Via Piersanti Mattarella 38/42 Palermo

Staff

DIRECTOR

Prof. Ignazio Venzano

 

PYP COORDINATOR

Vicky Tarolla

Vicky has a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood and Youth Education. She has worked at the International School of Milan (where she is a former student) and at the International School Palermo. This, together with all the IB workshops she has attended, has given her a vast knowledge on the PYP program, which is definitely what she believes to be the best teaching practice for primary education. 

PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM STAFF

Kate Gaskill – Kindergarten

Kate comes from a small town in the north of England called Wigan. She spent three years at Newcastle University, where she gained a degree in English Literature and History. Alongside my studies, she worked as a supply teacher in a pre-school. She also worked in a holiday club for children aged from one to eleven. After completing university, She undertook teacher training for primary school, choosing to specialise in early years education. Last year, She taught Grade Two with a class of thirty children. She loves children and this year, She is very much looking forward to teaching Pre-Kindergarten and settling into the Italian way of life.

Elysia Guadagna – Kindergarten

Elysia was born and grew up in Los Angeles California. She started working at ISP as a grade 1 Teaching Assistant. During her time in ISP she has had experience of working with different age ranges, as she has supported children in Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten and Transition and she has attended to a IB Workshop.This year, she is very excited to take on the role of Kindergarten teacher. She is deeply passionate about the IB programme, as she believes it provides an excellent and well rounded education for all children.

 

Rosanna Pieroni – Transition

Rosanna was born and grew up in London speaking both English and Italian. She always had a passion for languages and after graduating with a first class honours in Combined Languages she moved to Palermo in 2007. She started working at ISP in 2009 as Kindergarten assistant and then moved to Transition as an assistant. In 2015 she took on the role of Kindergarten teacher and this year has started teaching Transition. She is IB trained and believes that all children can progress and grow in a stimulating and encouraging environment. Rosanna enjoys the family and community feel at ISP and in her free time enjoys running and going to the theatre.
 

Aisling O’Sullivan – Grade 1

Aisling comes from Ireland where she originally studied a degree and Masters in Economics. Through working in a retail head office after university, she learned her greatest skill was communicating and helping others, which led her to the career she adore, teaching. In 2013 she moved to London to complete a PGCE in Primary Education to become a teacher. In this year she trained in various schools teaching Grade 1 and Grade 3 classes. The following September shhe had her very first Grade 1 class, and she have been teaching this year group ever since!

 

Sarah Pilli – Grade 2

Sarah is from Melbourne, Australia, where she graduated as a primary school teacher. She first fell in love with Sicily in 2011 when she spent an extended period of time here and has been learning Italian in anticipation of her return ever since. She has vast experience having been teaching children with diverse needs for ten years, including several years in London. Sarah loves travelling because she values learning from the stories and cultures of different people. She believes the core work of a teacher is not only about teaching academic skills but that it is equally important to empower children to see themselves as learners in partnership with others and their communities. Sarah loves to read, care for the environment, eat good food, keep fit, and spend time with friends and family.

 

Michael Griffiths – Grade 3

Michael has over twelve years experience of primary teaching in the UK and overseas. After graduating with a BA in Politics and Philosophy he decided to obtain a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. He worked as a Grade 5 teacher at the International School of Moscow and enjoys thinking of especially tricky maths questions for his class. He used to be a professional basketball player and is a sport passionate. Michael will enjoy our basketball pitch as much as we will enjoy having him as an ISP member of staff.

 

Anna Morris – Grade 4

Anna Morris was born in London and has two children. She is a qualified teacher with a Masters Degree in Bilingual Learners from the Institute of Education, UCL. She worked in London state schools for 12 years as a class teacher and SENCO, after gaining the National Award for Special Educational Needs. Prior to her work in London she worked at The British Council and Marymount School in Rome, then  Palermo where she founded a residential summer school and worked for The Language Centre. She enjoys theatre, film, music, literature and travel.

 

Grant Lloyd – Grade 5

Originally from the United Kingdom, he has taught in London for the previous two school years. Having qualified with a BA in Contemporary History, he then decided to obtain his Post Graduate Certificate of Education. He is a firm believer that the ability of children to learn is without boundaries and with the correct guidance, achievement can be unlimited. He loves to travel and believe that the opportunity to see different cultures and countries deepens our own knowledge of the world around us. He enjoys Art in particular as he believe it gives children a chance to think as creatively and imaginatively as possible – a very useful skill to possess across the curriculum.

