Dida spent her formative years traveling between Naples, Italy, where she has family, and Portland, Oregon, where she grew up.
Her early exposure to travel informed her passion for all things linguistic and cultural. She is a self-taught linguaphile. In addition to Italian, Dida speaks Spanish and French. She was most recently awarded a fellowship from the Canada Center at the UW to study intensive French.
Dida has worked and lived in every corner of Italy: from Sicily to Veneto. She returns to Italy often to visit friends and family. When she is not exploring Italy she is seeing the rest of the world: Dida has been to almost 30 countries!
Her education has primed her for the classroom; Dida holds a BS from the University of Oregon in Education, and an MA from the University of Washington in Italian Studies. Dida boasts a long history of teaching. She has worked at La Scuola Italiana di Portland, South Seattle College and the University of Washington. She currently teaches at Seattle University, the Dante Alighieri Society of Seattle and Whole Child Learning Center. Outside of the classroom she serves on the event committee for the local non profit WPIG (Women's Philanthropic Investment Group of Seattle), dances Hula with Kenike's Wahines Polynesian Revue, hikes around Seattle and cares for her dog, Giacomo.
Dida has taught virtually every age from Preschool to Continuing Education, and every subject from Italian for Travel and Conversational Italian. She is trained in the Reggio-Emilia approach for children. She practices a Montessori approach to education at Whole Child Learning Center. She believes in the magic of self-directed learning through organic experiences. Dida noticed the lack of opportunities of Italian for children in Seattle and decided to act! Her dream is to make the love of Italian language and culture a reality for the children and families of Seattle.