Who's who

Team and faculty

“A good teacher can inspire hope, stimulate imagination, and infuse love for learning

Brad Henry

Teachers

Debora Scibilia

I was born and grew up in Turin, a city full of life and possibilities
After completing my studies, education has always been central to my life and my job.
During my various work experiences and thanks to the “Early Years Educator” Specialization, I had the chance to learn different educational methods for children of different age groups.
At WINS, I enthusiastically teach Italian language and culture in an international, dynamic and multicultural environment. 
My greatest professional satisfaction is to encourage children to be curious and involve them in developing their desire for learning. My goal is to create a comfortable environment and an atmosphere full of motivation and enthusiasm with the children’s well-being as the first priority.
“Live in color” is my motto because I love the colors of cultures, languages, food, and people from all over the world!

Raquel González Rubio


I am Spanish, from La Mancha, where most of the adventures of Don Quixote take place. After completing my degree in Business Administration, I explored the world of finance working in a bank until I decided to change my pathway and follow my passion to become a teacher. From 2007 to 2011, I worked in Madrid where I taught economics and mathematics and in 2012 I decided to move to Germany for an international experience. Since then, I have taught Spanish to all levels in bilingual and International schools in Hamburg, preparing the students for the Spanish IB and DELE exams. My teaching methodology allows me to combine some of my hobbies: education, Spanish music and cinema, trips and sports.

Elena Miakouchko

I was born in Russia. I graduated in piano with the highest marks in 1989 at the Conservatoire of Don, where I received a solid preparation under the guidance of the descendants of the prestigious H. Neuhaus Moscow Musical School. Still a student, I began to teach piano at the Scuola Superiore di Musica of my native Russian city. In 1990 I moved to Turin where I continued my activity, playing a rich classical repertoire at prestigious venues, including Circolo dei Artisti, Circolo dei Lettori, Teatro Orfeo, Circolo della Stampa , Biblioteca Musicale A. della Corte. My repertoire ranges from the Baroque era (Bach, Clementi, Cimarosa) to classics (Mozart, Beethoven) and romantics (Chopin, Debussy). Since 1993 I have been interested in Waldorf pedagogy for teaching in schools and I have attended seminars on anthroposophy and music pedagogy in Italy and Switzerland. From 1993 to 2003 I taught music at the Associazione Pedagogica Steineriana in Turin.

Giorgia Cipolla

Having grown up in a bilingual household with South African and Italian parents, I have first-hand experience of the challenges faced by students learning in bilingual education systems. I worked for the British Council in London, Rome and Madrid, and after several years in TEFL decided to specialise and become a primary school teacher.  I am inspired every day by my students and strive to be a role model for them. I believe we have a lot to learn from our students but to do so we have to make them feel supported and valued, and this is my mission, as well as providing them with the highest educational standards. As Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” I adopt a creative and dynamic approach in the classroom in order to establish an enjoyable and motivating learning environment. I choose to work in an IB school because I strongly believe in an open-minded and inquiry-based approach, set in an international context.

 

Valentina Casella

I was born in Ivrea, a small town added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List because of the social function of art promoted by Adriano Olivetti. Maybe that’s why social interactions and art are my main interests! As a consequence, I graduated in law and passed the bar exam, but I also got a PhD in Archaeology, History and Art History to learn more from the past. I love teaching and I’ve been working for five years at the University of Torino, where I did the research to publish two books and many papers on Greek, Roman, Roman-Egyptian, and Byzantine law history. I enjoy painting and making pottery so much that I dedicated a corner in my house to these activities, that I alternate with reading and that I accompany with classical and early music when I can’t attend a live concert. My aim at WINS is to convey my passions to my students in a funny and simple way, so that they could get the instruments to enjoy beauty in their everyday life and to develop a transdisciplinary mindset.

Pietro Nigro


I was brought up in Siracusa and got my degree in Humanities in Rome. Even though I often felt nostalgic about my homeland, and as much as I appreciate it, I always enjoyed living abroad. I decided to move to the US where I earned a Master of Fine Arts at Boston University. For a few years I worked in Los Angeles and Rome, however I decided to follow my calling for teaching and got a degree in Italian language and linguistics with the focus on Educational Sciences. Hence I started working as an educator whose teaching philosophy is a perfect match for the IB mission and vision; the learner profile truly resonates with me and I try my best to carry out those values and be a role model for my students. My joy for learning languages and discovering other cultures enhanced my empathy and my critical thinking, and that is what I want to pass on to my students, helping them discover their own way into the language as a key to accessing the world and fulfill themselves.

