Founder – Raffaella Galliani
Raffaella Galliani is the mom of Speakitaly NYC and she is also one of the main teachers at the center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Literatures, a Master of Arts in Teaching Italian for foreigners, and has many certifications in Translation, Linguistic, and Glottodidactic of Romance Languages. She is also a prospect 2021 NYU MA graduate in Foreign Language Education.
She has been a language Instructor for more than 15 years and has worked for such high-profile organizations as the US General Consulate and the University Politecnico di Milano.
Raffaella works with teenagers and adults helping them prepare for examinations. She is an Official examiner for the CELI (Università per stranieri di Perugia), Ditals II certified (Certificate of Proficiency in Italian Language, Instruction from the Università degli Studi di Siena) . Raffaella’s native language is Italian however she is also fluent in English, French, and Spanish. She is a certified a translator for the General Consulate of Italy in New York as well as the translator for many purposes such as subtitling part of the last Michael Moore’s documentary “ Where to invade next “ and the Apple App for the Olympics in London.
“Speakitaly NYC has a rich personality that wants to expand along the way with the aim to get to New Yorkers’ hearts. This is the result of a long work made with strong passion, deep motivation, and, above all, with a sincere love for what I do in life. Here is my hope for a new attractive chapter for Italian in New York City. Everybody aboard, we are ready!”
(Adult Program Coordinator)
CHIARA holds a Bachelor and Master Degree in Communication and Literature from the University of Tor Vergata in Rome. She is native Italian and speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently. She is able to understand quickly needs and expectations while engaging her students in fun educational activities and interactive content during her classes, especially with children. She empathizes with students and she loves to pass the knowledge through a variety of teaching techniques aim to guide students along their learning path. Chiara has been teaching both Italian and English for 10 years to adults and children.
(Children Program Coordinator)
VALENTINA is a native Italian speaker born in Parma , fluent in English and Spanish. She holds a degree in Early Education and has a 9 year experience with children. She started as a teacher in Italian daycare for three years and then moved to the States to be an Aupair and teach italian. She interacts with books, songs, games and interesting activities. They learn, they have fun! In her free time she loves to volunteer and has been part of hospitals’ clownterapy for more than 6 years . She has Immense love and caring for children. Moms, you can’t go wrong with her!
Riccardo was born in Bologna, one of Italy’s food capitals. He holds a a bachelor degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and a Master from New School. He has a 20 year experience in the field and he also teach as Adj. Professor of Italian, Italian Cinema and Literature at John Jay College and Hofstra University. He works as well as journalist, food critic, marketer, chef ,and collaborates with government agencies as teacher and translator. He creates LGBT, cultural and literature courses for schools. He also prepares people who want to apply for Italian universities and to enroll in Italian studies programs. He is one in a million!
DANILO was born and raised in Rome and is a trained and certified teacher by the University of Siena and the Dilit International House of Rome. In 2015, he moved to the US where he taught in several prestigious institutions. His method is anchored in the communicative approach and he strongly believes in the power of communication. He works hard to understand the needs of his students and develops lessons which allow the student to feel at ease. His interactive methodology guarantees an effective and entertaining learning experience, guiding his students through a pleasant discovery of the language.
FRANCESCA is a native Italian speaker from Rome, with a language and communication background. She is fluent in Spanish and French, and a graduate of La Sapienza University of Rome and University of Lille, in Italian Literature, and a Master’s Degree in Journalism & Communication, with honors. She has an extensive previous teaching experience in Italian and Spanish, as well as Literature. She worked nearly a decade as an investigative TV journalist and anchorwoman for the largest Italian news broadcasting company. She is passionate and devoted to her job and she holds a set of unique communication skills and experience. She also teaches Italian diction and public speaking.
TIZIANA is a native Italian speaker from Milan. She has a language and communication background and is a certified ESL teacher. Tiziana has spent her professional life between Italy, the UK and now New York and while working as a team manager and business developer for the UK Department of Trade and Industry first, she has continued to pursue her passion for teaching and for language projects. Her bilingualism, educational and professional background makes her very emphatic to the needs of the learner. She has worked with students of all ages and is the mother of an 11-year-old boy. Tiziana’s love of teaching and mentoring comes from the love of learning, communicating and transmitting the beauty of culture and knowledge through the language. She considers herself a life long learner and never stops exploring and experiencing.
CHIARA is a Native Italian Speaker and a highly qualified language tutor born and raised in Southern Italy. Her education training includes a Master of Music Degree at one of the most prominent Italian Conservatories of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Media. As a summa cum laude graduate, she is a skilled language teacher with more than 6 years of experience that involves a consistent dedication, instructing students representing a wide range of abilities. Her language students have gone on to develop a deep love of Italian culture, realizing their own potential.
ANNABELLE is a native New Yorker but began visiting Italy as a teenager to study Visual Arts and Art History and continued to return and study Italian for the next ten years. After completing a degree in Language and Culture with a focus in Italian and Spanish, she went on to study linguistics, translation, and pedagogy at Roma Tre University in Rome, and then earned her Master’s in Italian Studies and Sociolinguistics at Georgetown University. As an artist, Annabelle loves to employ creative methods of teaching in her classes. She is passionate about all things Italian and has experience teaching adults, adolescents and children.
PIERA is a native Italian and speaks English, French, and Spanish. Her educational background includes a master degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nutrition. She has always loved teaching, and she trained in childhood education, attending workshops and seminars in Italy and in New York. She combined her passion for healthy living and love for teaching opening her own company which specializes in developing education programs teaching children how to adopt healthy eating habits. She is a committed teacher and has an extensive experience as a tutor of math, science, Italian, and French, for kids of all ages. She is very compassionate, enthusiastic, and with sensitivity to students’ differences. She is a fan of dynamic and interactive learning, and her classes are everything but boring.
ESL- English as a Second Language
HELOISE teaches English and French as a second language and has over 10 years of experience with all ages and levels. She is originally from Paris and London, holds a BA in English literature and philosophy and a MFA in playwriting. Heloise was lucky to receive a bilingual education and upbringing and also speaks Spanish and Italian fluently. Heloise is passionate about the transmission of languages and culture. She enjoys teaching children and opening up their minds to other horizons while also helping adults reach their language skill goals. Heloise is passionate about theatre, literature and poetry and is always keen to incorporate them in her curriculum.
Special Partnership / Art Programs
LAURA CAPARROTTI is a director, actress, journalist, teacher, lecturer, consultant, dialect-coach (Boardwalk Empire among others), curator with an Italian accent. She has a degree from the University in Rome and studied independently with Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. After ten years of professional theatre in Italy, she relocated to the US, where she continues to direct and perform. Laura is the Founding Artistic Director of the Italian Theater Company in NY Kairos Italy Theater and of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all 5 NY Boroughs. She is member of the Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center, of SDC, of LPTW, of LIT and the co-founder of the International directors’ collective the World Wide Lab. Laura is the recipient of the Dante Award 2016 from the Association of Teachers of Italian for her work and dedication in spreading the Italian culture in the States. In 2019 Laura cofounded OnStage! The first American Theater Festival in Italy.
Admin & Marketing
Silvia is the marketing manager of Speakitaly NYC and she works remotely from Milan. She is the voice of all our social media and the person who makes you smile with her posts every day. Always up to date with new methods to reach your interests, she is able to use her studies in International Communication for Corporate Cooperation to create a new vibe just to help you study. Silvia and Raffaella have known each other since childhood and now they are excited to be collaborating together for Speakitaly NYC’s bright future. Silvia is native Italian and speaks Arabic, German and Portuguese.