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.
Volunteers for Spring 2015
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.
Mason Nunemaker is starting his final semester at the U of M and will graduate in May with a B.A. in English. He is focusing on poetry writing and performs his own work in poetry slams across the Twin Cities. He has taken five semesters of Italian and studied abroad in Rome last May Term. He has fallen in love with the Italian language and hopes to find ways to incorporate it into his future career, whatever that may be.