 

Gianluca Sinico

Turin, according to me, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I was lucky enough to be born here. Once I turned 25 years old and had my Physical Education degree I started travelling. I have worked in North America, South East Asia and Oceania. I have always worked with children as a volunteer in the charity sector and I have taught a variety of physical activities such as swimming and athletics. Over the last few years I have looked closely at the complex relationship between body and mind and it is this relationship that I am trying to convey to my students.  My aim is to help them understand that P.E. is not just sport, but the interest in movement and its boundless potential for both body and mind.

 

Elisa Rossetto

Born in 1991, I obtained a degree in Communications from the University of Turin. Later on, following my passion, I decided to take a Master in Advanced Photography at the European Design Institute (IED) of Milan focusing on child photography and ending it with a thesis in Semiotics analyzing a particular kind of Japanese cartoon called “animeshon”. I then found myself chasing work opportunities and moved to different countries like the United States and Sweden working with children as an “au pair” and then as a photography assistant for different brands such as “HellyHansen”, “Monky” and “Cheap Monday”. Growing up in a small environment as the city of Cuneo hasn’t stopped me from loving multiculturalism since I was young. Working at WINS finally helps me pursue my dream to discover different realities and cultures.

Martine Rollandin


Born and raised between the beautiful Italian Alps, I early discovered my love for literature, traveling and my particular interest in social activities.

I graduated in Comparative Literatures in Turin and, while I was working in a newsroom as managing editor and team coordinator, I got a post-graduate degree in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Although I became a journalist, teaching has always been my true passion. I worked in a rehabilitation center for minors with eating, mental disorders and drug addiction and, recently, I volunteered as an English and Geography teacher in the first youth center for children and teenage asylum seekers in Samos, Greece. For me, education is not just about lessons in textbooks: it is about the lessons of life. That’s why I strongly believe that we can change the world for good one child at a time.

Victoria Corkhill
I am originally from Washington, D.C. and love living in Torino, where I have lived for two years. I have had the opportunity to teach in the United States, Japan, and Italy. I am passionate about teaching, and believe that the PYP offers a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum that produces strong educational outcomes with a focus on global mindedness and good citizenship. In my classroom, I aim to create a warm, fun, and comfortable learning environment where children can explore their interests, take risks, and contribute to the classroom community. I firmly believe that all children can achieve academic success and aim to teach children with respect to their individual needs.
Aurora Maselli

I am 30 years old and I was born and raised in Modena, the city of lasagne, tortellini, Pavarotti and Maserati.
I completed high school in Modena as well as a College degree in Communication Sciences in Reggio Emilia. After that, I moved to Canada where I worked in the communication field and planned activities and events for family, kids and groups.
After coming back, I moved to Turin where I worked different jobs before starting a new career path in the education field and work with children.
I love working with kids; through their curiosity and questions, one can truly see things from a different perspective.
The world is new and mysterious for young students. They are curious, full of imagination and so enthusiastic to learn, and I hope to be an important part of their learning journey.

Dora Paronetto

I hold a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Kent at Canterbury in UK (UKC) and then received my Master’s in Private Banking from CUOA, Italy, attending through an Italian banking institution who provided a full scholarship. Prior to studying at UKC, I earned the IB Diploma from the UWC IB boarding school of the Adriatic, attending through a prestigious scholarship that was awarded following a national selection.
I started my 12-year career in risk management in London as a financial data analyst, working in FSA, ICMA and several other auditing and consultancy organisations on significant projects such as SOX, IAS and compliance. My area of interest has always been economics and business, so I began teaching as a second career after working in the consultancy business of the ITC industry in Milan as a process consultant. To enhance my teaching credentials, I pursued a TEFL certification in Madrid where I worked as an English teacher as well mastering my way through numerous educational courses and professional experiences.
My teaching experience includes 5 years of teaching high IGCSE Business Studies and my financial education and experience have further enhanced my business skills and projects.
I am an avid adventurer and I find inner joy in diverse, multicultural and international environments. My pastimes include running, outdoor recreation and most of all, lifelong project management.
“I am just a teacher with a consultant approach and a passion for the International Baccalaureate. Most importantly, I love learning and have realised that it is my vocation to impact future generations through sharing my experiences”.

