Instructors

All of ICC courses are taught by native-speaking Italian teachers.

We seek part-time native Italian instructors with the start of each new term to teach Italian language or Italian culture classes in art, music, opera, literature, and more!

If you are interested and live in the San Diego area with a valid work permit, please contact us at info@icc-sd.org with your resume. Thanks!

The ICC is proud to employ some of the best professionally trained instructors. Classes are taught by native speakers who have been part of the Italian language teaching scene for several years.

dianaDiana Agostini: Teacher
From: Varese, Italia

Diana was born and raised in Varese, a beautiful town located in the lakes region of the Pre-Alps. There she attended the European School of Varese and since the age of 5 she was surrounded by people coming from different countries throughout Europe. After getting her European Baccalaureate in 2003, she then obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences and Linguistic and Cultural Mediation (English and Spanish) at the Universitá degli Studi di Milano, and her Masters’ Degree in International Cooperation focusing on situations of extreme vulnerability and poverty at the Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano. Diana is a professional in the non-profit educational sector, she worked on national and international projects both before and after moving to San Diego in 2012. Her interest in languages and cultural studies contributed to make her an enthusiastic and passionate teacher, she turns classes into a fun opportunity for her students not just to learn the beautiful Italian language, but also to understand cultural aspects typical of her country and share impressions and experiences. Her other interests range from cooking to social issues, literature, travels, sports (including soccer of course!) and living a healthy life style.

 

Silvia Arnone MetzgerSilvia Arnone Metzger: Teacher and Board Member
From: Genova, Italia

Born and raised in Italy, she obtained her “Laurea” degree from the University of Genova where she worked as a researcher until she moved to California.She has traveled extensively. She has worked as an interpreter and translator and has been teaching Italian for over 20 years at all levels in institutions and Universities in the San Diego area and in Australia and Italy. Silvia has been involved with the Italian Cultural Center since the beginnings of the organization and has served on the Board as Vice President and President for several years. She particularly enjoys teaching at the Italian Cultural Center, where she finds the students very interesting and stimulating because they are motivated and eager to learn the Italian language and culture. She has been teaching Italian at ICC since 1989.

 

Paola-BaraccoPaola Baracco: Teacher (Adults and Kids)
From: Torino, Italia

Born and raised in the city of Torino in northern Italy, Paola received from the Universita degli Studi di Torino the Literary Arts Degree. She also achieved a Master in Communications Technique at the University of Leeds (UK). In Italy she worked for 12 years for several worldwide Advertising Agencies as a Director of Client Relationships . She moved to San Diego in 2004 and had two kids. In the meantime she started teaching Italian in private Schools, Cultural Center (in La Jolla) and Elementary Schools. She joined the ICC in 2010 and at the same time has been teaching Italian at Washington Elementary School since then. Her passions are kids, painting, reading, yoga.

 

Paolo BeuzerPaolo Beuzer: Teacher
From: Udine, Italia

Paolo is from a little town in the northeast of Italy called San Pietro al Natisone in the province of Udine, region of Friuli, land of amazing Italian white wine. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at the University of Parma, his Masters at the University of Trieste and his PhD at the University of Paris. He has lived in Spain, Germany and France before moving to San Diego in 2013.
In addition to Italian, he fluently speaks English, Spanish and French and some German so he is familiar with the process of language learning from both a student and teacher’s perspective. He is very grateful for the opportunity to teach the Italian language and culture at the ICC.

 

Rossella BrogliaRossella Broglia: Teacher
From: Pavia, Italia

Rossella was born and raised in Pavia, a city south-west of Milan. She obtained her “Laurea” degree in Economics at the University of Pavia and her Master’s Degree summa cum laude in Education/Promotion of the Italian Language and Culture abroad from at University of Venice. She moved to San Diego in 2003 and started teaching Italian at ICC. Periodically she teaches at UCSD to undergraduate students. She is a very dedicated teacher, enthusiastic and witty. She always encourages her students to do their best by keeping a positive attitude and a friendly and warm atmosphere in class. “Although I enjoy teaching all levels I have a weakness for beginners. I feel very much sympathetic with them because they remind me of myself when I first moved to San Diego: no English and lots of courage”. Besides teaching Italian she likes cooking for her friends, hiking and music, but her biggest passions are her two wonderful kids Giulia and Tommaso.

 

StefaniaStefania Candeliere: Teacher
From: Matera, Italia

Born in Matera, a small picturesque town cut out from the side of a canyon, she spent her childhood and young years there, then moved to Rome, where she obtain her “Laurea” Degree in History. Has studied few semesters in Germany and has travelled mostly throughout Europe. Has worked for more than a decade as private Italian and art teacher. Has translated a book from German into Italian. Passionate about traditions, arts and crafts, has given also culinary classes. Has two teenaged kids. She devotes her free time to painting, reading and practicing fitness. She speaks fluently English, Spanish and German.

