Adjunct Instructor of Italian
M.A. Foreign Language Pedagogy and Spanish Linguistics, Illinois State University
Chi sono io?
I taught Italian at IWU for the first time in 2007, and since then I have taught courses in both Italian and Spanish. My favorite thing about teaching at IWU is definitely the excellent students: they keep me on my toes, and in turn make me a better teacher.
Courses Taught: I have taught both Beginning Italian I and II (101 and 102), as well as Beginning Spanish I and II (101 and 102).
Why I love Italy: The people are genuine, warm, and friendly, and the Italian language is beautiful. It is so expressive: what would the world be like without expressions like "Mamma mia!"? Or words such as pasta, gelato, and caffè macchiato? Or piano, rallentando, or allegro?
Favorite Italian Foods: gelato (nocciola and limone), caffè (espresso, espresso con panna, cappuccino, macchiato), and all types of pasta!
Favorite Italian Films: Il Postino, Ciao Professore!, La Vita è bella.
Favorite Italian Music: Andrea Bocelli, Domenico Modugno.
Experiences in Italy: I have spent a great amount of time living in and exploring Italy. Although I have spent more time in Sicily, I also regularly visit Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, and Pompeii. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Veneto region, and I am always making plans for my next trip to Italy!