Smiling High School’s teaching staff are passionate about their profession. They are rigorously selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • In-depth knowledge of the subject they teach
  • Language skills
  • An ability to motivate students and build a genuine relationship with them

Teachers work together to nurture students’ talents based on the principles of cooperative learning. Our interdisciplinary approach means that all teachers collaborate while devising their own syllabus. This ensures a link between subjects, providing a holistic attitude to learning; a necessity in today’s connected world.

Parent-Teacher Meetings 2019-2020

Appointments last 10-15 minutes each.  Email to book.

Teacher Subject Classes Day Time
Ian Browne English advanced 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Monday 10.30-11.25
Business studies 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th
Cecilia Bucci Critical thinking, Geography, History, Philosophy CT, GeoHistory 9th, 10th History and Philosophy 11th, 12th, 13th Thursday 10:30-11:25
Patrizia Cani Chinese 10th 11th, 12th, 13th Thursday 11:30-12:20
Juan Manuel Criado Rodriguez Spanish language and culture 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Thursday 11:30-12:20
Rebecca Gilson English language and culture 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Wednesday 09:20-10:15
Luisa Giusti
Gym 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Tuesday 11:25-12:20
Laura Lunghi Science 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Wednesday 14:15-15:10
Monica Mancini Maths, Physics 11th, 12th, 13th Wednesday 10:30-11:25
Francesca Marti Art 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Monday 14:15-15:10
Francesco Massari ICT 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Wednesday  12:20-13:20
Eleonora Morelli English literature 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Tuesday 14:15-15:10
Michele Pancera Maths, Physics 9th,10th Friday 11:25-12:20
Barbara Pizzo Italian 11th, 12th, 13th Tuesday 14:15-15:10
Sofia Scattini
Chinese 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Wednesday 10:30-11:25
Cecilia Vicentini Italian, Latin 9th, 10th Friday 15:10-16:10
Maria Zangoni
Spanish 9th Monday 11:30-12:20
Giada Zerbini
Italian L2 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Tuesday 14:15-15:10

Our Team

Ian Browne


Started at Smiling in 2012
Position: DT Business teacher in Secondary School, business studies and Cambridge Advanced English teacher in High School

“I love the students’ enthusiasm to obtain new skills and knowledge that will assist them in succeeding in a competitive and globalised environment.”

Cecilia Bucci


Started at Smiling in 2018
Position: History, geography and PHSE teacher in Secondary School and history, philosophy and critical thinking teacher in High School

“I love working together with my students to improve our knowledge and our critical approach. What I love most is when they get really enthusiastic about a topic and get so involved that you learn from them while they learn from you.”

Patrizia Cani


Started at Smiling in 2016
Position: Chinese teacher

“I love being in contact with children, their curiosity and their receptiveness. I like this job because it’s extremely creative and rewarding.”

Juan Manuel Criado Rodríguez


Started at Smiling in 2016
Position: Spanish Literature teacher

“What I like the most is to be a part of the students’ path at a crucial stage of their lives.”

Rebecca Gilson


Started at Smiling in 2008.
Position: English language teacher

“I enjoy the challenge of trying to keep curiosity alive and motivating students to start taking responsibility for their own learning.”

Susana Guillem Gilabert


Started at Smiling in 2018.
Position: Spanish teacher 

“What I like the most about teaching is the students’ curiosity and their lively approach to learning. Seeing their happy faces when they communicate in a new language gives me great satisfaction.”

Laura Lunghi


Started working at Smiling in 2016
Position: Science teacher

“I like being with the students and witnessing how those from different countries can become part of the group.  I like thinking that I can help making this happen every day.”

Monica Mancini


Started at Smiling in 2015
Position: Maths and Physics teacher

“I have the privilege of being a part of the wonderful growth process of my students,; young boys and girls who will become citizens of the world.”

Francesca Marti


Started at Smiling in 2016
Position: Art teacher

“I really enjoy exploring different art themes and topics with my students, while at the same time encouraging critical analysis. I am inspired by their creativity and imaginative views.”

Francesco Massari


Started at Smiling in 2015
Position: ICT teacher

“I love my job: I want students to fall in love with what I’m teaching. I like to see them grow and become curious and independent men and women.”

Eleonora Morelli


Started at Smiling in 2016
Position: English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher

“What I’ve always liked about this job is seeing the expression on the students’ faces when something clicks in their head, and they start making connections. Constantly reinventing myself and researching new strategies to reach every student is crucial and is a never-ending learning process. It’s a challenge worth taking.”

Michele Pancera


Started working at Smiling in 2017.
Position: Maths and physics teacher

“Teaching physics, mathematics and technical drawing is a contribution to the formation of a free and rational approach to problems… not only at school. So what I like the most about this job is the way I can contribute to make the future of our students a better one.”

Cecilia Vicentini

Cecilia Vicentini (2)

Started working at Smiling in 2017
Position: Italian teacher

“​I like to see the students’ smiling faces when they have done a good job!”

Giada Zerbini


Started at Smiling in 2015
Position: Italian teacher

“​I love that my job allows real reciprocity, because teachers and students are ​growing and learning from one other.”