 

Simonetta CarrSimonetta Carr: Teacher
From: Reggio Emilia, Italia

A native of Reggio Emilia, Simonetta has spent her youth in Milan. For most of her life, she has lived in different countries of the world, where she has continued to teach Italian and work as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. She has now settled in San Diego, where she works as a fulltime mom (of eight!), and part-time teacher and translator.

 

Rossella Chiolini BagleyRossella Chiolini Bagley: Teacher
From: Pavia, Italia

Born and raised in Pavia, a town located in Lombardy just south of Milan, in Northern Italy. Rossella has been actively involved with both the ICC and House of Italy for over 9 years. She obtained her Master’s degree from SDSU in Spanish Language and Literature and is passionate about teaching both Italian and Spanish. With her natural ability to educate and tutor, Rossella transforms her classes into fun. “I am truly blessed to be surrounded by wonderful students who share not only the desire to learn the Italian language but who also embrace and love Italian culture.”

 

Eleonora Contaldi InnisEleonora Contaldi Innis: Teacher
From: Torino, Italia

Eleonora was born in the beautiful city of Torino in the Piemonte region of northern Italy where she lived until 2007 before moving to San Diego. She was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master’s Degree in English and French Languages and Literatures at the Università degli Studi of Turin. While in Italy she taught English, Italian and French in private schools and businesses. In 2008 Eleonora started teaching Italian at ICC and has been highly committed to the Italian Cultural Center since then. While teaching ICC classes for adults Eleonora worked in conjunction with the Fondazione Italia to help build and grow the Italian language program for children at Washington Elementary School and Washington Pre-school. Since 2011 Eleonora has been committed to teaching French and Italian at Southwestern College all the while enjoying teaching evening classes at ICC. Eleonora is very passionate about her profession and is a highly dedicated teacher. She finds teaching to be a fun, rewarding and fulfilling experience. Among her hobbies, Eleonora enjoys her time reading, hiking, traveling, and singing Neapolitan songs. During her frequent trips back home she enjoys performing gospel music with her gospel choir in her beautiful home town.

 

Ombretta DalfonsoOmbretta D’Alfonso: Teacher
From: Milano, Italia

A native of Milan, Ombretta is a professional interpreter and translator. She fluently speaks Italian, English, Spanish, German and is good in French and Portuguese too, although she didn’t study these last two languages in school. She also worked for Fiera Milano, the largest exhibition and congress center in Italy and one of the largest in Europe; she managed a travel agency for over ten years, specializing in sport travels and is a freelance journalist and media contributor. Riding and languages are her true passions, but she also enjoys cooking and swimming.

 

Eva D'AmicoEva D’Amico: Teacher
From: Roma, Italia

Eva was born in Rome, Italy where she lived until 2008 before moving to San Diego. She was awarded her University Degree in Chinese and English Languages and Literatures and her PhD in History and Civilization of East Asia from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. In 2006 she obtained a Certificate to Teach Italian to foreigners (DITALS II) from the University of Siena, Italy. In 2013 she earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching of the Italian Language and Culture abroad from the University of Venice. She is currently teaching Italian at Southwestern College. In San Diego she studied Art at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Community Colleges. A painter, Eva has participated in several shows in Rome and the San Diego area. Passionate about art, she loves art shows, painting, meditating, nature, books, and music. Herself a foreign language student of several languages she is enthusiastic about teaching Italian.

 

Michela Di BellaMichela Di Bella: Teacher, Director of Language Programs and Board Member
From: Alimena, Palermo, Italia

Michela was born and raised in a small town in the beautiful Madonie’s park, Alimena, located in Palermo province. She studied at the University of Palermo. After she got married, she left the beloved Sicily and moved North, to Magenta. She worked in Milano for many years writing software programs. She came to San Diego for a family vacation, fell in love with the place and has now been living here with her family since 1999. She started teaching Italian for Poway Adult Education in 2000 and for the ICC in 2005 and she LOVES it! She shares with her students all the passion and love she has for Italy and for Italian Culture and Art.

 

OmbrettaDiDioOmbretta Di Dio: Teacher
From: Napoli, Italia

Born and raised in the eclectic city of Naples, Italy, Ombretta earned a Master’s Degree in Law at the University of Naples “Federico II.” She happily left her legal background behind to nurture her never ending passion for writing cultural pieces and for teaching Italian. She moved to the United States in 2012 and has lived in West Virginia, Virginia and finally San Diego, where she continues to share the beauty of her language with her students at ICC.

