Education2012 - today - Master of Education at Hunter College
2008 - Graduate degree in foreign languages and literature, with a specialization in conference interpreting, from the Interpreting School of the University of Trieste (SSLMIT), Italy (summa cum laude).
2001- 2005 - Graduate degree in translation and cultural mediations, from the Interpreting School of the University of Trieste (SSLMIT), Italy
ExperienceI was born and raised in Italy where I received a degree in conference interpreting and translation. In college I also had a chance to broaden my knowledge of Italian and foreign arts, literature and history - my favorite subjects.
I believe that to learn one needs a comfortable environment allowing for open-minded dialogue and a cheerful exchange of views, that's why I always combine the study of notions and grammar with current affairs and world news from varied cultural fields.
I love teaching because it enables me to share my passion for culture at 360°.
I am currently an adjunct lecturer of Italian at Hunter College and an instructor at Fluent City. I am proficient in English, German and French and I tutor students in Italian, German and French.
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HobbiesI love traveling and learning about new cultures. I'm fond of photography, arts in general and open to new experiences helping me to improve and learn. I'm very talkative and dynamic. I enjoy a good party, but am just as happy to stay at home, listen to music and read a good book. Cooking, painting, and reading are my favorite activities when I am free. I love spending as much time as I can with my family, my adorable husband and lovely cats.
Client Reviews (10)
I have been taking private classes with Simona for over two months now twice a week. Simona is an excellent tutor and I really like her approach. She introduces new concepts at the right pace and is patient and methodical. She focuses on developing base knowledge, understanding grammar and concepts vs. just memorizing phrases. She is very professional, pleasant and warm person and makes lessons engaging and fun. I would highly recommend her. If you are serious about learning Italian, she is the tutor for you!!
Simona really Knows how to teach! She is extremely patient and kind in her teaching style. In only two months time she has helped me understand concepts I struggled with for years while attending group classes. I never feel stressed or intimidated working with Simona. She strategically plans each lesson based on your progress so you won't feel overwhelmed. I look forward to our weekly lessons. I highly recommend Simona.
Simona is the absolute best. Not only is she knowledgable about the subjects she teaches, she knows how to teach. This is very important when choosing a teacher or tutor, because one needs a person who not only knows the subject, but can help a student grasp it and make it their own. She understands just how huge it is to learn another language and her patience and ability to build it up with you is amazing. I know so much after a few months of studying all because of her. I've been studying Italian with her regularly and it's been a great experience. She is definitely the best choice!
Simona is amazing!!!! She is very professional, patient, and a joy to work with! I really look forward to our lessons every week. In addition to being a native speaker of Italian, she is very well educated on how to actually teach Italian, as well as other languages. Being a very in-demand music teacher myself, I know this is not an easy task. I wish to learn Italian eventually to fluency so that I can easily work and communicate in Italy, and I am very thankful I found her, as I believe this will surely happen one day!
Simona has been a wonderful Italian teacher to our two children (daughter, age 7 and son, age 5) this last school year, and we plan to continue this year too. She designs for them creative, intelligent and thoughtful lessons which hold their attention and interest and teach them a lot of Italian language while being fun at the same time. Both our kids love their Italian lesson and seeing Simona each week. She is kind and patient with them. Their pronunciation and vocabulary in Italian has developed so well over the school year - they have made great progress with Simona. She is also professional, reliable, well-prepared, intelligent and easy to work with. We feel so lucky to have found her as an Italian teacher for our kids, and would highly recommend her to anyone seeking Italian tutoring or lessons.
Simona is amaaaazing :) she is so knowledgeable, professional, patient and funny. It was always great to learn from her, especially because she was so prepared and really flexible to work with. She has a very pleasant personality, I never felt like being tutored and really enjoyed every single time we met. She really knows how to find the best way to teach you, to motivate you and to inspire you. A great tutor, thumbs up!!!
Simona is a fantastic tutor. She is helping me with italian conversation and intermediate/advanced grammar and reading. I appreciate how open Simona is to working out a lesson plan that meets my needs. She impressively weaves together explanations of grammar rules with our discussions about the readings. She is clear, sensitive, patient, and kind. I love working with her and can not recommend her enough!
Simona is an excellent tutor. She is patient, persistent, and determined to help those that she tutors. Simona takes her work with the students she tutors very seriously, and comes up with unique and intricate lessons each time. I particularly liked the fact that Simona not only taught about language, but she incorporated the Italian culture, customs, important holidays, important features of the culture into her lessons. Simona is also an excellent tutor, because she is humble and willing to share her vast knowledge and how it relates to Italian Literature, language and culture. After my experience, I can say that I highly recommend Simona as a tutor if you truly want the best help and the best learning experience you can receive.
I've worked with Simona a few times and I must say that she's the best tutor I've ever worked with. She's genuinely a very patient person and will go over anything with you as much as necessary. She really cares and wants to make sure that you get it. Her passion and dedication will surely make your desire to learn even greater. She designs her lessons in fun and interesting ways so that you're learning without feeling like it's hard work. I'd highly recommend her for anyone who wants to learn Italian or any of the other subjects she specializes in!
Simona is simply oustanding in the way that she makes it a pleasure to learn. She is hands down one of the best tutors that I have ever encountered! With her patience, skills and humor she makes every single lesson unforgettable. She is professional and able to pace herself to you. I will continue my lessons with her and I definitely recommend her to everyone!
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