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.
Frida Tosi, instructor of beginner/intermediate B: 6-9 years and bilingual/advanced B: 6-9 years and mother of one bilingual little girl, was born and raised in the historic city of Verona, in North Italy She attended a high school specializing in education and holds a bachelor degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Padua. Since moving to North America in 2002 she has enjoyed teaching Italian language and culture.
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.
Monica Ribolzi, co-teacher of the bilingual/advanced C: 10-14 years and D: 15-18 years, and mother of two bilingual young boys, was born in Piemonte and earned a degree in "Lingue e Letterature Straniere" (Inglese e Tedesco) at the University of Urbino. After living three years in Germany, she settled with her family in Minneapolis ten years ago. She has taught the Italian and German languages to young students and adults.