Emma Wagland – Grade 6

 

Paul O’Connor – Physical Education G1 – G9 (+ Math G7)

In 2007, Paul received a Bachelors of Education from McGill University where he specialized in Physical Education. He is originally from Toronto, Canada but has lived in Montreal for the past 15 years. He travelled through Sicily in 2011 where he fell in love with its rich history and raw nature. He aspired to move to Palermo and teach at ISP, in order to gain a new perspective on teaching and provide his family with the opportunity of experiencing a new culture. Paul greatly enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, trying different foods, travelling to new places and partaking in numerous sports.

 

Cynthia Ungaro – English as Additional Language

Cinthia is originally from The USA, (New York) and have been living in Palermo for the past two years, where she has completed her CELTA training and have been teaching English within private school sectors. she began her teaching career in 1997 and has been working with various age groups from primary to secondary school levels. Much of her training and teaching experience has been in the areas of English as a second language and working with children and teenagers with special needs. She loves traveling and exploring different countries and cultures and she has a particular passion for Italy! In her free time, she enjoy going on excursions and exploring the beautiful island of Sicily, visiting museums, going to the theatre, doing yoga and reading.

 

Manuela Morana – Arte in Kindergarten

Laureata in storia dell’arte al DAMS di Palermo, ha successivamente conseguito un master presso la facoltà di “medicina e chirurgia” in “Artiterapie e tecniche espressivo corporee”, che le ha consentito di apprendere le metodologie per insegnare l’arte nelle sue varie forme e destinazioni, al fine di una sana espressione di emozioni e disagi e un riequilibrio psico-fisico. Ha lavorato presso associazioni e scuole, insieme a terapeuti e insegnanti, per creare laboratori di arte terapia e musico terapia, con particolare riguardo per i bambini con disagi emotivi e problematiche psicologiche. Ha coodiretto gruppi di teatro creativo, sia con bambini che con adulti.

 

Dora Piazza – Lingua e cultura italiana Transition, Grades 2 – 5

Dorotea (Dora) Piazza è felice di far parte del corpo docenti ISP da 7 anni. Ama l’insegnamento e adora trascorrere le giornate in compagnia dei suoi alunni. Tutti i suoi studi sono stati orientati al fine di diventare insegnante nella scuola dell’infanzia e primaria. Dopo aver conseguito l’abilitazione all’insegnamento, ha iniziato il suo servizio come insegnante prevalente nella scuola primaria presso il CEI dove ha potuto conoscere ed operare secondo il paradigma pedagogico ignaziano. Successivamente è approdata all’ISP come insegnante della lingua italiana,  dapprima nella scuola dell’infanzia e primaria, ora esclusivamente nelle classi della scuola primaria.  All’ISP ha potuto ampliare la sua esperienza professionale e formarsi come insegnante IB attraverso dei corsi sulla pedagogia e sulla didattica PYP.

Maria Assunta Lombardo Lingua e altre materie in italiano Grades 1 – 6 

Maria Assunta is a fully qualified primary and secondary school teacher. After completing her first degree in Modern Languages at the University of Palermo in 2000, she moved to UK where she lived for 15 years. She taught in several Institutions in Bath, London and recently in an IB school in Cambridge. In 2006 Maria Assunta achieved an MA in teaching Italian as a Foreign Language from Venice University and in 208 completed her teacher training in England.  She has recently moved back to Sicily and is now very pleased to work in an International school  in Palermo.

Lorraine Kenny Music Kindergarten – grade 6

Lorraine Ann Kenny, originally from Ireland, received her Masters of Education from University College Cork Ireland having previously studied a bachelor degree of music, sound engineering and music performance. She has 9 years teaching experience and has worked in France, Austria, Germany, Mexico, the U.K and Ireland. In her free time she is passionate about travel, learning languages and exploring new cultures.

