Each Early Years class at Smiling International School is followed by a team of qualified teachers. The teachers work together as a team to create stimulating didactical opportunities for the children, in both Italian and English. Specific language activities are planned to develop both Italian and English. In such an international context, language and autonomy skills are emphasized: The development of languages, firstly non verbal and later on spoken, is stimulated through the presence of teachers coming from Italy, Great Britain, Canada and America. The children are immersed in a world where Italian and English speaking teachers work together to create a harmonious atmosphere in which the children can develop curiosity towards different ways of communicating, using gestures at first and then progressing onto production of the spoken word. The presence of foreign students in the school enriches this concept as children develop relationships with peers from other parts of the world.

Parent/Teacher meeting times 2019-20

Appointments last 15 minutes each. You can book an appointment by speaking to the Office directly, telephoning or emailing them at: admin@smilingservice.it

Teacher Class Day Time
Erika & Cecilia Happy Hedgehogs Thursday 13:30 – 14:30
Kim, Paola & Federica Busy Bees Monday 14:30 – 15:30
Chiara, Lucia & Beatrice Cool Caterpillars Wednesday 13:30 – 14:30
Barbara & Maria Angelica Lively Butterflies Friday 13:00  – 14:00
Philippa & Barbara Bubbly Butterflies Wednesday 13:00 – 14:00
Roy Music Thursday 11:00 – 11:30
Philippa Waterhouse & Deborah Ascani Coordinators Tuesday 11:00 – 12:00

Our team

Deborah Ascani

Coordinator

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When did you start working at Smiling?
I’ve been working at Smiling since October 2017.
What do you like most about your job?
I love my job because I work in a very welcoming environment, full of rich stimuli which enable the children to develop their own artistic skills. I love accompanying them on their journey of emotions and self-discovery and helping them to express themselves through art and creative activities. Each child has a wonderful world inside them waiting to flourish and become a unique and special individual.

Kim Marie Brewster

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When did you start working at Smiling? I started working at Smiling in November 2014.

What do you like most about your job? I fell in love with Smiling when I was a student here in 2000 and always knew I wanted to work here someday. What I love most about my job is the enthusiasm, trust and joy I see in the children’s eyes every day. Witnessing a child laugh and learn is a wonderful experience.

Laura Louise Bubola

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When did you start working at Smiling? I have worked at Smiling since June 2010. What do you like most about your job? The aspect of my job which I like the most is to spend precious time with the children, getting to know them and helping them to grow. .

Maria Angelica Casazza

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When did you start working at Smiling? I started working at Smiling in 2016. What do you like most about your job? The thing I love most about this job is the dalily bond you create with children and seeing their progress.

Beatrice Colombani

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When did you start working at Smiling? I’ve been working at Smiling since 2008. What do you like most about your job? I love the look of wonder in children’s eyes when I tell a story or do something creative and unexpected. I like encouraging them to use their hands to explore, working with them to develop their imagination and creativity. It is lovely to observe the children as they become autonomous and independent over time, and ready to face new adventures by themselves.  

Roy Frederick Davison

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When did you start working at Smiling? I have been working at Smiling since 2013. What do you like most about your job? My wish is to see each child learn to understand and appreciate different types of music and in this school, it allows me freedom to do this and make my wish come true.

Roberta Fogli

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When did you start working at Smiling? In January 2012. What do you like most about your job? I love the learning journey which we take together with the children. It is emotional, exciting and full of satisfactions.

Federica Lattuga

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When did you start working at Smiling? I’ve been working at Smiling since September 2013 What do you like most about your job? I love working and being with children. I enjoy discovering their different personalities and contributing to their development. .

Chiara Mascellani

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When did you start working at Smiling? I’ve been working at Smiling since 2000. What do you like most about your job? I really like everything about my job. I like listening to the children, understanding their characters and helping them develop their skills. I always try to create an environment that makes them feel at ease, where can grow together, make new discoveries, share thoughts. In our school we work with children of different nationalities and it is amazing to see how quickly they find ways to communicate with each other. The kids are amazing!

Cecilia Masina

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When did you start working at Smiling? Since 2015. What do you like most about your job? I love to challenge myself and relate to children and families from different cultural environments.

Erika Ongaro

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When did you start working at Smiling? I started in 2012. What do you like most about your job? I like my job because children remind me every day not to forget to laugh, imagine and create! 

Lucia Quadraruopolo

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When did you start working at Smiling? 2017 will be my first school year at Smiling. What do you like most about your job? I love working with kids because every day is a discovery. I enjoy helping them learn about themselves and the world around them, and seeing them progress as they grow is very rewarding.

Barbara Tumiati

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When did you start working at Smiling? In 2012. What do you like most about your job? I love working at this school because everything and everyone is always busy. My colleagues come from different cultural backgrounds and bring a variety of experiences which continuously enrich me too. I know I have something to learn even before I set foot in the classroom. The children are also full of surprises; they amaze and inspire me. To see them change and grow, day after day, is an enormous satisfaction. !

Philippa Waterhouse

Coordinator

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When did you start working at Smiling? Many years ago! What do you like most about your job? I love seeing the children grow and develop their own personalities over their time with us in Early Years. I find it fascinating how the children, at each age, acquire the different languages and I particularly enjoy helping them develop confidence in English. They never cease to amaze me! Smiling is a friendly and warm environment. It is a "buzzing" place of different nationalities, cultures and interesting people who all work together. I love my new role, which among many other things, helps reinforce this fun and friendly atmosphere.

Yan Wen

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When did you start working at Smiling? In 2012. What do you like most about your job? I like it because teaching is not simply about giving, but it is also about learning. I feel lucky because in today’s society, where lots of people work alone behind a computer, at school I get to communicate and interact with all the students, every day. .

Paola Zecchetti

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When did you start working at Smiling? I’ve been working at Smiling since 2008 What do you like most about your job? My favourite part of my job is reading and interpreting the emotions of the children. .