 3 meetings  gm

    From: Tony Alexis [mailto:tony.alexis@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 9:40 AM
    To: George Moshos
    Subject: Re: Greek Teacher and the Visa Document


    Good morning George,

    can you try to swing by the Church and sign a check or see if Harry can do so today.

    I'd like to ship the check to the Cordell Hull Visa agency for overnight shipment.

    I will check with Mr. Vlachos in the afternoon but please let me know when it is ready for pick-up.






    On 8/30/08, Tony Alexis <tony.alexis@gmail.com> wrote:

    Here are some projections with the Greek Teacher paid for by the Greek Government.


    On 8/30/08, Tony Alexis <tony.alexis@gmail.com> wrote:


    we have Daphne and Mallamo responding that they will be there after Church.

    Harry is out of town with his wife but Nick Panteleos will be there as well as Marilena - the proposed Director.  I have not gotten hold of Dr. Banks yet.

    Make some time after Church for us to meet as we should have 5 members of the Committee there.




    From: minoanone@verizon.net [mailto:minoanone@verizon.net]
    Sent: Sat 8/30/2008 11:43 AM
    To: Tony Alexis
    Subject: Re: Organizing Committee meeting - urgent meeting

    Hi Tony,

    Both of those times work for me; let me know when it will be.  I will also call you later.


    On 8/29/08, George Moshos <gmoshos@wtopnews.com> wrote:

    tony,   i am not going to make this decision on my own... it has to be made by the committee ...as it was approved at the board meeting...you need to have a committee meeting to make this happen  gm

    From: Tony Alexis [mailto:tony.alexis@gmail.com]
    Sent: Friday, August 29, 2008 5:12 PM
    To: George Moshos; gmoshos@aol.com
    Subject: Greek Teacher and the Visa Document



    this teacher is for real.  She was assigned to Chicago and they do not have a spot for her.

    I spoke with her and Father Costas has signed the attached Form requesting her for our School.


    I have attached the entire document from Cordell Hull which explains the entire process.

    We are close and I'd appreciate your help on this.

    Call me 703.599.8608 if you can meet tonight or tomorrow so I can anwer your questions.

    The only item remaining is the $600 check and our Invitation form to be mailed to Cordell Hull so they can mail the Visa docs to Greece.


    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Tony Alexis <tony.alexis@gmail.com>
    Date: Aug 29, 2008 12:47 PM
    Subject: Re: CHF Agreement Contract
    To: pro@cordellhull.org



    as instructed by Ms Mason I am providing my company FEDEX account for use to expedite mailing to Greece. 

    Our FedEx number is 2344-8603-9


    The Saint Katherine's Greek School is sponsoring the teacher Maria Manousaki-Kalogeraki

    011306978626216 is her Greek Cell phone number.

    Μαρια Μανουσακη <maromanousaki@yahoo.gr> is her email.


    Please communicate with Ms Manousaki with directions to facilitate her J-1 Visa travel for work at our School.



  • 15 May 2020 7:34 PM | Tony Alexis (Administrator)

    Fwd: CHF Agreement Contract

    Tony Alexis <tony.alexis@gmail.com>

    AttachmentsWed, Aug 27, 2008, 9:02 PM

    to frcostas

    Hello Father Costas,

    attached is the paperwork that the Cordell Hull Organization wants us to complete and FAX back.  The first document is for you to sign and the rest for the Teacher.

    There is a $600 fee that I hope Saint Katherine's will provide out of the $2500 fund provided for use of the Preschool by the Council.

    Let me know when I can come by and pick up the signed Agreement form and the $600 check.  I will take care of getting the Teacher document sent to Ms Maria Manousakis for her to sign and FAX back.

    I will call you tomorrow - If you are not working I can drive to meet you for your signature.

    My cell  # 703.599.8608




    - The Lord does work in mysterious ways - with his help the Preschool Program may yet have its Greek Teacher paid for by the Greek Government.

