Paola Disconzi was born and raised in Vicenza, Veneto. She holds a degree in Italian Literature from the University of Padua with a focus on fine arts. In addition to art and literary culture, her interests include food culture and cooking. Prior to her move to the US, she collaborated with local magazines and newspapers. She was also a consultant in educational settings providing training programs for high school students, editing graduation tests, tutoring as well as teaching Italian privately to foreign students. Both her parents have a professional background in education and Paola inherited their passion for teaching. She relocated to Minneapolis with her husband in June 2015 and she is happy to have joined the ICC community.
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 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 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 currently works at the Language Center of the University of Minnesota as Assessment Specialist. 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.
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.