Our Teachers

Italian teachers at Centre of Italian Studies are amongst the best in Australia: our criteria make sure they are not only educative, but also fun and entertaining.

Elio
Founder of CIS, Director, Publisher, Author, Teacher

“I have a passion for languages that for me represent, not only communication,
but cultural richness, new friendships, personal development and fun times.”
City: Carlton/Sirolo (An)
Hobbies: Reading, music, golf, sport in general, travel
Italian Singer: Lucio Battisti
Italian Series: Il Postino

Francesca
Manager, Teacher, Children teacher, Author

“My surname is “Lavagna” which means “blackboard”…my destiny was to be a teacher!”
City: Novara
Hobbies: Dancing, going to the gym, recycling, painting and cooking delicious vegetarian dishes.
Italian Singer: Neffa
Italian Series: La mafia uccide solo d’estate

Antonello
Teacher, Editor

“I’m on a journey to discover what I don’t know yet, following my passions… Always sipping a nice glass of wine.”
City: Roma
Hobbies: Playing backgammon and watching the “Magggica” playing (aka AS Roma)
Italian Band: Latte e i suoi derivati
Italian Movie: Il sorpasso

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Annamaria
Teacher, VCE teacher, Administration

“I lived in three different countries and I speak three different languages.”
City: Zagarolo (Roma)
Hobbies: Reading, travelling and trekking
Italian Songwriter: Levante
Italian Movie: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

Sandro
Teacher, Editor

“My life is defined by my passions: classical music, Jewish and Balcanic cultures.”
City: Trieste
Hobbies: Reading a book and going to the cinema
Italian Singer: Vinicio Capossela
Italian Movie: I Soliti Ignoti

Ilaria
Teacher

“As a child I dreamt of becoming a pirate… If I’ll ever get tired of teaching I might move to the Caribbean!”
City: Genova
Hobbies: Going to the cinema and to the footie, doing yoga and reading classic novels
Italian Band: Modena City Ramblers 
Italian Movie: Il Ciclone

Marina
Marina
Teacher, Children Teacher

“I always find a reason to travel! With a vagabond spirit and my heart bounded with my roots, I arrived in Australia two years ago and I fight homesickness promoting my language and my culture.”
City: Verona
Hobbies: Strolling the woods and reading (not simultaneously though)
Italian song: La Strada – Modena City Ramblers
Italian movie: La Leggenda del Pianista sull’Oceano

Filippo
Teacher

“I’m always on the move, looking for new stuff! A good book, a glass of wine and a new friend is all I need to feel at home!”
City: Verona
Hobbies: Photography, travelling and cooking
Italian band: Premiata Forneria Marconi
Italian movie: Amici Miei

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Chiara
Children Teacher

“We teach with what we say, even more with what we do, even more with what we are.”
City: Napoli
Hobbies: Reading, swimming and gardening
Italian Singers: Claudio Baglioni and Eros Ramazzotti
Italian Movie: La vita è bella

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Marlisa
Teacher

“Since as a young child teaching crates was my favourite game, teaching must have always been in my blood.”
City: Castelnuovo della Garfagnana (Tuscany)
Hobbies: Painting and exploring new places
Italian Song: Amici Mai – Antonello Venditti
Italian Movie: Ti amo in tutte le lingue del mondo

Maria
Teacher

“Since I was a child I have always loved all things Italian. I feel blessed to be born into an Italian family and now I hope to pass this onto my prized possessions, i miei figli! So happy to be back to teaching at CIS after a maternity absence!”
City: Melbourne
Hobbies: Cooking, catching up with friends for coffee, watching Italian films
Italian Comedians: Aldo, Giovanni e Giacomo
Italian Movie: Chiedimi se sono felice

Alessandra
Teacher, study holidays coordinator

“I always try to stay positive and put a smile on my dial. Remember, if life doesn’t smile at you.. tickle it!”
City: Binasco
Hobbies: Going for walks, writing, spending time with my husband and my beautiful son
Italian singer: Ligabue
Italian movie: Radiofreccia

Antonella
Teacher

“Everything comes to you in the right moment… Be patient and be grateful!”
City: Catania
Hobbies: Playing piano, dancing, playing with my beautiful little boys
Italian Band: Modà
Italian Movie: Quo vado?

Chiara
Teacher

“It’s only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” and so I try hard to let my heart lead me through this bittersweet journey called life.”
City: Salerno
Hobbies: Chilling with my family and friends and go to Zumba
Italian Song: Meg – Quello che
Italian Movie: Come te nessuno mai

Carmel
Teacher

City: Melbourne
Hobbies: Reading
Italian Song: Nel blu dipinto di blu
Italian Series: L’ispettore Montalbano

Giulia
Children teacher

“As a child, I have been told many times “Never grow up. It’s a trap”. So I found only jobs and hobbies where I could be surrounded by children and have fun all day.”
City: Rome
Hobbies: “Curious” is the adjective that best describes me. I take pictures and scribble things that I see to stick them in my mind.
Italian song: Ma il cielo è sempre più blu – Rino Gaetano
Italian movie: Le fate ignoranti

Lisa
Children teacher

“Being half Italian and half Aussie will always be a gift and a curse. I’d just love to have an Aperol Spritz (with olive) and a tramezzino while going bush.”
City: Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso
Hobbies: Photography, camping/travel, breathing.
Italian bookwriter: Alessandro Baricco
Italian movie: Il Ciclone

Maria
Teacher

“My family and my friends are the most important things in my life, but there should always be a little bit of fun.”
City: Potenza
Hobbies: I like to run, go to the theatre and to the cinema with friends, and to go to holidays with my family.
Italian Authors: Pirandello e Goldoni
Italian Movie: Perfetti Sconosciuti

Carla
Teacher, Administration

“As Charlie Chaplin I believe that a day without laughter is a day wasted.”
City: Siracusa
Hobbies: Travelling, photography
Italian songwriter: Roberto Vecchioni and Franco Battiato
Italian movie: Dopo mezzanotte

Stefano
Stefano
Software developer

“Rock’n’Roll!”
City: Vicenza
Hobbies: Jamming with friends, writing
Italian Song: Mercanti di Liquore – Apecar
Italian Series: Boris

Alessandra
Administration, Children assistant

“I love outdoor activities, travelling and meeting new people. My motto is It’s never too late to do what makes you happy.”
City: Brescia
Hobbies: Snowboarding, scuba diving, horse riding
Italian writer: Alessandro Baricco
Italian movie: Romanzo criminale