As an Italian-Canadian born and raised in east-end Montreal, Angela had always been interested in discovering and maintaining her Italian heritage, culture and language. This interest set her on an academic and career path that began with a DEC in Foreign Languages at the CEGEP level, where she graduated top of her class. From there, Angela went on to receive BA Honors in Italian Studies and Major in Hispanic Studies at McGill University where there again she graduated top of her class, receiving the Premio dell’ambasciatore di Svizzera in Canada (Swiss Ambassador in Canada Prize) for highest achievement in the Italian department amongst the graduating class of 2008. Along the way, Angela also received numerous bursaries, including several from CIBPA, the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association. From there she pursued her studies in Italy, attaining a Masters in Didattica dell’italiano lingua non materna (Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language) at the Università per Stranieri di Perugia with a specialization in Teaching Italian (LS) Language and Culture to Adults.
Angela began to work within the Italian community, working at the Centre Leonardo da Vinci as of 2005 and began teaching Italian at the Cont. Ed level in 2008. Since then, she has taught Italian language and culture courses to various age groups in both the anglo and franco sectors, from elementary school level PELO and PICAI, to adolescents at various Montreal CEGEPS to evening courses for adults, adapting the material along the way and always seeking to make language acquisition both educational and entertaining.