INSTRUCTORSFrancesca Bortoletti, a native of Sardinia, has taught Italian Literature courses and workshops at University of Bologna, Ferrara, Tours and recently at the University of Minnesota and Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatrical Studies and Literature from the University of Bologna and Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours. In her classes, she shares with students a passion for language, theater, and literature.
Luisa O'Gara was born and raised in Puglia in the southern part of Italy, the land of the Trulli, and famous for the Tarantella and Primitivo wine. Luisa is the youngest of three siblings. Her Mother was a school teacher, which inspired Luisa to pursue a degree in education. She studied at the University of Firenze. Luisa met her future husband while in school, and lives in the Metro area. She has two children, and joined the staff at the ICC in the spring of 2012.
Anna Olivero, born and raised in Asti, Piemonte, has been teaching adult education since 2002 within various settings including the Italian Institute of Culture in Chicago. From 2007 to 2013 she has been an Italian instructor in the French and Italian Department at the University of Minnesota.She is currently working at the Language Testing Center of the University of Minnesota on language assessment projects. She holds a Degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Torino, Italy and a M.A. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. In her classes, Anna focuses on presenting various cultural aspects of current Italy.
Carmela Parisi, born and raised in Rome, holds a Degree in Archeology from the University of Rome "La Sapienza'. She has taught Latin and Greek for several years before moving to the US. In the United States she has taught Italian at George Washington University. Then she accepted a full time teaching position at the Foreign Service Institute, the School of Languages of the Department of State. She moved to Minneapolis three years ago and after having settled her four children in the new environment is delighted to teach again at the ICC.
Frida Tosi was born and raised in Verona, a city in the Northeastern part of Italy.She moved to Canada in 2003, where she worked for a year as an Italian instructor at the Berlitz School in Toronto. Later, after moving to Minneapolis, she continued enjoying teaching Italian through the community education schools and the Italian Cultural Center. Frida holds a Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Padua and while in Minnesota she earned a bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota.
Mirella Rossi Heimpel is a native of Rome. She holds a Laurea in Psychology from the University of Rome La Sapienza. Mirella has lived in the United States for 23 years and taught Italian privately and through different community programs. Besides focusing on the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, she attaches equal importance to learning about Italy and its rich culture. ON LEAVE FOR 2014.