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Anna Olivero, Adult School Curriculum Director, was born and raised in Asti, Piemonte. She has been teaching in college and adult education since 2002 within various settings, including Carroll University, Waukesha and the Italian Institute of Culture, Chicago. From 2007 to 2013 she held the position of Italian instructor in the French and Italian Department at the University of Minnesota. In 2014 she was instructor of Italian at St.Olaf College, Northfield. She has worked at the Language Center of the University of Minnesota as Language Assessment Specialist for the past four years. She holds a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Torino, Italy and a M.A. in Education, Second Languages and Cultures, from the University of Minnesota. In her classes, Anna focuses on presenting various cultural aspects of current Italy.

Romina Montanari, a native of Emilia Romagna, has been teaching Italian to adults extensively in the Twin Cities since 2007. Her teaching philosophy is to create a fun, intensive learning experience for students with many opportunities for interactive exercises and practice. She strives to give students a better understanding of the Italian culture coupled with practical uses of the language for travel, business and pleasure. She received her Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Modena and a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the University of California-Berkeley.

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 obtain a degree in Education 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.

Elisabetta Re was born in Monferrato, Piemonte, land of good wine and food. She graduated with a Law Degree at the University of Torino. She worked for many years as a social worker with elderly people and young people in distressful situations. Elisabetta has three children and has lived in the US for three years. She is in love with Italy, its culture, beauty, history, and food.

Mirella Rossi Heimpel is a native of Rome. She holds a Laurea in Psychology from the University of Roma "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.

Ileana Tamberlani Kraft was born and grew up in a town by the coastline 30 miles south of Roma. She studied Political Sciences and International Relations at the University “La Sapienza” in Roma. After living in Belgium for four years and traveling around Europe with her family, she met her husband and moved to the Twin Cities in 2010. She has been teaching Italian online to students from all over the world since 2011 and she also does interpreting and translating jobs. She loves everything about Italy and strives to integrate Italian culture in her classes and daily life with students, family, and friends.

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 Padova and while in Minnesota she earned a Bachelor degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota.





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