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Our Board

Immediate Past President 

Gina Gallo

Gina Gallo believes that language teachers are superhumans who make the world a better, brighter, and more compassionate place. Gina is a proud SCSU alumna and Italian teacher at Bristol Central High School. She is currently enrolled in an amazing Italian Literacy and Cultural Studies program at UCONN. Gina is a lifelong learner of Italian, a Latin newbie, and a lover of Spanish. Gina's goal is to maintain and grow Italian programs across the state.


Lorena Snell

Lorena has been an Italian teacher at Shelton High School for 15 years. She is the Advisor of the SHS Italian Club and co-founder of "La Casa Italiana" Summer Italian Camp. Her love for the Italian culture and language started at home with her Italian-born parents. She loves sharing her personal experiences and family stories with her students. These moments help keep her connected to her     ancestors and allows her to educate her students with her first-hand, real-life experiences. Lorena hopes that all of her students will be able to appreciate and love Italian culture as her heart does.

Vice President

Carla DeStefanis

 Carla Destefanis is an Italian teacher of 11 years. Currently teaching at North   Haven High School, she is also the co-advisor of the Italian Club. A daughter of two language teachers, she has the lessons she learned in her youth to spark her passion for not only the languages but the cultures of the world. 


Louisa D'Amore

 Louisa has been an Italian teacher at Staples High School in Westport since 2007.   After graduating from college, she followed her heart and moved to Italy for 7 years, splitting her time between Roma, Firenze and Sorrento. Louisa is the advisor for the Circolo Italiano at SHS and has been collaborating with Centro la Tenda, a community center for at-risk children in Napoli, since 2006. Louisa is an advocate of world language studies and believes that acquiring a second language is the cornerstone to future international relations and creating well-rounded and worldly young adults. 

COLT Representative

Katharine Tavera Collins

 Kate is an Italian teacher at Southington High School and is the Assistant Department Leader of the World Language Department at SHS, the co-advisor of Italian Club and Italian National Honors Society and is involved in many more school activities! Kate is dedicated to promoting a passion for the Italian language and culture, instilling a love of learning and helping students to become global   citizens. 


Jamie Roxas 

Jamie is an Italian teacher at Torrington Middle School. When Jamie isn't wearing crazy costumes and creating lessons full of movement to engage her middle schoolers, she is a graduate student working on a M.A. in Romance Languages at SCSU. Jamie strives to teach Italian language through the lens of culture because she believes that students gain the power of compassion and empathy when they learn about others. Jamie makes sure to support her students beyond the classroom at football games, musicals, concerts, and more. She also runs the Pride & Allies club at TMS to promote inclusivity and form a positive community that highlights that differences are what bring us together. 

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