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Luisa Narducci O'Gara, Youth School Program Director and instructor of beginner/intermediate A: 3-6; 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.

Paola Disconzi , Instructor of beginner/Intermediate B 7-10; bilingual/advanced B 7-10. was born and raised in Vicenza, Veneto. She holds a degree in Italian Literature from the University of Padua with a focus on fine arts. In addition to art and literary culture, her interests include food culture and cooking.  Prior to her move to the US, she collaborated with local Italian magazines and newspapers. She was also a consultant in educational settings providing training programs for high school students, editing graduation tests, and tutoring foreign students in Italian. Both her parents have a professional background in education and Paola inherited their passion for teaching. She relocated to Minneapolis with her husband in June 2015 and she is happy to have joined the ICC community.

Ileana Tamberlani Kraft, Instructor of Beginner/Intermediate C 11-17; Bilingual/Advanced C 11-17.  Ileana grew up in a town by the coastline 30 miles south of Rome; after living in Belgium for 4 years and traveling around Europe with her family she meet her husband and moved to the twin cities in 2010. 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.



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