Sandra Fernandes

I am an enthusiastic and focused Science teacher, who is committed to safeguarding and promoting the education and well-being of children and young people at all times. With a M.A in Teaching of Science, I started my journey as a teacher in Portugal and have since worked in England, the Czech Republic, and China for nine years. I have taught IGCSE and IB-Diploma which gave me a good understanding of the different curricula. Born and raised in Portugal, teaching around the world has given me a good understanding of different cultures and allowed me to grow both professionally and personally. Besides my passion for Physics and General Science, I have been closely involved in school activities such as volleyball coaching. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking with my dog, cooking, and spend time with friends and family.

Marta Peebo

I’m an Estonian teacher perpetually on the move. At the age of 11 I made a list of countries I’ve been to and it exceeded 70. After that the list has just kept on growing. The nomadic lifestyle has helped me appreciate design and visual culture – I’m drawn to things people create in order to express themselves without words.

I hold a master’s degree in Design and Applied Arts and I got a Teacher’s certificate level 7 of the EQF. My teaching career started 14 years ago when I volunteered in an orphanage in Egypt. I like how voluntary work and community art projects complement the systematic and well-established approaches to education such as the IB. I’ve been the vice principal of the Children’s Art school of Tartu, where I am currently developing the 3D design a graphic design curriculum, together with teaching IB Diploma Visual Arts at Miina Härma Gümnaasium.

I’m interested in how communities function; how we can learn from (extreme) environments and how we can prepare our children for an unpredictable future. I believe that a school is not just a building and that outdoor learning is possible in every weather. In a classroom setting I strive towards a calm and focused atmosphere.

Javier Ruiz Gómez

I am Spanish, born and partially raised in a small medieval town in the north county of Navarre named Olite. From there, I moved to Galway, in Ireland, where I completed a BA in English and History, and a Professional Master of Education right after, qualifying as a teacher.

I’ve taught DP and MYP Art History, History and Classic Studies/Latin. I share a passion for reading and writing, as well as doing sports and listening to music. I like to mix fiction and historic writing and reading, even when sometimes one cannot tell them apart. I enjoy blending creativity with almost every element of my subjects to broaden the world I know, after all, our world is only as big as we make it.

My main goal, in WINS, and as a teacher is to provide the necessary skills a generation needs to be active global citizens, and what is more importantly, pro-active citizens with the ability to show initiative to be the change they want to see in the world. To do this, they will need to take into consideration the past to make decisions for the future. 

Annemarie Kets

I am from the Netherlands. I finished my bachelor Social Work and I worked for several years as a social worker/educator. 

Twenty-five years ago, I fell in love with Turin during a school exchange project and I live here for over ten years now. Since then, I have been working in an IB school.

I absolutely love to work with children, and to see the world through their eyes. I enjoy their curiosity, their never-ending energy and their strong drive to learn new things.

My goal is to create a warm and caring environment for them, where there is room for each and every individual to develop. 

Together we will learn and discover new things through play, and they will be stimulated to be independent and caring members of this society and hopefully become lifelong learners.

Francesca Barbera

I was born in Turin, where I lived until I was 9, when I moved to the Netherlands with my family. This move allowed me to learn English and attend an international IB school in Hilversum, where I graduated in 2017. That same year I started my undergraduate in English Literature and Sociology at the University of Glasgow, a degree which I completed this year in 2021. My time in the international environments of both school and university allowed me to meet many people from all over the world and have experiences in many different multicultural environments. In addition to my passion for literature and an interest in the social sciences, I also have a passion for languages, having learned both English and Spanish from a young age. I love creativity in all its forms, with hobbies including both arts and crafts with drawing and music through playing the piano. 

Óscar Gonçalves

I am a Portuguese Science trained teacher with a genuine passion for teaching and learning. With a B.Sc. in Biology and Geology and a M.A. in Teaching of Science, both from the University of Minho, I have taught in five different countries which has given me an excellent overview of schools expectations, students needs and different curricula, including International Baccalaureate (IB) and British Curriculum (IGCSE).

I like to consider myself a student centered educator with academically rigorous approaches that prepare students for a rapidly changing future. I am particularly keen on project-based and authentic assessment approaches and the deliberate planning for contextual real-world links they require. 

In my free time I enjoy travelling, playing football and tennis, any excuse to spend time outside and corresponding with friends and family.’

