Mary Faleta was born on the 25th September 1950, in Kaisariani, to Vasileios (from Androusa Messinias) and Kanella Koutelas (from Areopolis Lakonia). Mary completed High School in Athens, and after her final exams decided to move to Australia where her fiancé had previously migrated. The reason for her migration was not only to marry, but to continue her education. Marriage happened in the first month after her arrival. Her studies were postponed because of family obligations. She graduated from New England University with Modern Greek, Classical Greek and French. She did postgraduate studies in Greek theater, Greek dialects and Byzantine literature as well as Pedagogy.
In the meantime, she worked as a teacher in the afternoon schools, e.g. Blacktown, Liverpool and Granville. She worked as the principal of Liverpool’s schools, in the public Primary School at Parramatta and in the public High School, Arthur Phillip. Her job at all of the above was part-time or only on Saturdays. She also worked for the Greek newspaper “To Vema” and the Greek program of the radio station SBS. For several years she also worked as a “Health Education Officer” based at the public hospital in the Blacktown area, in the field of heart disease prevention.
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