The second episode of "Letters to Italy" by Sara Marinelli features Valentina Imbeni, founder and head of La Scuola International, an Italian-American school in San Francisco fostering the Reggio Emilia's approach to education. Valentina grew up in Bologna, and has lived in the Bay Area for twenty years.
La Scuola is one of the few schools in San Francisco that offered in-person classes after the first wave of the pandemic. Valentina shares the challenges and efforts to keep the school open, and recounts of her connection to Italy during the peak of the crisis.
Producer/Editor: Sara Marinelli
Mixing consultant: Rebecca Seidel
Sound design: Sara Marinelli
Intro and outro music: “Hopeful Motivation” - James Yan
Website for Sara Marinelli: www.saramarinelli.com
Website for La Scuola: www.lascuolasf.org
This series was made possible thanks to the support of COMITES of San Francisco and the Italian Consulate of San Francisco, with funding from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.