Teachers – Insegnanti
Michela was born in Pesaro, Italy. After completing her degree in arts, she moved to Rome where she worked as a social worker in an institute for single mothers and girls with behavioral disorders. While working for this institute, she also traveled to Kenya for a missionary trip to different hospitals. Michela has been living in Houston for 4 years, and she is currently teaching private conversational classes and Italian for travelers classes.
Federica was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is an Italian native speaker with both a marketing/communication degree and an agricultural engineering degree. While in Italy, she worked as a middle and high school teacher, as a freelance journalist, and as a translator (mainly English to Italian).In 2008, she moved to Northern Europe and began her professional adventure in the food industry. In 2014, Federica followed her husband to the United States, first to Washington D.C. and later to Houston, where she now enjoys teaching both Italian language and Italian culture to students of all ages.
Morena was born in Abruzzo, precisely in Loreto Aprutino, a small and cozy town. She studied in Bologna where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in law and became a civil lawyer. She started teaching Italian at the ICCC in 2014 after moving to Houston. Morena teaches advanced groups, private classes, and classes for kids. She loves teaching and thinks it is a beautiful cultural and human exchange.
Matteo was born and raised in the city of Rome, Italy. An Italian native speaker, he is also fluent in English, and he has a good knowledge of Spanish. He holds a degree in education and development from La Sapienza – University of Rome; focusing on human resources and training, adult education, and teaching Italian as a second language. While in Italy, Matteo worked in the film industry and had the opportunity to work in costumes for many Italian and international movies, TV shows and plays. Fun fact: He met and worked with Sophia Loren. He moved to Houston, Texas in 2013 and since then, he has taken several management roles in the food industry. He likes art, coffee, biking, nature, road tripping, dogs, and juggling. Matteo is specialized in private conversational lessons, and he also teaches group classes.
Cristina Ottonello Dacquino
Cristina was born in Savona in Liguria, Italy, where she lived until 1986 when the entire family moved to the United Kingdom. In 1990 the family moved to New York and finally to Houston in 1995. She started teaching Italian classes for children in 1996 at the ICCC, and three years later began teaching Italian classes for adults. For more than 20 years, Cristina has taught Italian to hundreds of students from beginners to advance levels, developing excellent teaching skills. She is very dedicated to teaching and prepares her lessons carefully, providing her students with a lot of material and ideas, through conversation, reading and grammar.
The Italian Cultural and Community Center
Houston, Texas 77006
Phone | 713.524.4222
Fax | 713.524.6121