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TEACHERS

Our team of qualified, professional and experienced teachers is our greatest asset.

 

ISN teachers are recognized for their expertise and significant experience in international education. Our faculty is culturally diverse and brings a global perspective to the classroom. The majority of our professional educators have advanced degrees, or more than 20 years teaching experience and all are passionate and committed to learning and continuous development.

ISN’s primary language of instruction is English and 100% of our core subjects are taught by English mother-tongue teachers from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, etc.

Special Subjects Teachers
Early Childhood Development
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Marina Grimaldi

Pre-school

My name is Marina Grimaldi. I am Australian. I am a Montessori trained teacher and I have worked with children aged 3 to 5 for the past 28 years. One of the most valuable rewards of working with children is to encourage the love for learning from a very young age and to have the opportunity to watch children grow and learn in a fun and stimulating environment. 

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Susan Martin

Kindergarten

My name is Susan Martin and I have been teaching  Kindergarten at the International School of Naples for the past 10 years. It feels like I have come home! I grew up in Naples as the daughter of American missionaries. I attended ISN many years ago when it was known as the John F. Kennedy American School of Naples and was located in the Mostra D’Oltremare. My home in the United States is in Illinois, where I attended Wheaton College to study early childhood education.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT TEACHERS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

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Marianna Veltri

First Grade

My name is Marianna Veltri, originally from Long Island/Queens, New York, and I moved to Italy in 2017 to become part of the ISN team. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master in the Art of Teaching in Elementary Education for Grades 1-6 from Queens College, New York, graduating with honors from both. My teaching journey began at Polk Street School in New York, where I initially worked as an Academic Intervention Services Teacher and Guided Reading Instructor, focusing on children needing tailored learning support. I later taught kindergarten and second grade, employing diverse strategies to meet the educational needs of all students. With over a decade in teaching, I am committed to refining my methods to serve our students best. Teaching is my passion, and my goal is to make learning a fulfilling and inspiring journey for every child.

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Calce Lafreniere Camille

Second Grade

My name is Camille.

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Iannucci Immacolata

Third Grade

My name is Imma Iannucci. I was born in Naples and I attended international schools. I graduated from Nottingham Trent University, in London. Throughout university I traveled to study and work between Italy, the USA and the UK. I attended San Diego State University during my third year abroad, and I worked in Milan, Florence and Rome as well. I had been teaching English in several schools in Naples for seven years before I joined the ISN team in 2020. I believe that in order to give your best everyday you should love what you do, and I do love my job. I love kids, and I love teaching and learning from them.

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Nora Colella Fryar

Fourth Grade

My name is  Nora Colella Fryar I have more than 20 years

as teaching experience,  to include teaching in Italian Public Schools in PON Programs, and as a 4th, 5th and 6th grade teacher at the Monticelli International School in Lago Patria, Naples. I’ve also taught in the Upward Bound Program in the US at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, VA, as a science tutor.   I’ve been here at ISN since 2017 as a 5th, 6th and 4th grade teacher. I am currently working as a 4th grade teacher.

I’ve earned my Bachelor Degree in Science from the University of Maryland MD. I am a graduate from University of Bologna where I gained my 2 year Master Degree in  Applied Criminology. I gained a   Master's as family mediator and a teaching degree from the State of Hawaii. I am a proud mom of a Mechanical  Engineer and Police Officer.  As a parent myself, I know that your pride and joy is entering my classroom everyday, and I thank you for allowing me this wonderful opportunity to be their teacher. I promise to give my very all to teach, inspire, motivate, and encourage your child.  Together we can achieve wonderful things.

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Ryan Heath

Fifth Grade

I'm a dedicated educator with a B.A. in Education from Washington State University. My teaching journey has taken me across the globe, starting in the Seattle area. I've taught in Japan, Germany, and Italy, specializing in swim lessons and lifeguarding on military bases. In 2007, I moved to Italy and fell in love with the country and an Italian, now my spouse. We have two children who attend ISN. Before joining ISN in 2009, I taught English as a second language. Over the years, I've taught various grade levels, currently focusing on 5th grade. I believe in every student's potential for success with the right tools and guidance. My teaching philosophy centers on love and care as essential elements for a child's success. I continually refine my methods to meet my students' unique needs, creating a nurturing and enriching learning environment. My passion for education and dedication to instilling a love for learning continues to inspire students at the International School of Naples.

