Tina Sgouropoulou was born in Athens. She is a graduate of Pierce and holds a degree in Shorthand-Typing-Setting of Archives and Public Relations. She is a member of the Association of the Journalists of Athens (EΣHEA) and the Society of Greek Public Relations. Tina has been recognized with awards from the Botsis Foundation for her successful career in journalism, as well as from Pierce and Rotary Club.
Her professional journey includes presenting programs on Greek television and radio, where she served as an editor for a women’s magazine. Tina has also contributed to various magazines and newspapers, translated books, organized public relations events for numerous companies, and worked in the fields of advertising and communication.
Tina’s extensive experience extends to conducting interviews with notable figures, such as Sean Connery, Geraldine Chaplin, Julio Iglesias, Jeremy Irons, and José Carreras, as well as various VIPs like Paolo Bulgari, and renowned fashion designers like Oscar de la Renta, Pierre Cardin, and Karl Lagerfeld. She has also interviewed former Queen Farah Diba of Iran and the famous hairstylist to stars and queens, Alexandre de Paris, along with many famous Greek artists, painters, writers, and politicians.
Tina is married, and her daughter is a Pierce and Deree Alumna. She is also a proud grandmother.
Q: What are three enduring values Pierce has taught you?
Respect- Discipline- Creativity
Q: Describe Pierce in three words.
A lesson of Life.
Q: Which is your fondest memory from your time at Pierce?
Participating in a theatrical play about the pilgrims during Thanksgiving Day in my first year at Pierce.
Q: What do you miss most from your days at Pierce?
The pure, innocent friendships.
Q: If you could go back in time, is there anything that would you do differently?
In some cases, I would have made different decisions, but in general, no.
Q: Where was your favorite spot on campus?
Lying on the grass of our garden, after lunch.
Q: Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Ftiaras of Nea Ellinika was my favorite teacher. He was a philosopher, a broad-minded educator, a calm and sweet individual, and a Greek from Egypt (as my father was). He was a citizen of the world, possessing charisma and the ability to transform a lesson into an interesting experience. He opened our minds to literature and nurtured our love for reading books. In his class, we often read poems, theatrical dialogues, and pages from books, much like actors do.
Q: After graduation, have you maintained a relationship with your school and classmates?
Of course, I have kept in touch with many of them.
Q: Looking back how did your time at Pierce help you become the person you are today?
Pierce opened my mind to education, instilled confidence in myself, taught me to respect others and myself, and inspired me to consider the needs of others and serve them to the best of my abilities. It encouraged me to strive for self-improvement, face people without fear, fight for my rights, and maintain a hunger for learning.
Q: What advice would you give a new Pierce student?
Take full advantage of everything this unique school in Europe has to offer for your future. Keep your ears, eyes, mind, and heart open, and respect both your teachers and the school’s rules.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
From everything, that surrounds me. Good and bad incidents of everyday life.
Q: What is your motto in life?
“Never look back, never regret. Move on”.
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