Anna Maria Jaker, curriculum director of the youth language school, instructor of beginner/intermediate A: 3-5 years, bilingual/advanced A: 3-5 years, coordinator of the ora delle fiabe, and mother of two grown bilingual children, holds a medical degree from l' Universita' degli Studi di Bologna and has completed coursework towards a second major in elementary education with a pre-primary specialty at the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul.
Luisa Narducci O'Gara, instructor of beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years and bilingual/advanced B: 6-9 years and 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.
Francesca Bortoletti, instructor of the beginner/intermediate C: 10-14 years and D: 15-18 years, and bilingual/advanced C: 10-14 years and D: 15-18 years, and mother of two bilingual children, holds a Ph.D. in Theatrical Studies and Literature from the University of Bologna and Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours. She has worked with children at Children Theatre in Italy, sharing her passion for language, theater and literature with her students in a dynamic, studio-style program. She also 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.