Teachers

Angela Cacciarru

Angela was born and raised in Italy and has more than twenty years of experience as an instructor of Italian language and culture. She got her BA in Economics from the University of Cagliari, in Sardinia, where she collaborated with a poetry magazine as an editor and author. She left Italy in 1990, and, since then, has developed an extensive international and multidisciplinary teaching background in the United States, Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa. She became an American citizen in 2004. Her knowledge of Human Geography, her academic specialty since her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been important in diversifying and broadening the content of her classes.

Sergio Maniscalco

Sergio is a patient and motivated educator, seeking to encourage and increase the Italian language and culture to every  type of students. He’s bilingual Italian/American since he was born, and holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Spanish at Temple University. Sergio also received a silver medal and maxima cum laude certificate for the Latin language in 2007 and 2008. His passions are traveling, photography, poetry, and learning about different cultures and customs.

 

Mario Barrucci, Jr.

The son of Italian immigrants, Mario has understood and spoken Italian for his whole life. He is a faculty member in the World Languages Department at the St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, where he teaches Italian and Spanish. He has acted as both a Lead Teacher for new faculty members and a Cooperating Teacher for Student Teachers for local universities, and was the Department Head for World Languages in 2017-2018. He has traveled extensively in Italy, Spain, and Mexico, and enjoys bringing his real-life experiences to the classroom.

Danilo Secchiaroli

Danilo was born and raised in Rome and has long been passionate about teaching Italian as a foreign language. He is currently an adjunct professor of Italian at the Community College of Philadelphia, and an Italian professor at Holy Family University. He aims to use the communicative approach of learning a foreign language, in which students can think critically about their vocabulary choices and then apply their knowledge in real-life situations.

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