My teaching style is a hybrid of a traditional approach and new techniques based on the proficiency model and project-based learning. My classes are fun, dynamic, and interactive, whether we are learning a new grammatical structure or engaging in communicative activities. Technology and different forms of media are easily integrated into the daily life of the classroom and are important tools for reaching diverse learners. In collaboration with my department colleagues, I have been a leader in writing curriculum as well as developing and implementing authentic assessments.
I am a public school Italian teacher in Massachusetts. I have been teaching in my district for 10 years but have additional experience teaching Italian to children as young as 3 through adult education language courses. I have a B.A. in Italian Studies and a M.A. in Italian literature and culture.
Education: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA Graduated: May 2013
Graduate Assistant & Teaching Fellow
Full Academic Scholarship
Degree: Master of Arts in Italian Literature and Culture
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Graduated: May 2008
Major: International & Global Studies, Italian Studies
GPA – 3.531
Dean’s List: Fall 2007, Spring 2008
Degree Honors: cum laude
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Transferred After: Spring 2006
Major: International Relations, Italian Language/Literature/Culture
GPA – 3.345
Dean’s List: Fall 2005, Spring 2006
Experience: Watertown Middle School, Watertown, MA September 2008 - Present
Full-time Italian Teacher Granted Leave of Absence AY 2010-2011
Full time position teaching Italian 1, 2, and 3 to grades 6-8.
Will complete diverse topics covering language, grammar, and culture.
Responsible for planning lessons, developing materials, and executing the curriculum as directed by the Watertown Public School system and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Watertown Middle School is 1-1 with Google Chromebooks. Therefore, has the responsibility for using Google classroom as well as numerous and various Google applications as a tool for daily instruction and communication with all students and staff.
Responsible for assuring students receive a solid understanding of the topic as a whole; in particular, assessing their knowledge using various didactic platforms.
Incorporates various mediums of teaching into the class curriculum, i.e. visual, audio, literary aids, technological resources, and so on.
Responsible for maintaining an atmosphere conducive to optimum learning and thus must incorporate classroom management skills into daily lessons.
Completed professional development courses covering multiple areas of ideas for teaching, including, but not limited to: flipped classroom, questioning techniques, differentiated instruction, assessment techniques, curriculum mapping, and collaborations with international classrooms.
Presented to and worked with colleagues about various ways to implement technology into their classroom as a result of the change to a 1-1 Google Chromebook school.
Ciociaro Social Club of Massachusetts, Newton, MA September 2010 – May 2013
Weekly teaching position responsible for various classes of young Italian language learners (ages 3-12).
Responsible for planning lessons, developing materials and curriculum, and executing curriculum effectively for each particular age group.
With the primary focus of this course as communication, I was responsible for assuring that these young students are able to sustain a basic conversation in the target language.
Linden Elementary School, Malden, MA May -June 2006; May -June 2011
Permanent Substitute Italian & Spanish Teacher
Full time position teaching beginning level Italian to grades 3-8 and Spanish to grade 8.
Completed diverse topics covering language, grammar, and culture.
Made sure students received a solid understanding of the topic as a whole; in particular, they were expected to carry out basic conversational skills amongst each other.
Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, Cambridge, MA January 2011-August 2011
Teaching position responsible for a class of adult intermediate Italian language learners.
Responsible for planning lessons, developing materials, and executing the curriculum as directed by the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts.
With the primary focus of this course as communication, I was responsible for assuring that students not only understand the grammatical concepts but also that they may use them effectively in sustaining a conversation in the target language.
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA September 2010 – May 2011
Completed assigned departmental projects (faculty directories, handbook organization, etc.).
Completed scanning and copying projects for faculty and staff.
Responsible for maintaining the department calendar in office and online.
Completed errands for supervisors, respectively (work orders, setting up conferences and
The Consulate General of Italy, Boston, MA May 2007- August 2010
Intern Assistant to the Director of the Office of Education
Assisted in planning and execution of various presentations for the Director.
Translated speeches, e-mails, and various texts from Italian into English for the Director of the Office of Education as well as the Consul General.
Research topics as requested, particularly dealing with educational statistics in the New England
June 2007- Intensely involved in the planning and execution of the presentation “Discover Brescia” with the Italian Consulate and the ItalTrade Partners of New England.
Aid in preparation of a grant proposal through the National Endowment for the
Beebe Elementary School, Malden, MA April 2008-June 2008
Permanent Substitute Italian Teacher
Full time position teaching beginning level Italian to grades 3-6.
Will complete diverse topics covering language, grammar, and culture.
Responsible in making sure students receive a solid understanding of the topic as a whole; in particular, they will be expected to carry out conversational skills amongst each other.
Will incorporate various mediums of teaching into the class curriculum, i.e. visual, audio, and literary aids; the class will be both interactive and individual depending on the exercise.
Revolution Prep, Inc. March 2007-May 2007
Administered and proctored SAT prep examinations to various schools in the Boston area.
Responsible for keeping the testing environment similar to the actual SAT, including
keeping a timely schedule on the exam.
Mailed completed tests to main center in California via FedEx.
➢ Fluent in Italian.
➢ Conversational Spanish.
➢ Proficient in Microsoft Office: Office Suite, Powerpoint, Word, Excel.
➢ Proficient with Windows Movie Maker.
➢ Additional media software: Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.
➢ Can type between 75-90 WPM.
Awards & Certifications: Awarded via the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College:
- Full academic scholarship
- Graduate Assistantship AY 2010-2011
- Teaching Fellowship AY 2011-2012 (declined to return to full time teaching position)
Licensed Teacher by the Massachusetts Department of Education
Certified in: Italian (5-12)
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