Major Professional Experiences

A list of some of the major professional experiences that I participated in: memberships, accreditations, publications, translations, foreign language festivals and more.


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•    Member of the AP Italian Language and Culture Development Committee at College Board, Jul 2017
•    Member of the AP Italian Reading for 2016 AP exams, College Board, Cincinnati, Jun 2017
•    Publication of original lessons on Blog “USspeaksItalian” http://www.usspeaksitalian.org/blog-attivita-didattiche  SY 2016-17
•    Member of the AP Italian Language and Culture Development Committee at College Board, Jul 2016
•    Member of the AP Italian Reading for 2016 AP exams, College Board, Cincinnati, Jun 2016
•    Instructor of a course on “Italian Current Events” at Middlebury College Language Schools, Jun-Jul 2015, Oakland, CA
•    Member of the AP Italian Language and Culture Development Committee at College Board, Jul 2015
•    Member of the AP Italian Reading for 2015 AP exams, College Board, June 2015
•    Senior Class Sponsor, Responsible for Graduation Ceremony, 1994-2011 and 2013-2015
•    Translation of website content about Italian painter Domenico Spinosa, Jun 2010
•    Translation of a review on www.scaruffi.com/avant/deca.html, Mar 2010
•    Member of Committee on Foreign Language standards and proficiency expectations and understanding of best practices for developing and assessing language proficiency, Feb 2008
•    Part of Planning Committee for Foreign Language European Festivals 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, Germany
•    Core session instructor in Foreign Language Festival events in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
•    Creation of an original video clip advertisement of Foreign Languages http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qssm02-7F1U, Oct 2005
•    OFT Representative for LinguaFest Planning, Germany, Mar 2007
•    Responsible for selection, presentation and purchase of Advanced Italian textbooks for all American DoDDS Schools in Italy, Mar 2007
•    Translator of Parent Rights for Department of Defense Dependent Schools official site www.specialed.eu.dodea.edu/parentpage13.htm, Sep 2005
•    Creator of official logos for FL European Festivals, Germany, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
•    Accredited Interviewer of American Teachers applying for Host Nation positions in Naples, Mar 2001
•    Member of Review of DoDDS Foreign Language Standards Committee, Arlington, Jun 2002
•    HS Representative for Virtual Planning Committee Conference, Jan 2002
•    Head of Italian Textbook Selection Committee for Med District, Sep 2001
•    Host and organizer of All-Italy Foreign Language Festival, 2001 and 2004
•    Member of Benchmark Committee, Sept 2000
•    Member of New Material Review Committee, Richmond, Virginia, Aug 2000
•    Foreign Language Department Head at NAHS, 1996-1999
•    Host and organizer of First Foreign Language Festival, Naples, Apr 1997
•    Interviewer of Derrick de Kerckhove, Director of McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology (Canada), Jun 1996
•    Trainer of NMHS Teachers in “Integrade grading system” Software, Dec 1995

professional background

DoDEA

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the United States Department of Defense that manages all schools for military children and teenagers in the United States and also overseas at American military bases worldwide. DoDEA also provides support to more than one million military-connected students who attend public schools throughout the United States. It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from the Mark Center in Alexandria Virginia. DoDEA's schools are divided into three areas, each of which is managed by an area director. Within each of these three areas, schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents.
>> visit DoDEA website

College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.  Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
>> visit the College Board website

ACTFL

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.   ACTFL holds an annual Convention and World Languages Expo that provides participating teachers with an amazing educational journey with the option to choose from more than 700 educational sessions in a variety of formats covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. The ACTFL Convention is an international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels and assignments.
>> visit the ACTFL website

AATI

The American Association of Teachers of Italian is a professional organization of scholars worldwide who contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of Italian Studies through teaching, research, and service. Our mission is to promote, advance, and preserve the study of Italian language, literature, and culture in its multiple historical and contemporary manifestations. The AATI achieves these goals by sponsoring meetings, seminars, conferences, competitions, workshops, national examinations, the National Italian Honor Society, and by publishing the quarterly journal Italica, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research in all areas of Italian studies. The AATI also collaborates with other professional organizations to accomplish its objectives.
>> visit the AATI website

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