Luca

Born in Vicenza, in the north-east of Italy, he earned his Laurea in Law at the University of Bologna and his Master’s Degree in Negotiation Conflict Resolution and Peace-building at CSU Dominquez Hills. He teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration at San Diego State University. Over the years, Luca has developed several study abroad programs on conflict resolution, international relations and diplomacy in partnership with San Diego State University, Universidade do Oporto, Universita’ di Trento, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and Universitat de Barcelona. He also participated in different projects sponsored by the European Union to promote the use of mediation in cross border disputes. His passions are surfing, international politics, writing, and of course “calcio” (soccer). He has been teaching Italian at ICC since 2003. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Law Applied to Information and Communication Technology.

Paola

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.

Patrizia

Patrizia was born in a small town, Cassina de’ Pecchi, on the outskirt of Milan. In Italy, she studied at the Catholic University in Milan where she received her degree in Special Education. In the US, she studied at the University of California Los Angeles, where she received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Italian. In the US, Patrizia taught all levels of Italian at several colleges and institutions in California, among them the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, El Camino College, California State University Long Beach, and Pepperdine University. She recently joined ICC, and she is excited to share her passion for her native language and culture with her students.

Rossella

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.”

Simonetta

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 full time mom (of eight!), and part-time teacher and translator.

Stefania

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.

Giuseppina

Giuseppina was born in Catania, a culturally eclectic city located on the eastern coast of Sicily.  She earned her Laurea degree in “Foreign Languages and Literature” at the university of Catania. After moving to the US, she continued her studies in Virginia where she attended a MS in Secondary Education at Old Dominion University (ODU). Meanwhile, she worked for Norfolk Public School, and subsequently, joined ODU as an adjunct instructor of Italian. “I found it extremely rewarding and fulfilling to help my students reach their goals and succeed academically while sharing the language, culture and traditions of my country”.  Due to the demanding nature of her husband’s job that required them to move often and the needs of a growing family, she decided to temporarily leave teaching and focused on raising her children. In 2015, her family settled down in sunny San Diego, where “I can finally enjoy outdoor activities with my family all year round and, once again, pursue my passion for teaching and sharing the love for my country”.

Elisa

Born and raised in Trieste, in the far north-east of Italy, Elisa Meazzini received her Master of Arts degree in Communication Science. She has been a member of the Italian Association of Journalists (list of Professionals) since 2004 and worked for 14 years as a journalist and host at the editorial office of the Friuli Venezia Giulia television station Telequattro. Occasionally, she also covered news for the national television station La7. In 2012 she left Trieste for Ulm, Germany, where she embraced her new passion: teaching Italian as foreign language. She worked as an Italian teacher for adults. In 2013, Elisa moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she taught Italian to adults at the Dante Alighieri Society of Cambridge. Elisa was actively involved in the radio-tv show for Italian expats L’Italia Chiamò, broadcast on several Italian television stations and on the Internet between 2013 and 2015. In 2016 she moved to San Diego, where she has continued teaching Italian and taken on a new job: being a mom!

Michela

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.

Lily

Lily was born and raised in Napoli, the 3rd largest Italian city and birthplace of the original wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. She earned her Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Moderne at University of Naples “L’Orientale”.  She moved to USA with her husband in 1999 after falling in love with San Diego during their honeymoon. She also lived in Cary, North Carolina and Houston, Texas before returning permanently to San Diego area where she and her husband are raising 2 sons.  In Cary and Houston she taught Italian to students eager to learn her native language and Italian culture. As a “vera Napoletana” she is truly passionate about family, traditions, history, cooking and “calcio”. Among other interests, she loves running, reading, watching sports events and spending quality time while entertaining family and friends with a glass of wine, espresso coffee, delicious pastries and her husband’s famous and authentic pizza and homemade bread.  Lily has a true passion for her “amata Italia” and she is very excited to continue to teach and help people who are interested and love the Italian language and its culture.

Gabriella

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.”