Our staff of teachers strive to encourage every student to reach their potential and are devoted to make their students love the Italian Language and the culture.
Director of Youth Programs
Emanuela Schianodicola was born in Naples, Italy and resided there until the age of twelve. She immigrated to Brooklyn, NY and lived there for twelve years, during which time she obtained her Degree in Travel and Tourism Management. For several years, READ MORE...
Director of Adult Programs
Cristina was born and grew up in a small town close to Benevento, Italy. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Law at the “Universita’ degli studi di Benevento” and obtained a Master’s Degree in READ MORE...
Giulia Bertoli has been one of our teachers for two years! Born in Brescia, Italy, Giulia moved to America in 2000. She’s also half Italian and half Chinese. Giulia holds an Associates
Giulia is passionate about languages, traveling, and making delicious meals in small kitchens. And, growing up in Italy made her well suited for all three. She first came to America to work as an Au Pair and then decided to take an in depth look at College in America, where she’s currently studying Anthropology and Spanish. READ MORE
Sonia Angela Falcone
Sonia Angela Falcone was born in Milan, Italy. Sonia pursued her Undergraduate and Graduate degree in Florence, Italy where she later obtained her Master’s Degree in Modern Literature and Languages. During her 7-year stay in Florence, Sonia worked for Tre Elle Service, LLC as their PR and Interpreter. READ MORE…
Alexandra Pollock, a native of Northern New Jersey, grew up in an Italian-American family with origins in the Campania region. As many of her family members are native Italians, the influence of the language and culture has proven to be an omnipresent and defining feature of her life, influencing everything from her favorite food to her college coursework.
Carla Riefoli was born and grew up in Milan (Italy). She earned a Bachelor Degree in Pedagogy at the “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” in Milan, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Education. Carla worked as a social worker in a not-for profit organization in cooperation with social service of Milan, where she worked with youths and their family with social hardship, housing deprivation, and also with children with learning difficulties. In Milan
Italian School NJ provides the perfect level of instruction to improve my Italian language skills. Learning the correct verb tenses and conjugations is exactly what I needed and I already feel more confident speaking Italian in social settings. The instructor is well-qualified, professional, and always makes learning interesting and fun.~ Adriana Afonso – adult student – 5 classes into the program
Sonia Angela Falcone was born in Milan, Italy. Sonia pursued her Undergraduate and Graduate degree in Florence, Italy where she later obtained her Master’s Degree in Modern Literature and Languages. During her 7-year stay in Florence, Sonia worked for READ MORE...
a native of Northern New Jersey, grew up in an Italian-American family with origins in the Campania region. In 2012, she graduated from Drew University with READ MORE...
Chiara Zanon Russoniello
is originally from Verona, Italy, and moved to New Jersey in 2002 with her husband and their four children. She studied at the READ MORE...
Giulia Bertoli has been one of our teachers for two years! Born in Brescia, Italy, Giulia moved to America in 2000. She’s also half Italian and half Chinese. READ MORE...
Valentina was born in Ragusa, Sicily - Italy and immigrated to New Jersey in 2003 to permanently be with her husband. Valentina completed all her education in Italy, where she went to art school for jewelry design and had became certified as an art teacher. In 2006 she moved from Parsippany to Roseland with her husband and two kids, where her husband owns a pizzeria that was established in 1989.
Valentina joined the Italian School of NJ family in 2017 and loves teaching the little ones. In addition she works in retail in East Hanover NJ and volunteers to teach CCD in her church for grades 5th and 8th.