Italian Language Instructors

Daniela Cavallero

Daniela Cavallero

Daniela earned her Italian Doctorate in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Pavia, Italy. She came to the US 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 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 Italiadea.

Marco LucarelliMarco Lucarelli

Marco Lucarelli has been teaching Italian for the past 21 years, including 12 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 lighter and fun approach to learning the language of Dante.

Claudia QuesitoClaudia Quesito

Claudia was born in Milano but lived for several years in Bologna. She graduated from Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM, Milano  Faculty of Communication Science and Performing Arts  and earned a Postgraduate Specialization in Literary Translation. From 2010 to 2012 she taught Italian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she is currently Italian Lecturer at the University of Chicago. Beside teaching, she works as an editor and translator.

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