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 :)
Mirella Rossi Heimpel, instructor of beginner/intermediate C 11-17 years; bilingual/advanced C 11-17. A native of Rome, she holds a Laurea in Psychology from the University of Rome La Sapienza. Mirella has lived in the United States for 23 years and taught Italian privately and through different community programs. Besides focusing on the four basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, she attaches equal importance to learning about Italy and its rich culture.
2015 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 has lived in St. Paul MN, with her family, for the past 14 years. She grew up in Rome and holds a Laurea in Psychology from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She met her husband in Italy, while traveling, and moved to the US shortly after getting married. In the US, Mirella became a Montessori teacher and taught in Delaware and California. She has three children Nicholas (21 yrs.), Simon, (16 yrs.) and Carmen (14 yrs.) and has volunteered in her children's classrooms for nine years through the Art Adventure program and became a girl scout leader in the past 6 years. Mirella believes in the power of learning through a variety of means: folk and modern music, art, stories, cooking and games. She encourages her students to learn Italian while enjoying Italy in its variety.