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 Anna Olivero, Adult School Directorwas 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.


 Marisa Alkin was raised in the northern lakes region of Lombardy. She holds a university 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. 

 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.

 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, Youth School Director, 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.  She has been directing the Youth School Program since 2015.


 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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