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 daughters. Her love for languages brought Pina back to college to earn her Bachelor Degree at Rutgers University with a double major in Italian and French and her Teaching Certification for the state of New Jersey. During her college years Pina has also enjoyed working as an assistant at the Midland Adult Center, working with disabled people and consequently at a childcare center, called Bright Horizon, in Somerset. Pina has also worked as a long-term substitute as an Italian Teacher at the Bridgewater Raritan Regional High School, where she conducted Italian lessons for Academic and Honor levels. Her passion for languages, teaching and music comes together in her lessons at ISNJ which she joined in 2016. Ever since, Pina has been engaged in classes for adults of all levels, including one-on-one lessons, as well as classes for children, which included the supervision and the direction of the music class for children of ages 9 to 12. Her love for the Italian language and culture is the driving force that shapes her lessons conducted to support students’ talents and needs, to engage them in a more fulfilling way of learning. Pina and her husband own an Italian Café in Basking Ridge and often spend part of their summer in Italy with their extended family and friends. In her free time, Pina enjoys cooking, taking dance classes, going for outdoor activities with her family, and reading.