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Diploma Programme

Denora Vitangelo Carlo Maria
Vitangelo Carlo Maria Denora SJ
ISP Director

01 Tarolla Vicky [ISP Principal]
Vicky Tarolla
ISP Principal

Vantaggiato Lorenzo
Lorenzo Emmanuele Vantaggiato
DP Coordinator

Ambrosini Mirta Oriani
(Economics and Business Management)

Ms Oriani Ambrosini recently relocated from the UK to join ISP in Palermo, she started the Teaching of Business Management and Theory of Knowledge for the Diploma Programe early November 2021. She is a a multifaceted professional, with a background in the Media industry covering managerial positions. She travelled and worked extensively in Europe and matured a sound knowledge on managing profit companies. Her business approach to work then swifted to a more humanistic outlook. Strongly believing in the effectiveness of lifelong learning she studied as a Life Coach and made research on how to motivate students in their learning. She then outlined a new approach on Academic Coaching and published a book on the topic. She gained Teaching experience in both Italy and in the UK and worked as an online Tutor and Mentor for UK mainstream schools during lockdown. Her Academic background lists a French Baccalaureate degree obtained in Rome, a BA (Hons) 2:1 in Business Management(University La Sapienza of Rome), a Master in Linguistics Mediation 2:1 ( (University of Genoa) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Bath Spa University, UK).

Passionate by the study of Language, she is fluent in four languages, bilingual with French and Italian, she works as a translator for the UK National Health Service.

Buxton Ian John
Buxton Ian
(Mathematics Analysis and approaches HL and SL)

I have been a maths teacher for 30 years, mostly as head of maths in various English schools. I was happy to see students achieve really well every year and achieve their goals to go on and use mathematics in their workplace. Since 2017 I have been working internationally first in Vietnam and the Oman. I have a love of mathematics that I hope transmits into enthusiastic students and success for all.

Collins Gary
Collins Gary
(TOK and Extended essay)

I am from Belfast in Northern Ireland. I gained a degree in Modern History from the Queen’s University Belfast and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Strathclyde. I have 20 years experience of teaching History and the Theory of Knowledge  in schools in both London and Milan. I am a keen runner and I am also interested in following the world of football and rugby.

Griffiths Daniel
Griffiths Daniel
(English A Language and literature HL and SL - and English B)

I’m Daniel Griffiths. I have been teaching English language and literature for many years, both in the UK and in international schools abroad. In my free time I enjoy music, art and sport.

Sono appena ritornata dalla Cina dove ho insegnato arte a studenti di età fino ai 18 anni. I miei studi universitari e le mie qualifiche di insegnamento sono in teatro e geografia, sebbene abbia anche esperienze di insegnamento in inglese, scienze umane e arte nel liceo. Il mio obiettivo principale è aiutare ad aumentare la comprensione del mondo e delle comunità intorno a noi e di riunirle in attività creative.

Pecoraro Stefania
Pecoraro Stefania
( Italian ab initio)

I’m Stefania Pecoraro, I graduated in Art with two years of pedagogical studies. I have worked in theatre and in television for several years. In England I worked in a Montessori school where I was the coordinator of special needs that inquired me to
learn sign language (BSL). I worked at ISM for nine years as a teacher in different grades. I love art, theater and cinema. I’m a positive person who is always open to new challenges.

Robba Lavinia
Robba Lavinia
(Biology, Chemistry)

Lavinia was born in Palermo where she raised speaking Italian and English. Her passion for Sciences brought her to graduate with honours in Biological Sciences and to a PhD with a combined project between Palermo University and the Natural History Museum in London U.K., where she developed a number of skills and techniques in sciences. She also started teaching to undergraduates and master course students and was involved in UK teachers’ development courses. She then settled in London working for several years as a researcher at the Natural History Museum. Lavinia moved back to Palermo in December 2010. In 2015 she worked for a few months as a Math and Science Teacher at ISP. In 2016 she acquired her IELTS language qualification certificate.

Romeo Maria Veronica
Romeo Maria Veronica
(Italian A Language and literature HL and SL and Italian B)

Sono Veronica Romeo, dopo aver concluso la scuola di specializzazione in didattica dell’italiano, ho insegnato lingua e cultura italiana prevalentemente all’estero. Recentemente ho lavorato presso il Dipartimento di Linguistica e Letteratura italiana di Saigon e presso la University of Languages and International Studies di Hanoi e la Hanoi Foreign Language Specialized School. Rientrata in Italia da poco, ho insegnato lingua italiana e cultura italiana alla Scuola Germanica di Roma.
Amo la lettura, le lingue straniere, la fotografia e il cinema.
Saidi Adefolabi Jagun

Mathematics teacher/specialist with vast experience within the area of mathematics and 6 years experience of teaching mathematics in the United Kingdom. Mathematics degree (BSc with Honours) and PGCE (11-18 years old) in mathematics certificate holder. Hobbies includes playing tennis and enjoys most genres of music.

Seeno Richard Bruce
Seeno Richard
(University counseling and academic writing)

Born and raised in California, Mr. Seeno’s educational background is in language, literature, and translation studies. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from New York University, where he spent two of his four years studying at the university’s satellite campus in Florence, Italy. He then obtained his master’s degree from St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, specializing in Italian and Arabic. Some of Mr. Seeno’s academic interests range from multilingual literature to mystery fiction. Mr. Seeno has also spent a considerable amount of time in the Arab world, having studied in Morocco, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Seeno has spent several years as a language tutor and translator. He has taught both Italian and Arabic to English speakers. As a translator, he has collaborated on projects with various organizations such as Associazione Autismo Firenze and institutions such as the Università di Firenze.

Vantaggiato Lorenzo
Vantaggiato Lorenzo Emmanuele

Italian-born but bred in a number of places, Mr Lorenzo has taught at a few international schools, in Milan and abroad, before joining ISP in 2018. His association with the IB dates back to 1988, when he graduated from United World College of the Adriatic (an IB World School). An economist by formation, Mr Lorenzo holds a BA in Industrial and Labour Economics from Bocconi University and a Master’s in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University (which he attended on a Fulbright scholarship). He collaborates regularly with Oxford Study Courses, teaching English in the pre-IB summer course in Oxford. Since 2006, Mr Lorenzo has served as an IB English B examiner (Paper Two, Paper One, Extended Essay and Internal Assessment), as well as a workshop leader since 2009 with both IBEN (International Baccalaureate Educators’ Network) and various other providers. A trained singer, in 2009 he was briefly seen on the Italian edition of X-Factor. In 2017, he also appeared on a famous quiz show on Italian television. In 2020, he is very happy to start acting school, as well as the newly authorized Diploma Programme as a coordinator.