I was born in Treviso in 1967. I graduated in Law from the University of Parma and I have since become a professional jazz saxophonist. After two years of forensic practice, I decided to pursue the profession of musician and started teaching Law and Economics at Collegio Vescovile Pio X, the same one I attended after classical high school.
Since 2002, I have written textbooks on Law and Political Economics for ParaMond, now Pearson Italia, with over ten publications on these subjects. In 2013, I started Pio X International, a four-year International school leading to the prestigious IB International Diploma , recognized worldwide, including Italy. In January 2016 I took the role of Head of School at H-International School.
A revolutionary environment that fosters the confrontation of some fundamental paradigms in one's life: education, training, and professional and career development.
My career in education began when I became fascinated with child development. While caring for my nephew, I witnessed the incredible learning that occurs daily for infants; both naturally and through adult provided stimulation.
I began teaching in an early years center and then moved into elementary teaching in San Francisco. My desire to explore the world led me into international schools, where I have been fortunate to have worked in seven different countries over the past 21 years.
I deeply believe in learner centered education and I apply this philosophy to both children and adults in a school community. I believe that all learners are individuals who have different strengths and needs and therefore require diverse types of support in order to succeed. The development of personal responsibility is essential to bringing out the best in students and teachers as they strive to be self-motivated, responsible, lifelong learners.
As an educational leader I believe it is my role to support students and teachers as individuals and to ensure that the work teachers undertake on a daily basis allows each child to develop independence, responsibility and a strong desire to learn.
I have an innate curiosity about the world around me as well as the people in it. My love of world literature and interest in human communication had somehow magically woven me into the field of education.
Prior experiences as a teacher, Director of Learning, and regional Head of Education and Diversity led me to opportunities in the UK, USA, Middle East, and South East Asia. Within this process, I have discovered something deeply satisfying about unlocking the creative potential of students through literature.
It has also made me realise the value of teaching and learning through the eyes of children from varying cultures. It is, therefore, with great enthusiasm that I look forward to collaborating with the education community of H-FARM.
After graduating University I had little idea of my future path in life and over the next year worked a variety of jobs, it was during this time that I decided a career as a teacher was what I wanted. I qualified as a teacher and worked in schools around Birmingham before life brought me to Italy.
Once again I didn't have a clear idea of what I was going to do but after meeting a fellow Englishman I decided to set up an English language school. I ran this school for several years before finding a job at the English International School of Padova.
I taught business and was also responsible for the implementation and running of the IBDP Economics programme there. This brings me to the present day where I have worked at H-International school as the Deputy Head of the high school since September 2016.
I realised at a young age that I wanted to be a teacher, and help children reach their full potential, so I jumped straight into the deep end and studied primary education at university. After teaching the English National Curriculum in Southampton, England, I moved to Padova as the ‘first step’ of my international experience.
However, I didn’t get far and moved to Treviso in 2006, where I discovered the IB and the PYP. I have since completed my Masters in International Education and the PYP, and have been PYP Coordinator since 2011. I love how the IB encourages even the teachers to be curious, inquirers and to continue to develop their own understanding of how our students learn best.
Children are so curious naturally, and I love helping them discover and understand the world around them, encouraging them to become true life-long learners.
Everyone’s life follows a path, mine has led me to Treviso and H-International School.
It all began in the UK in 1966, a couple of decades later I gained a degree in Biology and entered into industry, becoming successful however unfulfilled. I am the eldest of a large extended family and had enjoyed nurturing my siblings, encouraging them to learn and develop life skills, therefore to enter into teaching appealed.
Initially I was a science teacher, within the UK education system, however at my last UK school I was introduced to the International Baccalaureate, the programme and philosophy and I knew this was where my future lay.
Since then I have worked at some of the leading IB schools in the world in a variety of roles. I passionately believe that the IB helps to develop the young to become knowledgable, caring, respectful learners who strive to be global citizens through understanding, education and here at H-IS, innovation. They are the H in H-IS.