Giulia Corrente

Despite being born and raised in Turin, I come from an international family. My grandfather is Sudanese, and my mom is a native English speaker. Therefore, I have always loved traveling and discovering new cultures different from mine.

My other passion is mathematics because it is a universal language. Therefore, I graduated in Mathematical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino.

Also, I’ve always been drawn to teaching. My first students were my sisters (who hate math, so I immediately found myself facing the challenges typical of teaching).

So here I am, doing the job that best represents me: a math teacher at an international school. What more can I ask for?

My goal is to transmit my same passion for numbers to my students. I don’t believe that one has to have a talent for mathematics. It is accessible to all, and I will prove it to my students.

If I’m not at school you can find me wherever there is water (swimming pool, sea, rivers, …) swimming or scuba diving.

Pamela Galván

¡Hola!

I am originally from Mexico, the most colorful and contrasting country in the world, also one of the happiest. But since a very young age I have had the opportunity to live in different countries, hence to learn different languages (English, French and Italian) which also led me to develop a deeper interest in different cultures and their diverse forms of expression and thinking.

 Using my linguistic advantages, I have been an experience designer in the world of business management and also in the entertainment industry, covering educational projects, specialized tours and event planning. 

I started sharing my passion for languages and knowledge during my high school and university years. Outside of Mexico I used to help my classmates to learn Spanish and in Mexico I helped foreign university students with their cultural immersion and teenagers to learn English or French. I got a certification to teach Spanish as a Foreign Language and I have been a full time language teacher since I moved to Italy in 2019. 

For a long time, I’ve also been part of the Indigenous Communities’ Education Development Programas a Spanish and English teacher because I strongly believe that everybody deserves a better education, thus the right to have the same opportunities. I love being in contact with people, especially children and I strive to do my best to offer them a comfortable, respectful and fun environment to learn, stay curious and work as part of a community.

Outside of teaching I really enjoy dancing; learning anything related to health, wellbeing, new skills or languages, and creating stuff with my hands (ceramics, crafts, wooden objects).

Deborah Gilmore

Born in Wales, bilingual English/Italian, I have been an ESL (English Second Language) teacher for over 20 years. I am a Baby Signs Instructor and the creator of Cookie and Spoon, two characters I use for working with children. I was a Kindermusik Educator for two years. I work very closely with my students and their families joining music, play, fun, passion for teaching and communication together in a global manner. I work in different institutions both local and private, working with all ages groups with the aim of promoting the learning of English in a “natural” way.  I am a CELTA teacher, mother of three adolescents, I love reading, singing and I adore Nutella!   My motto is: “The sooner you begin, the better!”

Jennifer Wolfe

I am originally from North Carolina but have fallen in love with Italy and my adoptive city of Turin, where I have lived for ten years. As a natural linguaphile, I began my career first as an English as a Second Language teacher and then, after completing my Master’s degree, as an Italian teacher. I am particularly passionate about language acquisition and how young children first learn to communicate. I am also a firm believer in the benefits of the IB PYP program for young learners, which embraces inquiry and promotes play, discovery and exploration. I believe that by supporting children’s natural curiosity and inclination to learn, we lay solid foundations for future learning. I am constantly amazed how such little people can achieve such remarkable things. I look forward to working with your children and accompanying them on this extraordinary journey!

Kristin Walter

I am originally from Saxony, one of the most beautiful regions in Germany due to its huge density of fortresses and magnificent castles.
After completing my university degree in German as a foreign language, English and Italian I went to Italy.
Here I had the opportunity to teach German to all levels: from university students to professionals at the first training centres, down to little ones at European institutes.
I love teaching and passing on my passion for the German language through interactive and funny lessons.
Carlotta Barra

I was born in 1995 in Turin. I graduated in Linguistic Mediation and I got a master’s degree in Translation with Portuguese and Spanish as main languages. During this training course I could join the Erasmus project in Lisbon, thanks to which I grew up and knew so many people from different countries and different traditions; this experience made me even more fascinated by multiculturalism. What does WINS represent for me? It is that reality in which internationality creates strong links between children and adults from all over the world and I am very happy to be part of it!

Maicy Coon

I am originally from Minnesota in the United States. This is where I first obtained an associate’s degree in psychology followed by a bachelor’s degree in animal and equine sciences. After spending some time working in the dairy and equine industries, I found myself constantly seeking work with individuals with special needs, especially children.