MIDDLE SCHOOL COORDINATOR

Lorraine Ann Kenny – MIDDLE SCHOOL COORDINATOR

English Teacher (M3)

Lorraine Ann Kenny, originally from Ireland, received her Masters of Education from University College Cork Ireland having previously studied a bachelor degree of music, sound engineering and music performance. She has 9 years teaching experience and has worked in France, Austria, Germany, Mexico, the U.K and Ireland. In her free time she is passionate about travel, learning languages and exploring new cultures.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF

Paul O’Connor- Physical Education (M1, M2, M3) & Mathematics (M1)

In 2007, Paul received a Bachelors of Education from McGill University where he specialized in Physical Education. He is originally from Toronto, Canada but has lived in Montreal for the past 15 years. He travelled through Sicily in 2011 where he fell in love with its rich history and raw nature. He aspired to move to Palermo and teach at ISP, in order to gain a new perspective on teaching and provide his family with the opportunity of experiencing a new culture. Paul greatly enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, trying different foods, travelling to new places and partaking in numerous sports.

 

Rosie Mburu – English (M1, M2) , Arts (M1, M2, M3) & Humanities (M1, M2, M3)

Rosie Mburu is a Creative Arts, Humanities and English secondary school teacher with over 8 years of experience in the UK and abroad. Rosie graduated with a BA in Performance and Scenography from Aberystwyth University and gained her PGCE from Liverpool John Moores. Rosie’s teaching style is influenced by her belief that all children can flourish into thoughtful, caring and intelligent young adults if they are immersed in an engaging, cross-curricular and creative setting. Outside of school she is passionate about food, dance, contemporary theatre and literature from different countries and cultures.

 

Nina James – Design Technology (M1, M2, M3)

 

Lavinia Robba – Science (M1, M2, M3)

Lavinia was born in Palermo where she grew up speaking Italian and English. Her passion for Sciences brought her to graduate with honours in Biological Sciences and to a PhD with a combined project between Palermo University and the Natural History Museum in London U.K., where she developed a number of skills and techniques in sciences. She also started teaching to undergraduates and master course students and was involved in UK teachers’ development courses.  She then settled in London working for several years as a researcher at the Natural History Museum. Lavinia moved back to Palermo in December 2010. In 2015 she worked for a few months as a Math and Science Teacher at ISP. In 2016 she acquired her IELTS language qualification certificate.

 

Lilli Manta – Lingua Italiana (M1, M2, M3)

Lilli graduated in Classics in 1998, with the vote of 110/110 cum laude at the University of Palermo. She is a qualified teacher of Latin, Greek and Humanities (Italian, history and geography) in Secondary schools. She has been teaching since 1999 and from 2007 she has been teaching Humanities in CEI. Her interest and love for education and training children also resulted in her life choices: married since 1999, she has four wonderful children who put her skills as an educator to the test on a daily basis.

 

Giulia Rondello – Lingua Italiana, Storia e Geografia (M1, M2, M3)

Giulia è nata a Palermo e ha conseguito la laurea magistrale in Lettere Moderne presso l’ Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano con il voto di 110/110 cum laude. Da aprile 2016 insegna  italiano, storia e geografia presso l’Internation School di Palermo e nella scuola secondaria di secondo grado dell’istituto Gonzaga.  L’esperienza d’insegnamento in tali contesti  stimola il suo interesse per l’educazione  e la formazione dei giovani e permette la sua crescita professionale.

 

Adiagna Rodríguez Escalona – Spanish (M1, M2, M3)

Adiagna is from Cuba, graduated in Law in 2005. However she has always had two passions: foreign languages and teaching. So she learned Italian, French and Portuguese. While still studying at the university she was offered the job of teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language to students from Asia who were in Havana to study at the university. In 2010 she moved to Spain where she kept training for teaching Spanish and in 2014 she started teaching in Istituto Cervantes in Palermo, where she also qualified as an examiner of International Certification of Spanish (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera).

 

Antonio Zarcone – Musica (M1, M2, M3)

Diplomato in Pianoforte presso il Conservatorio di Musica “V.Bellini” di Palermo con il Massimo dei Voti e la Lode (10/10 e Lode) affianca agli studi classici una continua ricerca nel campo della musica Jazz e della musica contemporanea, approfondendone sia gli aspetti artistici che tecnici.

La sua intensa attività concertistica vanta collaborazioni ed esperienze con le più importanti e storiche associazioni musicali siciliane. Oltre all’attività concertistica e “Live” dal 2004 al 2014 è docente di PianoJazz e Maestro Accompagnatore di Canto Jazz, dal 2012 è ideatore e fondatore di “Lab Music Recording Studio” Studio di registrazione e centro musicale, centro nevralgico della produzione musicale Palermitana. Da sempre mette a disposizione dei suoi alunni e dei giovani.