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS

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Daniela Masucci

Sixth Grade

My name is Daniela Masucci. I am an American-Italian citizen. I am the Sixth Grade teacher. A few years ago, I completed a Master's Degree in Teacher Education at the University of Phoenix in Arizona, and had the opportunity to combine it with a teaching experience at the Naples Elementary School (Department of Defense District School) in Gricignano D’Aversa. While studying and completing my teaching experience, I taught a variety of grades in the elementary school level including the fourth grade. Teaching is all I have ever wanted to do since I was in high school. This is my 13th year teaching at ISN and I am still as inspired as my first year!

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Katherine Hominuk

Science

My name is Katherine Hominuk. I was born and raised in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. I have been living abroad for 16 years. Before moving to Italy, I spent five years teaching at the American International School of Vilnius, in Lithuania and 2 years teaching in South Korea. I have an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, with a minor in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph, Canada and a Master’s of Science in Education from Niagara University, U.S.A.. I hold a teaching certificate from both New York State and the Province of Ontario, Canada. 

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Muhammad Awais Cheema

H.S. Math Teacher

My name is Muhammad Awais Cheema, and I am proud to be a part of the ISN family!I am currently the home room teacher for grade 12. I was born in Pakistan and raised in Australia. Traveling and experiencing different cultures has always been a top priority for me. I have a degree in Chemical Engineering and Education, and I formerly worked with Schlumberger Oil and Gas as a well service engineer and then with the Adidas Global team as a Quality assurance engineer. I have worked in multicultural environments, which gave me ample exposure to different ways of thinking and above all acceptance. I have been teaching since 2017, and I joined the ISN team in 2021. I wholeheartedly believe in the ISN vision, and take it as my utmost responsibility to implement these traits in my students.

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Karen Ferrelli

English/ESL

My name is Karen Ferrelli. I am an American that has been living in Naples since 1989. I began teaching High School English at ISN in 2015. Before that, I taught at the University of Maryland University College, Europe. I have a BA and an MA in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and took graduate classes in teaching writing at the University of Rhode Island. I am also an experienced online instructor and enjoy combining learning and technology with the classroom.

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Antonietta Milione

Social Studies and ESL

My name is Antonietta Milione and I was born and raised in Australia. In 1991, I graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne, with a BA in Social Sciences; and, in 1992, I completed “Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from Cambridge University. I have over thirty years of teaching experience and I began my professional career teaching English as a foreign language.  For the past eleven years, I have taught both social studies and ESL courses in both the middle and high school at “The International School of Naples”.  In my vast teaching experience, I have always taught non-natives speakers and this has enabled me to develop skills that are essential in helping international students successfully undertake an English language program.

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Ileana Nacca

Social Studies and ESL

My name is Ileana Nacca and I was born and raised  in Rochester, New York. I received  a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and an Associates of Arts in English Literature from the University of Maryland in 1988. Over the past years I have acquired various teaching qualification modules from the University of Cambridge in Teaching English as a Second Language. I have been teaching Social Studies and ESL at the ISN since 2011. For the past 30 years I have also taught various levels of English for children and adults.                                Ever since I was a child my dream was to be a teacher thanks to the inspiring educators I had as role models in elementary school. This desire grew as I continued to meet exceptional teachers throughout my years in high school and university. I hope I can have  the same positive  influence on  my students as I experienced. Teaching is not only explaining a particular subject, but it has an important role in guiding students emotionally and professionally through stages of learning and helping them to become true global citizens.

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Sapphire Li Qiwei

Math Teacher

My name is Sapphire Li and I have been teaching in ISN as a math teacher for 5 years. I moved to Italy in 2015  from Qingdao, China where I was born and grew up. Before moving here, I spent over ten years teaching math at an American international school of Qingdao in China. I’m experienced in teaching all levels of math from Pre-algebra to AP Calculus BC. My experience gives me a unique ability to teach math in a heterogeneous classroom, to explain complicated concepts in various ways and to never cease learning in my field. I like to study when I am free and this habit enabled me to accomplish my Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructions from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011.  I’m sure I will have a fantastic time with my students as we explore and enjoy the beauty of math together!

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Teresa Bortone

H.S. English Teacher/ESL

I'm Teresa Bortone, a returning Secondary school teacher at ISN with 30 years of experience in English and ESL. I'm fluent in Italian and English, and I'm passionate about integrating literature and the arts into my lessons. I support non-native English speakers in grades 7-12, promoting diversity and celebrating individual strengths. Beyond teaching, I'm active in environmental and humanitarian causes, and I've represented indigenous people in various capacities. Teaching is my vocation, a mutual exchange where I learn as much as I give.

Middle & High School Teachrs
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