I earned my undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a secondary degree in Design from the Accademia Italiana in Northern Italy, where I lived for 6 years. I have over a decade of teaching experience in art, English and Italian. I worked for a number of years at a Madison area art center, teaching students pre-school through 5th grade art lesson in drawing, painting, and sculpture. I have tutored students in computer based arts such as basic graphic design using digital photography and Photoshop.
While living in Italy I worked for an International Language Center through which I taught English in 4 pre-schools, 5 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, as well as individual adult courses. I also taught "Italian Language and Culture" courses to American exchange students studying in Italy. My level of fluency in Italian is advanced and I have a strong grasp of vocabulary, grammar, reading/writing and conversation skills.
In addition to classroom teaching I have tutored students one-on-one aged pre-school to adult in the arts, English and Italian. My level of language instruction ranges from basic to advanced. I've taught beginning vocabulary to pre-school aged children through songs and games, as well as professional level business English to high level Italian executives.
The joy of teaching is seeing how satisfied students are when the light bulb clicks on and they "get it"! My goal is to help each student learn in a way that works for them as an individual and enjoy the process at the same time!
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