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.

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

Manager, Teacher

“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

Administration & Office Support

“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

Children’s classes Coordinator  & Teacher
I’m deeply in love with colours and smells that remind me of my Sicilian origins.
I have ten years of experience with children. Working with them is the passion of my life!
City: Palermo
Hobbies: to cook traditional Sicilian dishes
Italian Song: Il mio pensiero, Ligabue 
Italian Movie: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
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

Editor, Adults & VCE Teacher

“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


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

Administration, 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


“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


“I’m a proud Sardinian, a big Spanish literature lover and I came here in Australia to finally meet the happiest animal ever: the quokkas!”
City: Cagliari
Hobbies: Going to nice rock ‘n roll gigs, cooking Mediterranean recipes and having a good chat about intersectionality with a glass of red wine;
Italian Band: Shandon
Italian Movie: Santa Maradona

Software developer

City: Vicenza
Hobbies: Jamming with friends, writing
Italian Song: Mercanti di Liquore – Apecar
Italian Series: Boris


“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