Each Primary class at Smiling International School is led by a team of qualified teachers. They work together to create stimulating lessons for the children in both Italian and English. In such an international environment, language and autonomy skills are crucial. Our school is enriched with pupils from around the world, allowing them to develop international and intercultural friendships.

Parent-Teacher Meetings 2020-2021

Appointments last 15 minutes each. You can book by e-mailing admin@smilingservice.it for 1st and 2nd grade, info@smilingservice.it for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.

Teacher Day Time
Giulia Bottura
Angela Barioni
Elena Berveglieri TBC TBC
Lee Browne
Paola Cirelli
Roy Davison
Chiara degli Esposti
Karli Drinkwater TBC TBC
Marzia Filippini
Andrew Findlater TBC TBC
Naomi Deegan TBC TBC
Giulia Folli TBC TBC
Elisa Mori TBC TBC
Bernadette Piskolti
Giulia Scabbia TBC TBC

Our Primary Team


Angela Barioni


Started at Smiling in 2012
Position: Italian teacher and Primary coordinator

“I love working with children and encouraging their curiosity. I like to see how they grow up and their enthusiasm to learn is the best reward I can get!”


Margherita Balestra

Started at Smiling in 2013
Position: Italian teacher

“What I like the most about my job is to see children happy and enthusiastic to learn. I like standing by their side, encouraging their curiosity and to leave a mark in their minds and hearts.”


Elena Berveglieri

Started at smiling in 2017
Position: Italian teacher

“I love to see how every child choose his own path and grows. I like to see how they develop their own personalities and interests, inspiring me with their imagination and creativity.”


Giulia Bottura

Started at smiling in 2016. 
Position: Italian as a foreign language teacher

“I love my job! I love speaking to children, creating  projects with them, seeing their imagination in action and knowing different cultures and traditions from foreign students.”


Shirley Louise Browne

Started at Smiling in 2010
Position: English, maths, science, ICT, art and gym teacher

“I love the freedom to be creative and to teach through a variety of methods.  The children at Smiling are very bright and extremely enthusiastic and that inspires me which, I hope, leads me to inspire them in return. We have a lot of fun learning together.”


Maria Paola Cirelli

Started at Smiling in 2008
Position: Italian teacher

“Teaching is a wonderful job. What I love most about it is the constant search for new ways and strategies to be able to provide the best educational opportunities to all children.”


Roy Frederick Davison

Started at Smiling since 2013
Position: Music teacher

“The thing I love about teaching is seeing children enjoy learning and helping them understand and appreciate every form of music. In this school my dream is possible and I love my job.”


Naomi Rachel Deegan

Started at Smiling in 2014
Position: Class teacher in all subjects, except Chinese and Italian.

“The thing I like most is helping the children to grow into excellent learners, who want to discover, explore and become independent.”


Chiara degli Esposti

Started at Smiling in 2012
Position: English teacher

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”

Andrew Findlater

Andrew Findlater

Started at Smiling in 2018
Position: Maths, History, Geography and ICT teacher

“I love learning new information and skills – especially mathematical concepts and historical periods – that I can share with my students.”


Giulia Folli

Started at Smiling in 2014

Position: Class teacher

“What I like most about my job is helping all children to grow and see how they improve.”


Stefan Maben Green

Started at Smiling in 2012
Position: Gym teacher

“Helping children learn about their abilities and overcome their obstacles.”


Polina Ivanova

Started at Smiling in 2015

Position: Class teacher

“I love teaching because it is about building trusting relationships with the students. Every day is different and every child is unique. I enjoy the time I get to spend in the classroom.”

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Elisa Mori

Started at Smiling in 2010
Position: Primary teacher and Key Stage 1 coordinator

“I love how curious and eager the children are to learn. Their enthusiasm motivates me to always find new teaching methods to satisfy their learning needs.”

Bernadett Piskolti

Bernadette Piskolti

Started at Smiling in 2017
Position: Art teacher

“Besides the open-mindedness of students, I like the friendly atmosphere and seeing my colleagues’ great enthusiasm for teaching.”


Giulia Scabbia

Started at Smiling in 2011

Position: Class teacher

“What I like most about my job is that every day is very different, there is no day like another.”


Joanita Stander

Started at Smiling in 2014

Position: Class teacher

“Being a teacher, I get the opportunity to make a difference in the world every day, by touching the lives of my students and relating to them. I feel proud to see how my students become wiser and not only learn what I teach, but also apply the knowledge in their day to day lives.”

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Karli Drinkwater

Started at Smiling in 2019

Position: Geography, History, ICT and English Library teacher.

“Seeing children grow and transform is a privilege. I love helping them to embrace new challenges and to become responsible citizens of the world.”