Each lesson from the early years of the Smiling International School is led by a team of qualified teachers. They work together to create a stimulating environment for children, both in Italian and in English. In this international context, language and autonomy are fundamental. Our teachers come from Italy, Great Britain, Canada and America, which promote bilingual language development. The children are immersed in a world where Italian and English language teachers work together to create a harmonious atmosphere. Our children develop curiosity in ways of communicating, initially using gestures and then progressing in speaking. Our school is enriched by pupils from all over the world, who allow them to develop international and intercultural friendships.

Parent / Teacher meeting times 2019 – 2020

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 Early Years team

Deborah Ascani


Started at Smiling October 2017.

“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

Started at Smiling in November 2014.

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

Started at Smiling in June 2010.

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

Started at Smiling in 2016.

The thing I love most about this job is the daily bond you create with children and also seeing their progress.”

Beatrice Colombani

Started at Smiling in 2008.

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

Started at Smiling in 2013.

“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

Started at Smiling in 2012.

“I love the learning journey which we take together with the children. It is emotional, exciting and full of satisfaction.”

Federica Lattuga

Started at Smiling in 2013

“I love working and being with children. I enjoy discovering their different personalities and contributing to their development.”

Chiara Mascellani

Started at Smiling in 2000.

“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

Started at Smiling in 2015.

“I love to challenge myself and relate to children and families from different cultures.”

Erika Ongaro

Started at Smiling in 2012.

“I like my job because children remind me every day to laugh, imagine and create!” 

Lucia Quadraruopolo

Started at Smiling in 2017.

“I love working with kids because every day is a discovery. I enjoy helping them learn about themselves and the world around them. Seeing them progress as they grow is very rewarding.”

Barbara Tumiati

Started at Smiling in 2012.

“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


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 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

Started at Smiling in 2012.

“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

Started at Smiling in 2008

“My favourite part of my job is reading and interpreting the emotions of the children.”