Via Piersanti Mattarella 38/42 Palermo



Padre Vitangelo Denora SJ



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. 


Mole Reithermann – Nursery

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.

 Grade 1

Grade 2


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.

Sarah Pilli – Grade 4

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.

Anna Morris – Grade 5

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.


Emma Wagland – Grade 6

–  Physical Education 


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. 

Dora Piazza – Lingua e cultura italiana

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.

Daniela Gambino – Lingua e altre materie in italiano



English Teacher


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.


Adiagna Rodríguez Escalona – Spanish (M1, M2, M3, M4)

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).

Giuseppe Lomeo – Music