Plato Academy Board of Directors

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Dr. Elias M. Kolettis, Chairman

As a physician in Osteopathic/Internal Medicine and as a medical researcher, Dr. Kolettis has been able to provide his considerable knowledge in data collection and analysis, as well as his support in school fundraising and community events to the Plato North School Board. His contributions to the development of our Plato Academy’s mind, body, and wellness programs have been invaluable, especially in our mutual belief towards the education of the whole child. His extensive medical service and support network of community provider contacts contribute towards our efforts to access any needed clinical or therapeutic services. Dr. Kolettis is a parent of three Plato Academy Clearwater graduates.

Mr. Louis Kokkinakos, Vice-Chairman

Mr. Kokkinakos is a local businessman with extensive involvement in philanthropic societies and organization. He is the President and CEO of Foodservice Links that manages the Florida Restaurant Purchasing Group and is the owner of the popular Widow Brown’s Restaurant in Largo, Florida. In the past, he has served as President of the Saint Stephanos’ Greek Orthodox Church at Saint Petersburg, Florida. He is an advocate of Plato Academy Schools and he offers his services whenever it is necessary.

Mr. John Petalas, Treasurer

John Petalas is a successful entrepreneur in various business fields, especially in catering and restaurant management. He is a strong advocate of Plato Academy. Whenever needed, he is there to provide voluntary support to the school. Mr. Petalas’ involvement with the community and expertise in fundraising has assisted with growth in other areas. He is an advocate for student achievement and the Socratic Method of teaching. Mr. Petalas continues to be immersed in ensuring a high quality education for all students.

Ms. Dagmar Ortiz, Secretary

As a teacher by profession graduate of physical education from the National University of Pedagogy in Bogota Colombia she has been constantly pursuing her education in diferent fronts in fields like administration, ethics, human resources and many others. Ms. Dagmar has been involved in community outreach. She has two children and two grandchildren who graduated from Plato Academy, and four children from her family who are currently attending.


Mr. Chris Alahouzos, Director

Mr. Alahouzos is currently serving as Mayor of Tarpon Springs. He is a U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve Veteran, an active Rotary Club member, and is a community activist and supporter of quality educational programs. He has extensive knowledge in the area of telecommunications and holds an electrical engineer’s license. He is a strong supporter of the mission of Plato Academy and understands the relationship between critical thinking skills and academic success. Mr. Alahouzos is currently employed in the Southeast United States Verizon Fiber Optics Department Manager.

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Our Vision:  The Plato Academy Family Empowers All Learners to Exceed Expectations!

The mission of Plato Academy Charter Schools is to assist students in achieving their full potential by requiring and nurturing high academic and behavioral standards in a safe, supporting, challenging and enthusiastic environment fostered by a commitment and cooperative effort between the school, students, parents, and community.

Plato Academy Schools are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and schools as managed by AdvancED. SACS provides nationally recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.