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.
Carmela Parisi, instructor of beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years, bilingual/advanced B:6-9 years, born and raised in Rome, holds a Degree in Archeology from the University of Rome "La Sapienza'. She has taught Latin and Greek for several years before moving to the US. In the United States she has taught Italian at George Washington University. Then she accepted a full time teaching position at the Foreign Service Institute, the School of Languages of the Department of State. She moved to Minneapolis three years ago and after having settled her four children in the new environment is delighted to teach again at the ICC.
Luisa Narducci O'Gara, instructor of beginner/intermediate C: 10-14 years, beginner/intermediate D: 15-18 years, bilingual/advanced C: 10-14 and bilingual/advanced D: 15-18 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.
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 "I have lived in St Paul MN, with my family, for the past 14 years. I grew up in Rome and hold a Laurea in Psychology from the University of Rome La Sapienza. I met my husband in Italy, while traveling, and moved to the US shortly after getting married. I became a Montessori teacher in the US and taught in Delaware and California. Those were my forming years in this country and I will always cherish them because they became the basis for who I am right now. Once my three children Nicholas (21 yrs.), Simon, (16 yrs.) and Carmen(14 yrs.) were born, I fully immersed myself in parenting. My heart has stayed into learning and teaching and either with my children or with the community (and with the help of the library), I have enjoyed experiencing world cultures besides my own. I volunteered in my children's classrooms for nine years through the Art Adventure program and became a girl scout leader in the past 6 years. I believe in the power of learning through a variety of means: folk and modern music, art, stories, cooking and games are my favorites! Italy is rich in tradition and history and is a modern country as well. I believe we can learn Italian while enjoying Italy in its variety."