I try very hard to make my students love the subjects, because I consider only what you love is stored in your memory
— Barbara Carbon

Our Staff

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.


Cristina Cillo

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…


Emanuela Schianodicola

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...

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Giulia Bertoli

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 Read more…


Valentina Cataldi

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. Read more…

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Giulia Casati

Teacher and Social Media Coordinator
Born near Lake Como, Italy, in 1994 Giulia is an avid reader. She loves languages and art and  graduated from a linguistic/touristic high school in Italy. Due to her passion for the English language, she traveled a lot to England during her high school years and after her graduation she decides to move to the United States of America where she got an Associate Degree Read more…


Pina Di Martino

Pina was born in Cava de’ Tirreni, in the province of Salerno, Italy, where she attended a language Lyceum to study English, French and German, and earned her Degree in Sociology at the University of Salerno. While studying, she enjoyed singing in a band that toured all over Italy. After finishing college, she moved to New Jersey, and since 2000 she resides in Somerville with her husband Anthony and their three Read more

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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…


Alessandra Pianini

Alessandra was born in Tuscany and grew up in a small town near Milan. She graduated in Accounting and foreign languages. She worked in the Tourism sector. She worked as Head Receptionist and she coordinated al the departments of an Hotel in Switzerland in a small town over the Mountains.
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Alexandra Pollock

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. 
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Chiara Zanon Russoniello

Chiara Zanon Russoniello Originally from Verona, Italy, Chiara moved to New Jersey in 2002 with her husband and their four children.  Chiara graduated in Italy from a classical preparatory high school for University (Liceo Classico).  She went on studying at the Verona University (Foreign Languages and Literature), while teaching German at a local High School.  Read More…