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 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 Lucarelli Marco Lucarelli

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 Barni

Chiara was born in Pistoia, a small medieval town in lovely Tuscany. She holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Pisa and two Masters, 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 Eufusia

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 BA in Italian from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA 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.




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