Scuola Italia was founded in 1998 and is owned by Barbara Rossi and Corinna Rossi.
Barbara has always lived in Urbania. She studied in Urbino and received a diploma from the Technical Institute for Tourism. She also graduated with a degree in Arts and Philosophy from the University of Urbino, specialising in art history. From 1990 to 1995, she taught in various high-level institutes in the province and, during holidays, she discovered the pleasure of teaching Italian to foreign students. Barbara is passionate about sharing her love of the Italian language and culture. She has a dynamic personality, a great asset to both the school and the students. Barbara has a lively sense of humour that will make you feel at ease and help you overcome any shyness while learning the Italian language.
Barbara is married and has two sons. Like many wonderful Italian mothers, a lot of Barbara’s free time is spent supporting her sons varied interests. However, her other big passion in life is acting on-stage. She is a member of one of Urbania's theatrical companies. Barbara performs annually in local theatres in Le Marche and in other regions of Italy. She likes performing in classic comedies in the Italian language; diction, therefore, is her forte!
Corinna is also in charge of the didactic direction of Scuola Italia. Originally from Urbania, Corinna studied at the University of Urbino. She graduated with a degree in Languages and Foreign Literature in 1998. Her passion for travelling, learning about other cultures and speaking different languages makes Corinna a perfect fit for Scuola Italia. Corinna has obtained much of her experience abroad. During her time at university, Corinna received a study-grant to go to Nancy, France with the Erasmus program. In 1997 she was nominated by the Minister of Public Instruction as the assistant of the Italian language in Nice, France.
One of the most significant aspects of Corinna’s teaching career was in 2000 when she collaborated with the Pedagogic Institute of Klagenfurt, Austria, holding courses of Italian didactics and proficiency and courses also in Udine Italy. Corinna has held conferences on particular French authors at the Università della Terza Età of Fano, and she has collaborated with the Council Administration of Urbania as a French interpreter. Corinna taught English at the middle school in Sant’Angelo in Vado and Italian from 1982 till 1992 in a foreign language school in Le Marche.
In her free time, she loves reading, enjoys going to the theatre and the local swimming pool with her children, playing tennis, and singing in the choir of Peglio.
Corinna also helped found the children’s choir in Urbania.