 

laura_moroLaura Donadoni Moro: Teacher
From: Bergamo, Italia

Laura was born and raised in Bergamo, a small ancient city surrounded by the italian Alps, 30 miles east from Milan. She studied languages (English, French and German) and journalism at Universita’ degli Studi di Bergamo, she has a bachelor degree in “Communication Sciences”. She is a professional journalist, she had a tv show about her passions, food and wine, on Telelombardia, a regional tv in Milan. She is sommelier and her family produces wine on the hills of Bergamo, her hometown. She works as radio journalist for the most important private national radio in Italy, Rtl 102.5. She moved in San Diego in 2014 and she is determinate to combine her passion for good food and wines with her communication skills to be a good teacher and ambassador of the italian authentic culture.

 

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Carol Gratzke Patterson: Teacher and Board Member

Carol Gratzke-Patterson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles with a major in Italian and a minor in German. After five years working with the Internal Revenue Service, Carol returned to the University and received a second degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting. She earned her Certificate of Public Accounting, passing the CPA exam and working three years for Peat Marwick Mitchell. Subsequently, Carol worked for Cherokee, Inc., for 20 years and spent the last ten as Chief Financial Officer. Carol is currently retired and spends her time as a volunteer for the San Diego Italian Film Festival, treasurer for the House of Italy San Diego, President and Chairman of the board for the Italian American Academy of San Diego, serves on several boards in the San Diego and Riverside Counties and teaches Italian. When she has time she likes to travel. Carol reconnected with her Italian roots after retiring and has taken Italian classes in San Diego and in Italy. She has spent time in Italy, traveling twice annually to fully immerse herself in the Italian Culture and has made many new friends, reunited with Italian relatives and through her Italian grandparents has received her Italian Citizenship. Carol enjoys teaching Italian and sharing her love of all things Italian.

 

Antonio IannottaAntonio Iannotta: Teacher
From: Benevento, Italia

Born in Desenzano del Garda (BS) in the North of Italy, raised in Sant’Agata de’ Goti (BN) in the South, Antonio got his University Master’s degree and his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from University of Salerno. He has published essays on cinema, TV series, comics, theory of media, and a book about Samuel Beckett. He moved to San Diego from Napoli, where he lived for six years and where he worked as Communications Director for International Festivals. He also lived and worked in Milano and Roma. He thinks language is the most important aspect of a culture and he feels honored to be able to teach Italian at the ICC. He is also the Artistic Director of the San Diego Italian Film Festival.

 

GabriellaGabriella Pozzoli: Teacher
From: Napoli, Italia

Born and raised in Italy, she obtained her Laurea degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures. In Napoli she was teaching English in High School and Elementary school.
After moving to Maryland, she started teaching Italian Language in Washington D.C.for adults and US diplomatic and Military Personnel, and she also taught Italian in adults classes in Maryland.  After her daughter was born she moved with the family to San Diego. Since then she has dedicated herself to raise her daughter, but not for a second she forgot about her passion, teaching. She is currently teaching Italian to children and adults at the ICC. Her passions are reading and cooking. “I consider myself lucky to work in the friendly atmosphere of the ICC. Everytime I have classes my spirit gets happy, I meet new and interesting people who enrich my life and at the same time I help promoting my Country.”

 

Roberto RuoccoRoberto Ruocco: Teacher and ICC President
From: Napoli, Italia

Born and raised in Naples, Italy. He considered himself a “complete” Italian having lived in the North, Center, South and islands of Italy during his Air Force Officer’s long career. He is a lawyer licensed in Italy specializing in immigration law. Presently is the Honorary Vice Consul of Italy in San Diego, President of the Italian Cultural Center, President of the San Diego Italian Film Festival, President of the House of Italy in Balboa Park. He has been teaching at the Italian Cultural Center since 2005.

 

Silvia Santinato KadingSilvia Santinato Kading: Teacher
From: Gorizia, Italia

Silvia was born in Gorizia, Italy and grew up in Monfalcone, located in the Friuli – Venezia Giulia region. She was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree with Honors in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, English and Spanish, from the University of Trieste, where she also completed a post-degree certificate in teaching English. Additionally she completed her Master’s Degree with Honors in Teaching Italian Language and Culture from the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. After teaching for a number of years in Italian public and private schools, she moved to the USA in 1998 where she continued to further her education in teaching. She joined the ICC in 2007 and is also currently teaching courses in Italian at Southwestern College and other higher education institutions. Silvia has a passion for teaching and sharing meaningful experiences with her students. She also loves reading and keeping herself updated with Italian cultural, political, and social trends.

 

Ilaria TabussoIlaria Tabusso: Teacher and Vice President
From Roma, Italia

Born and raised in Rome, but with family origins from Torino, Ilaria got her University degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Before moving to San Diego she taught Italian to foreigners in Rome. In San Diego, she has taught for several years at UCSD Extension and at the Italian Cultural Center, to both adults and children. Although she loves traveling and no longer lives in Italy, her “italianità” is with her wherever she goes. She loves her culture, food and way of socializing!  She feels that languages are the mirror of the culture and the society. To her, there is no better way of sharing her own culture and love for her country than teaching her own language: Italian.