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 Anna Olivero-Agney, 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, at the  UMN. She holds a Master's 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. 

 On temporary leave



 Cristina Cocchi was born and raised in Modena, Italy, and moved to Minnesota in 2003. She holds a Master's 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.



Carlotta Dradi was born and raised in Ravenna, Italy. Trained as a professional cello player and Opera singer in Italy, she moved to the US in 2000 and obtained an M.A. in Italian Literature (with a minor in music) from the UMN. She worked as the Italian teacher and diction coach at the Minnesota Opera for several years. In 2007 she became the Director of Italian Language Instruction in the French and Italian Department at the UMN and has been working there, also as Senior Teaching Specialist, ever since. Carlotta loves working with language and technology as well as sharing her passion about Opera, and she particularly enjoys assisting students with pronunciation and diction. 



 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. She has directed the ICC 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


 Rosanna Staffa is an Italian writer living in Minneapolis. Born in Naples, she holds an MFA in writing from Spalding  University and a PhD in Foreign Languages and Literatures from Statale University in Milan. She has taught at The Loft,  NYU, UCLA, and The Getty Institute. Her work is included in the Best Small Fictions 2021Her essays and short stories are  published by New Rivers Press American Fiction Anthology, The Best New and Unpublished Writers Vol. 15, Tampa Review,  The Sun and others. Her novel ‘The War Ends At Four’ will be published by Regal House in the Summer 2023. Teaching  combines sharing her passion for languages and literature with the joy of creating a community of  curious learners. 



 

 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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