OUR STAFF

Matilde Vavassori

Oak Tree Homeroom Educator

Italian

I began my work experience in the educational field at the children’s museum in Milan. I had the opportunity to dedicate myself to the Remida workshops and the play-exhibitions which created this need to have continuity with children and therefore enter the educational field. I started with a nursery experience at nidoscuola eni06, a Reggio Approach school, and then moved to Monza before the school was a GIS school and never left! I now teach the 2-3 year-olds section!

“A creative child is a happy child.”Bruno Munari

At GIS Monza since August 2020.

Claire Wroe

Oak Tree Co-Educator & Librarian

British

Over 25 years of experience of teaching English to students of all ages in Italy.  Part-time Professor of English Didactic Workshops for future Primary School teachers attending the Scienze della Formazione Department at the University of Bicocca, Milan, since 2015. 

“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.” Jane Austen, Persuasion 

At GIS Monza since October 2020.

Kasia Krohn

Oak Tree Part-Time Educator & IB Consultant for GIS Monza

Polish/British

Over thirty years of experience of working as a teacher, leader and a counsellor/therapist for children at IB schools in countries such as the United Kingdom, Russia, Norway, Poland, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland. I strongly believe in the holistic development of the child. Children learn in many different ways, express their inner worlds in many unique ways and develop individually.

“Play is the work of childhood.” Jean Piaget

At GIS Monza since 2020.

Alice Zardoni

Maple Tree Homeroom Educator

Italian

Over 10 years’ experience in education in Italy, England and the United States. After graduating in Italy and having gained experience in bilingual schools in Italy and private schools in England, I moved to Miami where I obtained my qualifications and worked as a teacher and director in Florida. When I returned to Italy, I deepened my knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach through experience with direct consultancy from Reggio Children and started the IB training course.

“Creativitybecomesmorevisible when adults try to be more attentive to the cognitive processes of children than to the results they achieve in various fields of doing and understanding.”Loris Malaguzzi 

At GIS Monza since August 2020.

Leon Hutchison

Maple Tree Co-Educator & Librarian

British

8 years’ experience in varying assistant roles in IB schools: classroom/teaching assistant, Learning Support assistant, library assistant. I am also a sound engineer and ran GIGGED – a Nottingham based music magazine and live events company.

“Ask ‘How will they learn best?’ not ‘Can they learn?’” Jaime Escalante 

At GIS Monza since July 2021.

Simon Bamping

Ash Tree Homeroom Educator & Forest School Specialist

British

Over 15 years’ experience teaching in the United Kingdom, Egypt, and Italy as well as experience as an outdoor instructor, Forest School practitioner and children’s rock-climbing instructor. Moved to Italy in December 2018 to work in the Primary Years Programme of the IB.

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” Socrates 

At GIS Monza since 2021.

Francesca Biancat

Atelierista & Visual Arts and Drama Educator

Italian

Since my graduation in Performing Arts, I started teaching Theatre Arts to children and teenagers, running a small theatre in Rome, directing performances, and working as a head teacher for Gymboree Play & Music. I moved to Monza in 2017.

“Tree   

the very slow explosion   

of a seed ”

Bruno Munari 

At GIS Monza since August 2020.

Alessandra Chiesura

Music Specialist Educator

Italian

I am a professional singer and an early years and primary years music teacher for children in several schools. I graduated the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. I believe being able to combine my musical activity as a singer and as a teacher is a great privilege for me because it allows me to experience multiple facets that make up the world of music, and to be able to view it through the eyes of children. Music can also be a game and this is a very important aspect of our lessons. I also think that children’s musical culture should be nurtured, cared for, and enriched and that is why together we explore various musical genres and discover the great bands of history.

“I believe the children are our future

Teach them well and let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty they possess inside”

Whitney Houston

At GIS Monza since 2020.

Giulia Brianzi

Physical Education & Dance Educator

British/Italian

Since 1990 I have been a modern, hip hop, tap teacher in the dancing Association founded by my mother in 1980 (ASD The Rose Dance Cermenate/Mirabello di Cantù), who grew up at London’s Royal Ballet.

“Imparare a camminare ti rende libero. 

Imparare a danzare ti dà la libertà più grande di tutte: 

Esprimere con tutto il tuo essere la persona che sei.”

Melissa Hayden

At GIS Monza since 2021.

Renee Chia Ling Chiang

Yoga & Mandarin Educator

Taiwanese/Italian

Following my studies in 2002, I arrived in Italy and have been living here since then. I worked as an interpreter in a multinational manufacturer and as a Gemologist in a boutique in Milan. I have been a yogi since I was little and started to hold yoga private lessons for children 2 years ago. I am trained to be a qualified Children’s Yoga and Mandarin for second language teacher.

“Money comes from Giving  

Happiness comes from being Kind  

Beauty comes from Patience  

Leadership comes from Enjoying your Work  

Peace comes from Meditation  

Freedom comes from Wisdom  

And Love accomplishes all these Goals ”

Arya Nagarjuna

At GIS Monza since September 2021.

Valentina Meschi

Italian Specialist Educator

Italian

Pedagogist with 5 years’ teaching experience in Italy promoting educational projects in primary and secondary schools.

“Ci sono altezze che si vedono 

solo dal basso”

A. Casiraghy

At GIS Monza since 2020.

Jane Whittle

Principal & PYP Coordinator

British

Educator in England and Italy for 17 years teaching in UK primary schools and IB schools in the PYP and MYP in Italy. Author of a number of books for teachers such as Back2Front the Americas and Everyday Guide to Primary Geography:Story. Passionate about outdoor learning and research in the geography field. Member of the Editorial Collective for the Primary Geography Journal editing editions on play, the concept of change and the value of talk.

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” Sir Ken Robinson

At GIS Monza since July 2021.

Federica Costantino

Front Office Manager

Italian

13 years’ experience in education, from nursery all the way to primary school. I started as an educator, moved up to coordinator and finally as owner of a nursery school. I now work in education as Front Office Manager and Operations.

“Tutti i grandi sono stati piccoli, ma pochi di essi se ne ricordano.” Il Piccolo Principe

At GIS Monza since August 2020.

Francesca Consonni

Admissions and Marketing Manager

British/Italian

I graduated Regents University London with a degree in International Business Management & French. I have 4 years of experience in marketing and social media management and am an IB graduate myself, so I am very passionate about the programmes and familiar with the IB experience from a student’s perspective.

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” C.S. Lewis

At GIS Monza since August 2020.

Maria Bondì

Caretaker

Italian

Mother of four! Thanks to my work experience in nurseries and preschools as a school worker and canteen assistant over the past 10 years, I have acquired the skills to manage the relationships and needs of children in various non-educational areas. I continue to cultivate my interests in psychology, and physical and mental well-being, thanks to which I continue to develop a strong empathic capacity with children, colleagues and parents. 

“Non si vede bene che col cuore, l’essenziale è invisibile agli occhi.” Il Piccolo Principe

At GIS Monza since August 2020.

* GIS The International School of Monza is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate® can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).

Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Via Federico Confalonieri, 18 – 20900 Monza (MB)
Phone:+39 039.2287034
E-mail: admissions@gisschoolmonza.it
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