Italidea names first executive director

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Dottoressa Daniela Cavallero has been named the first executive director of Italidea Midwest.

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, Italidea-Midwest fosters the study of the Italian language and the promotion of Italian culture. The organization works in conjunction with the Chicago Italian Consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 10 Midwest states.

Cavallero is an adjunct professor of Italian in the Modern Languages Department at DePaul University and the president of Sentieri Italiani in Chicago. She has taught on the high school level in Italy as well as at other universities in the metropolitan area.

A native of Torino, Piemonte, Italia, Cavallero has written articles and produced publications on teaching the Italian language and culture to American students, presenting her research at numerous conferences, seminars and symposiums.

A member of the AP College Board Italian Language and Culture Reading, Cavallero has served as a vice president of the American Association of Teachers of Italian in North America. She has been involved with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ Oral Proficiency Committee and the Illinois State Board of Education’s licensure testing system for the Italian language and culture exam.

Cavallero has been involved in countless initiatives promoting the Italian language and culture, both in and out of the classroom, and will bring that expertise and experience to bear in her new position. Engaging the participation of Italian businesses and agencies in the activities of Italidea-Midwest is among her objectives.

— Cav. Lyn “Linda” Scolaro

About Lyn Scolaro

Professoressa Lyn Scolaro has been teaching Italian for 36 years, currently at Prospect High school and previously at Guerin High School). She holds a BA in Italian from Rosary College with a minor in Spanish, an MA from Roosevelt University and an MA from Aurora University. She is co-president of the American Association of Teachers of Italian-Midwest and K-12 vice president for AATI National, and serves on the Development Committee for the AP Italian Exam. Her AP Italian Class was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Frantoi Redoro in Grezzana (Verona) and her Italian 4 Honors class is working with the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago to create a visitor’s guide in Italian and in English. The JCCIA receent Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Humanitarian Award in Education.

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