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: pro@cordellhull.org <pro@cordellhull.org>
    Date: Aug 27, 2008 5:29 PM
    Subject: CHF Agreement Contract
    To: tony.alexis@gmail.com


    Dear Mr. Alexis,


    Ms. Mason advised me to forward this CHF Agreement Contract to you.




    Val Bertelsen

    J-1 Visa Coordinator

    Cordell Hull Foundation for International Education

    501 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor

    New York, NY 10017

    Phone:  212-300-2138

    Fax:  646-349-3455



  • 15 May 2020 7:30 PM | Tony Alexis (Administrator)

    Email to Fr Costas and the President of the Council, Mr George Moshos

    forwarding an email of interest from a neighbor living near St Katherine as well as announcing the June 21st presentation to the St Katherine Council to seek their approval.

    Fwd: Founding parents presentation to the Saint Katherine's Church Council this Wednesday!

    Tony Alexis <tony.alexis@gmail.com>

    Sep 19, 2006, 7:17 PM

    to frcostasgmoshos

    Hello Father Costas and George:

    I thought you both would appreciate this email from a neighbor of our Church.

    Wonder how Monique found out about the Pre-School?
    As per below I responded that we'd love for her to support us at the BZA hearing - we can't turn her down yet :-)



    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Tony Alexis <tony.alexis@gmail.com>
    Date: Sep 19, 2006 7:07 PM
    Subject: Re: Founding parents presentation to the Saint Katherine's Church Council this Wednesday!
    To: Monique Miller <busybee998@yahoo.com>


    Hello Monique,

    thanks for your interest in our Church Pre-School program.
    The latest news is that we have been notified by Fairfax County that the hearing date for our permit Variance application is scheduled for November 7th.

    We need to gain the approval of the BZA to go forward with the Pre-School.

    We would very much appreciate your support and attendance at the hearing.  Would you be able to attend?

    Also please let me know about your child and how you would like to use our program.

    Feel free to call me @ 703.599.8608 to discuss.

    Thanks again,


    On 9/18/06, Monique Miller < busybee998@yahoo.com> wrote:

    Good morning,

    I am not a member of the parish but I live nearby and
    I am on the mailing this for the pre-school/daycare.

    Has there been any more progress on the school moving

    Many thanks.

    Monique Miller

    Note: forwarded message attached.

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    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: "Saint Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church Day Care " < tony.alexis@gmail.com >
    To: "Monique Miller" <busybee998@yahoo.com>
    Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006 21:06:02 -0700 (PDT)
    Subject: Founding parents presentation to the Saint Katherine's Church Council this Wednesday!

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    The Saint Katherine's Greek Orthodox Community Paideia Day Care and Pre-School program Newsletter

    June 17, 2006Presentation to our Church Council Wednesday June 21st!

    Founding parents presentation to the Saint Katherine's Church Council this Wednesday!

    Hello everyone,
    I was just notified this week by the Church Council President, Mr. George Moshos to go before the Church Council on Wednesday and answer any questions they may have about our proposed Child Care Pre-School program.
    My apologies again for such late notice.
    The Church Council has requested that Founding members meet with them this coming Wednesday 7:30 PM to answer questions about our proposed Day Care/Pre-School at Saint Katherine's. Unfortunately I have been too busy to call anyone but if any of you have the time to attend this meeting please let me know.
    If you cannot attend please e-mail me your thoughts on why you think this program is important for our Children and our Church Community. As Father Costas and the Council President are both solidly in support of our efforts I believe this meeting will be to educate everyone on the Council as to the need for this program and its benefits to the Church and to our Children. And to gain their support going forward.
    Thanks again for your interest in helping our kids,
    To all the Fathers - Happy Father's Day.
    We'll notify you of our progress and schedule to meet after we know the Date set by the County for the BZA Church Variance hearing.
    Me Agape, Tony Alexis
    my email: tony.alexis@gmail.com

    Interesting links on Paideia as well as the history of Hellenic culture and Education Greek Orthodox faith.