I followed my passion of helping those with learning differences and pursued my master’s degree in Social Work at Boston College, in Massachusetts. I worked as a primary school Social Worker in Boston before moving to Turin in 2019. As a SENs teacher, I am passionate about helping all students discover about themselves, gain confidence, and find the unique ways that they learn best. This helps the students I work with see and then reach their full potentials.

Carolina Corbò


I was born in Genoa, but I spent the first 14 years of my life around the world before settling down in Turin.

After graduating in Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures, I worked in various sectors, but I continued teaching English, and Italian as a foreign language only as an extra activity, until the turning point that occurred in 2015 when I flew to Scotland and obtained my CELTA.

Since then, my passion for teaching has never left me because I strongly believe that knowledge is the only and actual weapon to hand on to future generations.

I believe in the importance of mutual respect, in the acceptance of differences and in empathy as tools for creating a healthy and peaceful learning environment.

My motto is Let’s go the extra mile, but with our head screwed on!

Marko Kronfeld


I am originally from Stuttgart, in Germany.

I moved to Turin in 1997 with my family when I was 15 years old and since then I studied and trained here in Turin at the Università degli Studi di Torino.

I explored the world of being a translator and interpreter in the car industry. I also used my linguistic knowledge in the tourist sector and I gave my voice to some audio books for German learning books. From the time I was in university when I helped my friends to learn proper German, I never lost the passion to teach my language, to share my culture, the history of my root, and the unique way the Germans talk, think and work. I have taught my passion since 2006 to kids, teenagers and adults and every time I see a progress or an improvement I feel like the citizens of the world are coming a bit closer together.

I’m convinced that learning a language helps us to understand each other better, which could lead us to a worldwide peaceful living together.

Sean Loughney


I was born in Dublin, Ireland, where I have recently achieved a Masters in Education and a teaching license in history and political education.

I have been lucky enough to work with children in some amazing countries such as Ireland, USA, Italy and most recently in China. It has given me the opportunity to explore and appreciate different cultures as well as new perspectives towards modern education.

My approach to teaching is to create a safe learning environment whereby students feel they can take risks and share their opinions on issues that still need answering. I have learnt that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.

My motto is very simple: “stay curious”

Rossella Pastore


I have always been proud of my roots and the cultural heritage of my country. However, I have always had a strong interest and curiosity towards multiculturalism and language learning.

After achieving a degree in Lingue e Letterature Straniere and a degree in Interpretazione di Conferenza in Italy and after several work experiences in England, my vocation for teaching arrived, marking a significant turning point in my life. I completed a PGCE in Foreign Modern Languages at London Metropolitan University and thus far, I have taught Italian, Spanish, English and French.

The IB philosophy is my inspiration. I feel a great responsibility towards my pupils and society and my ultimate goal is to provide my students with a unique learning experience which is engaging, relevant, and inspiring, in which my pupils are protagonists of their own learning and acquire not only the ability to reflect on global concepts, but manly to identify with them.

My pedagogical and teaching approach aims at stimulating passion, curiosity, communication, reflexion, critical thinking, risk-taking and problem-solving skills, independence, resilience and creativity.

Katharine Tracey

I am originally from the Chicago land area in the United States, however, I now call Turin home after moving here over 7 years ago.  I received my undergraduate degree at Indiana University, where after, I continued my studies in Italy with a masters in communications and an additional graduate degree in international teaching which led me to the wonderful world of IB teaching and learning. I have been teaching in various school environments, throughout my time in Italy, where English is primarily a second language.
I believe that learning is an experience to be had outside the book, and that is why I am a strong advocate for the IB teaching and learning program.  I aim to bring my passion for teaching and learning to our students so they can become enthusiastic life time learners.
I strive to encourage a positive, uplifting, dynamic and well organized classroom in order for my students to succeed.
 
If you can’t find me in the classroom, you’ll be able to find me on a yoga mat, skiing down a mountain, or planning my next trip.
María Belèn Gamas Morales

I am from Mérida, a UNESCO World Heritage city, in the beautiful region of Extremadura, in the south west of Spain. I got my English Studies degree at the University of Extremadura and my teaching certificate at the University of Salamanca. I am currently taking a master’s degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language at Nebrija University.
I have worked as an English teacher in Spain, and I have been teaching Spanish for more than 10 years around the world: United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Sri Lanka, China, Kenya and now, Italy.  I have worked with different systems: Spanish Curriculum, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Levels and IB DP.
I am an IB examiner for Spanish B. I love the IB system, and I am very glad to be able to work with MYP at WINS.

