Barbara De Bernardi – Founder & Director
Barbara designs and teaches all Insieme a Chicago programs! Native of Sondrio, Italy, she studied “Lingue e Letterature Straniere” at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Milan. After an extensive experience as a foreign languages educator for preschoolers, she graduated with a Master in Linguistics in 2010 at Northeastern University, in Chicago. Since then she has been researching ways to bridge the Italian early education system with the American one. Loving both her home country and Chicago, she is raising her sons bilingual and bicultural, hence her inspiration to create a community like Insieme a Chicago.
Lara Meoni – Lead Teacher & Communications Manager
Lara was born and raised in Florence, Italy, and attended Istituto Lucrezia Tornabuoni. She has lived in the U.S. (Chicago) since 1994 and has several years of experience working as an Italian language instructor for preschoolers and elementary school children, as well as tracking & reporting her students’ progress. Her own three children are bilingual and bicultural. Lara has known Barbara and has worked with her over the years in Italian teaching endeavors. Lara is passionate about her culture and language, thus the desire to join a growing comunity like “Insieme a Chicago!”
Natalja Aicardi – Teacher (Programs 3-10 yrs Old)
Natalja is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, teacher and Reiki Healing practicioner, born and raised in Italy by Italian father and Swedish mother. Right from the start she experienced diversity in her upbringing and cultivated the curiosity for different cultures, traditions and languages ever since. She’s been living in Chicago for the past 10 years, raising two bilingual kids. She just graduated from The School for Theatre Creators and is grateful and eager to join the team at INSIEME a CHICAGO, and to bring music, movement and theatre while teaching Italian to the families.
Alina Pacitto – Teacher (Programs 6-14 yrs Old)
Alina was born and raised in Italy. In 2015 she moved to the United States, where she taught Italian for children at DAS – Dante Alighieri Society, in Birmingham for one year, before moving to Chicago. That experience made her realize that her dream was not only to teach the Italian Language to young students, but it was also to teach the love and Cultural richness of our sweet, beautiful Language. Alina has been teaching at Insieme since Fall 2017.
Roberta Terchi Nocentini – Teacher (Programs 6-14 yrs Old)
Roberta is an Italian teacher and pianist/vocal coach. She was born in L’Aquila, where she got her Master degree in Italian Language and Literature and Piano (Cum Laude). In London, she graduated with a Master of Art in Piano Accompaniment at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music. Both in Italy and in England she experienced teaching with children as Italian and Piano teacher, working also as a coach for shows performed by young artists. Roberta also has significant experience in the diction of Italian, as she has been Italian Language Coach both in London (Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Music) and here in Chicago (Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium). She moved to the Windy City eight months ago, with the wish to share her Italian culture with the young and older generations.
Rita De Falco – Teacher
Rita was born and raised in Italy and attended Istituto Magistrale, where she obtained certification in early childhood education, to teach to children from birth to ten years old age. She also attended saxophone and piano classes at Conservatorio di Musica “Francesco Venezze” in Rovigo, Italy. Her love for children and teaching, brought her to improve her knowledge about childhood education, by working for Italian schools who applied the Reggio Emilia method. She moved to Chicago about one year ago, with the wish to share her Italian culture with the young generations.