    Greek Orthodox Educational Principles and our Cultural Heritage
    Hellenic Paideia and Church Fathers - Educational Principles and Cultural Heritage by Father Demetrios J. Constantelos

    Interesting Facts

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Education - useful information and resouces! Greek Orthodox Department of Education link on the Web

    Here is an interesting link to sites about Ancient and Modern Greece and Hellenism
    Greek links on the Web

    Relevant Links

    Saint Katherine's



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  • 15 May 2020 7:29 PM | Tony Alexis (Administrator)

    In 2005 my son Aris was born and I began to think about his educational future and the fact that with both my wife and myself working we needed to find a nursery program to care for him during the week.  

    What began as my desire to provide the best early childhood experience for my son by immersing him in the Hellenic Orthodox culture and language quickly became an Odyssey of human passions and behavior of unimaginable extremes.   The creation of the Paideia Bilingual nursery and preschool program and its successful outcome often appeared to depended as much on divine intervention and miracles than human intelligence or planning.  But slowly a group of parents came together and worked to finally start the program in 2008 - and was especially aided by the Greek Government's provision of a Teacher from Greece.  Ms Maria Manousaki, arrived in August of 2008, under the J-1 Visa program, to teach the 5 children we had managed to have enrolled to start in September.

    Little did I know that my Odyssey would bring me to the writings of Fr/Dr Demetrios Constantelos, and a deepening appreciation of the deep connections between Hellenic Paideia, Greek philosophy and the Greek Orthodox religion. I had begun my working life in the Restaurant business of my family, and after owning several restaurants I had sold them and had gone back to school in my 30's during the 1990's. I had completed my studies with a BA in Religious Studies and a BS in Psychology at UCSB and then enrolled in the Masters of Psychology program at the the University of West Carlton, near Atlanta Georgia to study human consciousness.  I never wrote my Thesis as I decided that Habermas was right and communicative action is the ultimate meaning of life.

  • 15 May 2020 7:22 PM | Tony Alexis (Administrator)

    Tony Alexis <tony.alexis@gmail.com>

    Wed, Oct 12, 2005, 11:56 PM

    to frcostas

    Hello Father Costas,

    here is a suggestion for the Presbytera to use and edit as she sees fit for the Day Care meeting Announcement in DOXA.



    Child Day Care informational meeting October 20th at the community center after church.

    Interested in a Church based Cooperative Daycare or a Mothers morning out?

    All interested parents, vollunteers or day care professionals - If you are interested in joining our discussion on starting a daycare program at the church for infants-4 years old or finding out what it would take for our community to start this type of program please attend. 

    We'll share lots of information and we promise a lively and useful discussion.

    If you are not able to attend or have comments or suggestions please e-mail Tony Alexis, tony.alexis @gmail.com  or call 703.599.8608.


    Thanks for your support and guidance on this matter,


  • 13 May 2020 10:33 PM | Tony Alexis (Administrator)

    What follows is the history of how the Paideia nursery and preschool program was started and the multitude of issues that were encountered to organize, fund, staff, manage and integrate this program as a valued ministry of the St Katherine Church community.

    I am writing this for several reasons.  The first being that it has been 15 years since the idea of this program began and I had hoped that by now it would have achieved a more solid operational footing and greater enrollment and unfortunately it has not. I believe we learn from the past and history is important in that it provides the hindsight that hopefully will help the new leadership of the program to better understand the nature of the obstacles that they may encounter and avoid some pitfalls and unnecessary conflict.  The second reason is that I hope readers outside of our small Church community may read this and it would help them create a similar program.  Finally I believe the Paideia nursery and preschool program is a new Educational paradigm for Greek Orthodox Churches in America and ultimately this blog is here to support their growth.  


St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA 22041        

Copyright 2011, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Saint Katherine Web site

Tony Alexis, Founder. Paideia Bilingual Preschool & Nursery


For information about the Preschool 
Phone: (703)671-7715
Email our Director:
Evi Tzanavara

For comments or questions about this website contact Tony Alexis tony@gopaideia.org


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