Jacqueline Catalano

I am originally from the small town of Williams Lake, British Columbia (Canada) and graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.

My first teaching position was on a First Nations reserve in a rural part of Canada, but after a while, I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and found a primary teaching position in the big metropolis of Shanghai.  This was a huge contrast to my life in Canada, but I embraced the changes and jumped right into my international teaching career where I coordinated a team of grade one teachers, and then went on to help develop the fine arts program, where I also taught music. As gratifying as this experience was, I was looking for a place closer to nature, which brought me to beautiful Turin, which is where I have been for the last four years.  

Since working internationally, I have acquired the love of teaching through inquiry and using the PYP curriculum.  I value having a safe space for my students to strengthen their curiosity and share their ideas and selves with one another. I also believe that building a strong community between myself, my students and their families is important and lends itself to being learners inside and out of the school environment.  I also use music as regular part of the classroom routine, so you will certainly hear sounds of the ukulele coming from my classroom!  

Elena Fernandez

I am originally from Córdoba, a city in the south of Spain traditionally known for its mixture of cultures, so it is engraved in me how beneficial it is for us to grow in a culturally diverse environment – such as an international community.

I got my Primary Years Teaching degree and English as a Second Language Teaching specialization at the University of Córdoba and have 8 years of experience teaching in very diverse backgrounds. I spent the last three years teaching in a lovely international school in Madrid and fell in love with the IB PYP system.

I always strive to really get to know my students to create a safe environment where they not only learn and explore but feel at home away from home.

Dimitra Kagiantza

I was born and raised in the picturesque Greek countryside and at a young age I discovered the two passions that guide me through life: teaching and traveling.  After I graduated from the Department of Early Childhood Education of University of Ioannina in Greece, I started my international teaching career at multicultural schools around the world: Greece, Sweden, Sudan and Germany. This year I am excited to move to Italy and become a part of WINS educational community. 

The inquiry and play-based approaches to learning fascinate me and are the basis of my teaching style. I enjoy discovering the world through the eyes of my students and give them a range of opportunities to grow holistically, explore their interests and develop their skills. 

As Aristotle said “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” and this is the reason why I enjoy working with the IB curriculum that supports flexibility and holistic learning. 

Carlos Rodrigues

I have a passion for teaching sports and physical education that started in Portugal in 2013. I am extremely open-minded, principled, caring and I try to live as a role model of the PYP learner profile. I strongly believe that every child has a talent/strength and the best way to nurture and challenge them is to make sure that they are at the heart of the learning process.

I aim to be inspirational, helping to encourage the development of many key characteristics such as leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and communication during my classes

From a young age, i believed that Physical Education plays a critical role in the school’s mission to assist and develop students creating rounded, global citizens, and this goes beyond student participation in sports and games. Linking and connecting PE to other disciplines, and showing our students these links, is an important aspect of my teaching model.

Nikesh Chopra

Sláinte everyone! 

I am from Cork, Ireland but at this stage consider myself to be a ‘world citizen’. Since 2015 I have been teaching in many different educational institutions across Europe and Asia and have gained invaluable cultural experiences that have shaped me into becoming the person that I am today.

I have completed a PGCE in Primary Education, CELTA and TEFL course as well as holding a Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish. I have a lot of experience working with children who speak English as an Additional Language with various academic abilities. As an avid language learner myself, I understand the frustrations and barriers that learning in a foreign language can present and I am very patient and understanding of my students. I love leading students through the exploratory journey of learning and I relish in the light bulb ‘A-ha!’ moments when someone makes a connection between prior knowledge and new learning. My students describe my teaching style as very positive, engaging and fun! My motto towards teaching is that ‘If I’m not having fun and learning during my lesson then neither are my students’.

Outside of teaching I really enjoy hiking, scuba diving, travelling and throwing shapes on the dancefloor! I am very excited to begin my new chapter at WINS and to explore all of the wonders that Torino has to offer!

Gabriele Magnani

I was born in Milan and there I also received my MCs with honors in Computer Science and Engineering at Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano).

I still take part in the Politecnico world by collaborating on the TAFFO project, a research project on the intersection between security and compilers.

I always loved helping others finding a way to understand scientific subjects and also finding skills they didn’t know they had in dealing with scientific problems, so my experience in WINS will be a continuation of that.

