Our Team

We pride ourselves in teaching the Italian language and culture to children, youth and adults for over 30 years. All our teachers are highly qualified and experienced. They make use of the latest teaching materials. In both children’s and adults’ classes, they will ensure not only that students learn the language, but that they have loads of fun while doing it.



Domenico Sorace

I was born and raised in the beautiful region of Calabria, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean.  After graduating from the University of Messina in 1977 with a degree in Mathematics, I taught in a middle and high school first in Bergamo and then in Lecco.  In 1979, I moved to Vancouver.  Soon after, I started to teach Italian as a second language to children, teenagers and adults.  At present, I work for the Italian Cultural Centre , Vancouver School Board and Langara College.  I enjoy teaching Italian and sharing with my students the beauty of Italy, its language, and culture.



 Tatiana Tsishenka

I was born in Belarus, where I graduated in Pedagogy and Linguistics. For over 12 years I worked closely with the Italian Charity fund “Aiutiamoli a vivere” from Terni. I arrived in Canada in 2005 and started working as an ECE teacher. Italian language is my passion and I feel very happy teaching to children ages 3 to 5 at the Italian Cultural Centre.




Betta De Cillis

I was born and raised in Genova, Italy.  I hold a University degree in Sports Science. In Italy I worked in the physical and motor skill development field. In 2004 I moved to the States with my husband and my two children. Relocated to Canada, in 2010, I started to work at the ICC. I teach to children from toddlers to teens. In the last three years at the Centre I have been coordinating the children’s theater group.



Monica Ferrari

Born and raised in Naples, Italy, I completed my education at the University of Federico II of Naples, where I graduated in Business Economics. I moved to Vancouver in 2008, after I married my Canadian husband. I started working for the Italian Centre in 2009 as a teaching assistant. The following years I had the opportunity to teach Italian to 3 to 7  years old a challenging and amazing experience. I love to work with children, teach my language and pass on the traditions of my country.


Elena CaselliElena

I was born in Rome, Italy and graduated with honors from the University of Naples “L’Orientale” with a degree in International and Diplomatic Science. I hold a PhD in Modern and Contemporary History and I have worked in the field of education for the past 10 years. In 2014, my family and I relocated to Vancouver, Canada and I began teaching at the Italian Cultural Centre. I also have a Master in Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures: Methods and Techniques.  I am proud of my  culture and love to share my language and upbringing with my students. I firmly believe in the importance of promoting Italian heritage all over the world.


Michele Fontana

I was born in a small town in Lombardy. After getting a BSc in Italy (Environmental Sciences), I lived in the U.K. and New Zealand, where I gained a master’s (Science Communication) and a PhD (Theatre & Museum) respectively.  I taught communication at universities in Italy and New Zealand, and I have 18 years of experience doing theatre, teaching theatre, and using theatre as an educational tool. I also lived in Belgium and Japan, always sharing my Italian culture and heritage with local friends. I believe that theatre offers amazing opportunities to explore in an engaging way the Italian language and values.


  Valeria Ingo

I was born and raised in the small town of Alessandria Della Rocca in Western Sicily.  I have a masters degree in Euro-American Languages and Literature from the University of Palermo.  I met my husband, a Vancouverite, in 2012 while teaching Italian in the French city of Grenoble.  I quickly relocated with him to Vancouver and shortly thereafter began working at the Italian Cultural Centre.  I love coming up with interesting and novel ways to share the Italian language and culture with interested people.


Francesca Giancotta

I was born and raised in a small town in Calabria. After receiving my bachelor degree in Humanities at the University of Messina, I moved to Viterbo where I earned my specialization in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. I started teaching Italian in 2010 with a humanitarian organization in Italy, devoted to helping immigrants integrate. During this beautiful and informative experience, I decided to take the Ditals, a course for teaching Italian as a second language, that taught me new and modern teaching methods. I also lived in Granada, London and after in Dublin, where I worked as an Italian tutor and now here in Vancouver, where I’ve been teaching at Il Centro since February 2016. I love teaching and I think that a communicative approach, engaging activities and elements of Italian culture are essential parts of every class.