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Instructor Bio

Dimitra Tsekoura (Mika) was born in Athens, Greece. She attended the prestigious ARSAKEION High School for girls with a scholarship which provided her with first class classical education. In 1975, Mika graduated from Law School with a degree in Economics and Political. She then went on to work for several years in the industry of business and advertising.

In 1983 Mika got an Onassis scholarship to attend Boston University for a Masters degree in Communications. While in Graduate school, Mika taught Modern Greek at Greek schools in Arlington and Cambridge MA. After graduating in 1985 she worked for a Law firm in Boston for a year and half translating legal documents, and in the meantime was invited to teach an accelerated Modern Greek summer course at NYU.

In 1987 Mika moved with her husband to Philadelphia PA. She and her family spent a year in Paris during which Mika attended the culinary school Ritz-Escoffier and graduated “chef de cuisine”.

In 1998, Mika began teaching Modern Greek at the University of Pennsylvania. She now teaches three levels of Modern Greek: Beginner, Intermediate and Heritage Speakers. She also occasionally offers an advanced supervised study of literature, for interested students.

Mika’s is very much interested in spreading the Greek language and culture, one student at a time. She also loves traveling and learning about other cultures, fine cooking and history of food, archaeology, painting and art in general. She is also very interested in Politics, like any true Greek.

Mika speaks three languages — Greek, English and French.