In my free time I enjoy playing the piano and relaxing playing videogames.

Lorenzo Curti

Born in Livorno, Tuscany, in 1993, I obtained my degree in Clinical Psychology at University of Turin. Later, with Turin’s Department of Psychology, I have done research upon issues as sexual orientation and gender identity. Then, I had the opportunity to contribute to a research activity related to human-machine interaction with Computer Science Department. These activities led me to publish academic papers in prominent international scientific journals. I think that studying never ends and I am now specialising in order to obtain a degree in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Along with research activities, I carried on my passion for teaching in schools and institutions and I collaborated with educational and prevention projects, with a focus on children and young people’s needs. I believe in school as an institution where it is possible for students to experiment and to explore knowledge and, with it, the world.

Anna Coppola

I am a Secondary School teacher from Manchester in the north-west of England, born to Italian parents. 

I have been a teacher for 22 years in seven different countries, including Spain, Turkey and Morocco, and I am excited to start working at WINS Torino. As an EAL teacher I have been lucky to have experienced living and working in many different countries with different cultures. I have experience in teaching young children, juniors, teenagers and adults of all ability groups. I am also a Trinity Skills for Life examiner, as well as a Cambridge ESOL examiner for KET, PET, FCE and CAE.  

I have always wanted to be a teacher and I try to help my students achieve their goals. 
In my free time I love travelling, exploring new places and learning languages! 

Matthew Krasner

I found my calling for education after wrestling with corporate America for a 10-year spell and I have not looked back. I have now taught various English language, literature and writing courses for 18 years and take great pleasure in the dialogue entertained between young and (relatively) old. For the last 14 years I taught and served as a senior administrator for an IB international school in Warsaw Poland. I am a writer and mindfulness coach and have developed programs for kids to “be more bored” within this age of digital overload. The English classroom at its best can be a sacred space for self-discovery and community building. At its worst? I haven’t discovered that yet.

Giulia Grosso

BA Classics, MA Modern Philology & History (UCSC Milan).

I’m passionate about teaching and verbal communication: I’ve been teaching Italian L2/LS since 2018, with the possibility to work in a multicultural environment. According to me teaching is try to answer to the fundamental question how you know what you know.

I’ve studied ballet for 11 years, cinema and drama for 4 years: Art in all of its forms could really be a promise of happiness. I love meeting people from different cultures in order to be open-minded about what happens in the world. 

Staff

Giulia Mazzocchi


After graduating in Communications at the Catholic University of Milan, I had my first professional experience in Human Resources for a multinational company and afterwards, I have worked for ten years at the Istituto Europeo di Design, managing the Communication and Marketing department. In my life and work I love to get in touch with people and carry out projects building positive synergies in any situation. For this reason, at WINS I aim to create a positive experience for children and their families, so that they can live in a school where they feel welcomed, listened to and appreciated.
With my husband and my son, I take a plane every time we can to fulfill our great desire to explore the world.

Barbara Battaglino


I spent the last 16 years abroad, in the UK and Spain, working as an International Education consultant for the IBO and as a teacher and IB Coordinator.  I have an Italian Honours Degree in Sciences of Education, from Turin University.

I obtained her PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education) from Plymouth University in February 2009, and my QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills Status) in December 2009, from IFL (Institute for Learning).

I moved to the United Kingdom in 2006, where I have been involved in Upper school education as a language teacher, and later as CAS Coordinator, working in a range of educational contexts in both private and state schools.

Since 2011 I have been an active member of the IB Educator Network covering a range of roles in IB assessment and IB professional development: IB DP examiner; author of exam papers for Language B Italian; and IB DP Workshop leader for Language ab- initio.

From 2015 I collaborate with IBO as consultant, supporting candidate schools through the process of authorization, and has become a Team Leader School Visitor in charge of verification visits to candidate schools.

I moved to Spain where I worked as Consultant, in charge of the authorization process of an International school in Madrid, and then IB DP Coordinator until June 2019.

In 2019 I published teaching and learning material for English ab-initio and Spanish ab-initio with the Company Espacio de profesores de CID (Comunidad Intercultural de Docentes).

I believe that an IB Education can be a life changing experience for our children

I consider myself blessed by the opportunity of sharing with our kids the experience of discovery and learning on a daily basis.

