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Anna Olivero, Adult School Director, was born in Asti, in the Piemonte region. She has been teaching 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 2007 to 2013 she held the position of Italian lecturer at the French and Italian Department of the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, from 2013 to 2017 she worked as Language Assessment Specialist at the Language Center of the College of Liberal Arts of the same University.  She holds a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Torino, Italy and an M.A. in Curriculum and Education, Second Languages and Cultures, from the University of Minnesota. In her classes, she focuses on presenting various cultural aspects of current Italy.

Marisa Alkin was raised in the northern lakes region of Lombardy. She holds a degree in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Managment. She also completed the rigorous classical maturità program from Collegio Gallio, one of the oldest schools in Italy! She has taught Italian privately and has lived in Minnesota for 3 years. She enjoys tailoring her classes for every student’s skill level and imparting Italian cultural skills to be used on their next trip to Italy. 

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. in the Spring 2012 she joined the ICC adult instructor team. Since 2015 she has been also directing the ICC Children Youth Language School.

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.

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 loves everything about Italy and strives to integrate Italian culture in her classes and daily life with students, family, and friends.





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