Anna Olivero-Agney, Adult School Director, was born and raised in Asti, Italy. She has been teaching Italian and foreign languages in college and adult education since 2002 within various settings, including the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, Carroll University, and the Italian Institute of Culture in Chicago. From 2013 to 2017 she held the position of Language Assessment Specialist at the Language Center of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. She holds a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Torino, Italy, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, Second Language Education, from the University of Minnesota. In her classes, she focuses on presenting various cultural aspects of current Italy.
Cristina Cocchi was born and raised in Modena, Italy, and moved to Minnesota in 2003. She holds a university degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, from the University of Bologna, Italy, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction (Second Language Education) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has 25+ years of Italian teaching experience in a variety of settings, including university and adult education. She always strives for innovative and enjoyable ways to help people better learn the Italian language and culture.
Brook Dell’Anna as a Navy brat, has lived all over the United States, and then spent her young adulthood in Naples, Italy, where she met and married her napoletano husband, Giuseppe. While living in Napoli, she taught at the Anglo-Italian Montessori school, and more recently, she was employed at Iowa State University as a Lecturer of Italian and International Studies. Brook attended St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Soon after, she earned a Master's degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Brook moved to Minnesota with her husband and their three children in 2020 and looks forward to joining the Italian community here.
Romina Montanari, a native of Emilia Romagna, has been teaching Italian to adults extensively in the Twin Cities since 2007. Her teaching philosophy is to create a fun, intensive learning experience for students with many opportunities for interactive exercises and practice. She strives to give students a better understanding of the Italian culture coupled with practical uses of the language for travel, business and pleasure. She received her Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Modena and a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the University of California-Berkeley.
Luisa O'Gara was born and raised in Puglia in the southern part of Italy, the land of the Trulli, and famous for the Tarantella and Primitivo wine. Luisa is the youngest of three siblings. Her mother was a school teacher, which inspired her to earn a degree in Education from the University of Firenze. Luisa met her future husband while in college, they live in the Metro area with their 2 children. Luisa joined the ICC adult instructor team in Spring 2012. Luisa directed the Youth School Program from 2015 to 2021.
Mirella Rossi Heimpel is a native of Rome. She holds a Laurea in Psychology from the University of Roma "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.
On temporary leave
Ileana Tamberlani Kraft was born and grew up in a town by the coastline 30 miles south of Roma. She studied Political Sciences at the University “La Sapienza” in Roma. After living in Belgium for four years and traveling around Europe with her family, she met her husband and moved to the Twin Cities in 2010. She has been teaching Italian online to students from all over the world since 2011 and she also does interpreting and translating jobs. She strives to integrate Italian culture in her classes and daily life with students, family, and friends.
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