Francesca was born and raised in Bergamo. She pursued acting for four years and later graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Bergamo. In 1986, she found herself in San Francisco, having followed her heart. She has been teaching Italian since 1990 – joining ItaLingua in 1996 where she continues to teach. In 2001, she became the director and actively infuses the school with her lively and informative teaching style.
She is passionate about music, dancing and hiking in the mountains. One of her most loved destinations is the scenic Pacific Crest trail, where she hikes twice a year. She loves sharing her knowledge of Italian language and culture with the students.
Nicoletta was born and raised in Rome, where she graduated with certificates of proficiency in German and English. She worked for nearly 15 years in the Public Relations division of an American company in Rome, while tutoring High School students in both German and English language and literature. In 2001, she moved to San Francisco and has been teaching Italian language and culture ever since.
Erika was born and raised in Rome, where she studied Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Rome La Sapienza. She moved to San Francisco in 2014 and joined Italingua straightaway. She loves to teach Italian both to children and adults, always looking for different ways to intrigue students of all ages. In the past two years, she taught language, Italian art and history classes, combining her various passions in the teaching experience. She lives in the East Bay and in her free time enjoys cooking, growing her own vegetables, watching horror and sci-fi movies, and exploring California with her husband.
Roberta was born and raised in Rome where she earned her Bachelor Degree in Political Science at La Sapienza, University of Rome. She worked in Milan for many years before moving to New York where she worked as a contributor for a major Italian TV network. In 2012, she moved to California with her family where she discovered a passion for teaching the Italian language and culture to students in the Bay Area. She is an Italian volunteer teacher at Stanford University, Bechtel International Center. When not teaching Italian, Roberta loves to spend time with her family and friends, and cooking recipes from every Italian region. She is passionate about sharing her Italian heritage every chance she gets!
Mattia Milone was born in Puglia and raised in Milan, where he studied Italian Literature and achieved his certificate in Teaching Italian as a Foreign language (DITALS). Before moving to the Bay Area, Mattia worked for the classical music publisher Sonzogno while also teaching Italian Literature to high school students. In 2015, he started to teach Italian language to refugees and immigrants with a program funded by the European Union. In 2018, he moved to Oakland, where he lives with his wife. He has a life-long interest in films, books and music. In his spare time, he likes to “passeggiare” with his wife, trying different recipes, swimming, going to movie theaters and record stores.
Eleonora Pellegrini was born in Florence (Italy). She’s a professional harpist and music teacher. In 2018, she moved to Berkeley, California where she has been performing as a freelance harpist, teaching harp and music to young children. Since she left Italy, she also teachs Italian to children and adults. She currently teaches Italian for the Montclair Language League at Montclair Elementary School and here at ItaLingua School of Italian Language and Culture. She also teaches group music classes in Italian for families with young children.
All of our courses are taught by native-speaking Italian teachers.
We do sometimes seek part-time native Italian instructors with the start of each new term to teach Italian or Italian cultural classes in art, music, opera, poetry, cooking, and more.
If you are interested and in the San Francisco Bay area with a valid work permit, please feel free to contact us with your CV or resume.
You must have a valid work permit. As much of the work is part-time, we can not sponsor teachers to get work permits.