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Luisa Narducci O'Gara, Youth School Program Director and instructor of beginner/intermediate A: 3-6; 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.

Martina Di Silvio-Sabah, Instructor of beginner/Intermediate B 7-10; bilingual/advanced B 7-10. Martina was born and raised in a little town in Emilia Romagna, a region North of Italy. Her main passion has always been traveling and learning about different

cultures and languages. Besides Italy and the United States, she studied and experienced different lifestyles in Chili and Turkey.

In the Twin Cities she takes care of 3 amazing children working as a full-time nanny (and previously as an au pair for that same

family). As far as her education, she got a college degree in Intercultural Mediation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

(Italy). She will always consider Italy her home and she can’t wait to share her culture and language in a fun environment as the ICC!

Ileana Tamberlani Kraft, Instructor of Beginner/Intermediate C 11-17; Bilingual/Advanced C 11-17.  Ileana grew up in a town by the coastline 30 miles south of Rome; after living in Belgium for 4 years and traveling around Europe with her family she meet her husband and moved to the twin cities in 2010. She's been teaching Italian online to students from all over the world since 2011, and also does interpreting and translating jobs. She loves cooking big Italian meals for her American family and friends, watching foreign movies, being out in the sun and going for walks. She has a little daughter that she's raising bilingual and has so much fun with her. She loves everything about Italy and she always wants to incorporate the culture and the language in her daily life.



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