Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Farewell to Addie Kostakou

Addie Kostakou, 59, teacher of English, FL school owner, author and publisher
passed away on the 2nd of February. Kostakou was born in Laconia. She studied
English Language and Literature at the English Department of the University of
Athens. She also did postgraduate studies at MacGill University, Canada.
In 1973 she opened a Foreign Languages School (Hillside School) in Kypseli,
the most populous area in Athens. The School flourished and Kostakou soon
gained popularity as a teacher who applied innovative methods in teaching and
addressed individual interests and needs.

The publishing house (Hillside Press) which was set up in 1990 was equally
successful. Addie used to produce her own material for school use. Under
the encouragement of her teachers and friends she published her first
supplementary books which were enthusiastically received by teachers and
students alike. Sales boosted her confidence. She soon produced coursebooks
for all levels which had topics about global peace and understanding, people
with disabilities, migration etc. She was a hardworking person but she always
kept a balance between work and family life.
Kostakou had a son, Orestis, who is a university student.

The ELT Community in Greece, which has lost a dedicated teacher, an author,
a publisher, a colleague and a friend, offers its deepest condolences to her
husband and son for the sad loss.

(source:eltnewsletter, 15 February 2009)