Daniela earned her Italian Doctorate in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Pavia, Italy. She came to the U.S. in 1986 on a post-doctoral fellowship from Smith College, where she took classes in American Literature and was also a language assistant in the Italian Department.
Daniela taught Italian at Northwestern University, Loyola University and the University of Chicago. She currently teaches Italian at DePaul University as a faculty member in the Modern Languages Department. She also holds a DITALS Certification from the University of Siena. In 1998 Daniela founded Sentieri Italiani through which she shares her expertise in, and excitement for, the Italian language with both her colleagues and students.
Michelle Di Benedetto
Michelle joined Sentieri in 2013 and continues to be inspired by the knowledge, passion and love of the Italian language and culture that is shared by Sentieri students and faculty. She began teaching classes recently, bringing her love of the Italian language to new students. She graduated from DePaul University with a major in International Studies and minors in Commercial Italian and French. During her time at university, she studied in Rome at the Scuola Italiaidea.
Marco has been teaching Italian for the past 25 years, including 15 years at Sentieri Italiani. Marco holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from Knox College and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. His passion for the Italian language and culture, as well as his many years of classroom experience, translate into an effective, yet light and fun, approach to learning the language of Dante.
Chiara was born in Pistoia, a small medieval town in lovely Tuscany. She holds a bachelor’s in Modern Languages from the University of Pisa and two master’s, one in Comparative Literature from Goldsmiths, University of London and one in Italian Studies from Boston College. She taught Italian, primarily to college students, and tutored in Spanish and English in several institutions throughout Europe. She dedicated herself to academic research on languages, pedagogy, literature and bilingualism. In her spare time, Chiara enjoys traveling, art, music and cinema.
Lindsay teaches all levels of Italian language and culture, with 10 years of experience teaching in the diverse communities of Evanston, Chicago and New York. She received her bachelor’s in Italian from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and PhD in Italian Studies from New York University. She has spent much time in Italy, primarily in Rome, Florence and Venice. And — she has never met a gelato or pizza she didn’t like.
Patrizia has been teaching Italian in the U.S. for the past 20 years. She has taught all levels of Italian at several colleges and institutions in California — among them the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, El Camino College, California State University Long Beach and Pepperdine University. In Italy, Patrizia studied at the Catholic University in Milan, where she received her degree in Special Education. In the U.S., she studied at the University of California Los Angeles, where she received her bachelor’s degree and master’s in Italian. She recently joined Sentieri, where she would like to share her passion for her native language and culture with her colleagues and students.
Maria Teresa Bonfatti Sabbioni
Maria Teresa is a native of Pianello Val Tidone (Piacenza), a small village in Northern Italy. She has been living and working in Chicago as an Italian and Linguistics instructor for the past 16 years. She holds a master’s in Pedagogy of Italian as a second and foreign language from the University of Ca’ Foscari (Venezia, Italy), a master’s in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a focus on bilingualism, second language acquisition and heritage language studies. Maria Teresa loves swimming and eating gelato while watching horror movies.