Luisa Narducci O'Gara, Youth School Program Director and 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.
Anika Hodel, Instructor of beginner/intermediate B: 7-10 years; bilingual/advanced B: 7-10. My name is Anika (Anita in Italian), and I study Anthropology and Education at St. Olaf College. In the spring semester 2016 I joined the wonderful team of teachers at the ICC, and I'm honored of working with your children as we embark on the journey of learning Italian together! I have spent a year living in Vicenza, a small city in the Veneto region of Italy, and last summer I got to spend my summer counseling at the beautiful "Lago del Bosco" Concordia Language Village for Italian immersion. I study classical voice and am interested in the Italian opera scene and "bel canto" style of singing. It would be great to get the kids singing as well :)
Ileana Tamberlani Kraft, Instructor of Beginner/Intermediate C 11-17; Bilingual/Advanced C 11-17. Born in Rome, and after living in Belgium for 4 years and traveling around Europe with her family, she grew up in a town by the coast 30 miles south of Rome. She moved to the twin cities in 2010 after meeting her husband. 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.