Elisa Prisco


I was raised in a bilingual context, which has undoubtedly affected my passion for multicultural understanding; therefore, I pursued my studies inforeign languages – English, German, French – and I am currently completing my MBA in Educational Leadership at the University of Cumbria (UK).
My area of expertise is language learning and development in Early Childhood, with a focus on English Phonics and Grammar.
As a former School Director of IB schools and mother to an IB student, I hold a comprehensive view of the benefits IB programmes provide to our children.
My extensive training and experience with IB programmes – PYP, MYP, DP – allow me to tune in to the school scenario easily and collaboratively work with the Senior Leading Team to magnify the current value of the school, as well as provide new targets and practices for the whole community.
WINS represent an excellent opportunity for their students and staff, and I feel extremely honoured to have joined such a prestigious community of learners.

Alessia Ferraro

I was born in 1993. Studying in an International high-school I was given the opportunity to concentrate on the learning of other languages; I took both English and Spanish language certifications, but most importantly I had the chance to participate in different language study vacations in Spain and Panama, where I fell in love with their culture. I took an Italian and Spanish diploma and went on with my studies obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Linguistic Mediation and a master’s degree in Translation focusing on Spanish, English, Portuguese and French.
All of this gave me the opportunity to work as an intern at the Univerdidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville where I assisted the Italian language course teachers. This experience introduced me to the world of education, and the international environment I found at WINS really combines the best of two worlds. I love being in constant contact with other languages and cultures and mediating between them truly is a satisfaction.

Sara Raso

I was born in 1992. Since I have always had a great interest in foreign languages and cultures, I got a three-year degree in Linguistic mediation (Interpreting and Translation) and I attended a post-graduate course in Specialized translation (technical and scientific fields).

I studied English, German and French and I worked for three years as a translator.

I love animals and I have a great passion for dance and music. I have been dancing for more than ten years and since May 2019 I have been hosting a live radio show, broadcast in the evening once a week.

Driven by the desire to get involved in an innovative and dynamic reality, I sent my application to WINS. I am so proud to be part of this team!

 

Martin Ovalle

Alice Laureana

Gheorghe Luchian
My working experiences begin in Rumania, UK and Italy making a life and working journey a way to improve my skills. I’m a professional decorator for private homes and shops, a specialist in galvanic implants and surface treatment. I also worked in a university library with logistic tasks.
As a WINS team member, I believe it is essential to give the best of my professional skills to make the school a fun and pleasant place to be part of. In this new project, I find a strong spirit of collaboration, willingness, kindness and commitment from all members of staff, together we are building one of the best schools in Italy. In my spare time, I enjoy fishing and outdoors activities. Whenever I have the opportunity, like to escape the city to enjoy favorited hobby.
Valentina Brignolo

I graduated here in Torino, and shortly after completing my goal I went to England, first to Newcastle-Under-Lyme and a year later to Nottingham, the famous hometown of Robin Hood. I worked in both cities in public and university hospitals and have gained experience in several departments. In previous years I worked with children, particularly between the ages of 0-5, as I have the Early Childhood Educator qualification. During my free time I love to visit new cities, museums and restaurants, as well as spending time with my family and friends. I love my job and being in touch with other people. I’m excited to work on this new project that gives me the opportunity to interact with a young, innovative and multiethnic environment.

Daniela Prando

My name is Daniela and I am the librarian at World International School of Torino. I’ve always loved books, libraries and bookstores. My work as a librarian started in the Netherlands where I lived for ten years and worked as a volunteer for a few years in the International School of Hilversum. Then the last few years my volunteering turned into a part time job. I’m very excited that the libraries in the school are growing fast. The students in the PYP and EY are always very happy to come in the library to read and borrow our books. Some of them sometimes choose to come in the library during recess time “to work” as a librarian, and help tiding up the shelves.
We have always a lot of projects running in the library to support the MYP, PYP AND EY teachers and students with the curriculum.

Silvia Maderna


 I was born in Milan in 1995. After getting a bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature at the University of Milan, I decided to follow a career path in the field of Human Resources, to combine management with a passion for people. In order to do that I enrolled in a 1st level Master degree at Bocconi University (MasterOP), that gave me the knowledge and the means needed to thrive in the HR field. At WINS I have the opportunity to work in my chosen field in an international environment, in which academic excellence goes along with appreciation of each person’s worth. In my free time I enjoy reading as much as I can and travelling all around Europe.

Simona Gullo

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