Luisa Narducci O'Gara, instructor of beginner/intermediate A: 3-6 years, bilingual/advanced A: 3-6. Mother of two young bilingual children was born and raised in Puglia. The youngest of three, her mother was an elementary school teacher and her father was a farmer. Her mother’s love for teaching inspired her to pursue a degree in Education from the University of Firenze. She moved to Minnesota in 2002 and worked as a preschool teacher for St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development. Luisa loves to share her passion for cooking and making homemade pasta - just the way her nonna taught her.
Frida Tosi, Instructor of beginner/intermediate B: 7-10 years; bilingual/advanced B: 7-10. 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, instructor of beginner/intermediate C 11-17 years; bilingual/advanced C 11-17. 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.
2015 Summer Camp/Campo Estivo Instructors
Federica Bottega is a young native Italian born and raised in Turin, where she pursued a degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures. During those years she had worked with foreign children who had issues with the Italian language. She is passionate about theater (she was in an acting school for three years), books, foreign cultures and travel. These latter two have driven her to begin her Master in International Communication for Tourism. She is now spending more than a year living in Minneapolis and helping the ICC with numerous activities and events.
Mirella Rossi Heimpel has lived in St. Paul MN, with her family, for the past 14 years. She grew up in Rome and holds a Laurea in Psychology from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She met her husband in Italy, while traveling, and moved to the US shortly after getting married. In the US, Mirella became a Montessori teacher and taught in Delaware and California. She has three children Nicholas (21 yrs.), Simon, (16 yrs.) and Carmen (14 yrs.) and has volunteered in her children's classrooms for nine years through the Art Adventure program and became a girl scout leader in the past 6 years. Mirella believes in the power of learning through a variety of means: folk and modern music, art, stories, cooking and games. She encourages her students to learn Italian while enjoying Italy in its variety.