Teaching is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work, and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach a variety of courses and be successful in the classroom. The years of teaching I spent teaching at the university level have been very formative for me. I taught as a course instructor and teaching assistant for eight years at York University in Toronto, Canada. York is one of the most culturally diverse universities in North America, where faculty and students of different faiths and backgrounds meet and collaborate. I am fortunate to have taught and mentored students in an environment that allowed me to experience firsthand all the challenges posed by our globalized world, as well as seize the new opportunities that come with it. I am completing my Ph.D. in Biblical Exegesis in the Department of History at York University (Toronto, Canada). My academic credentials include a MA in History from York University. I have a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a BA in Classics from Tor Vergata University in Rome. In 2009-10, I worked on an MA in Philosophy at the Pontifical Urban University and completed about half of that program when I decided that I wanted to pursue a degree in Biblical Studies and, to that end, enter into a Ph.D. program. I have extensive linguistic and theoretical expertise in the exegesis of biblical texts, in particular prophetic texts. I studied Biblical Hebrew for many years, Akkadian for two years, at the University of Toronto (Canada), and Aramaic. I also have a solid academic background in the history of ancient Israel and the Ancient Near East, combined with an extensive teaching record on the history of the world's religions and Greek and Jewish Literature. Among the learning objectives of my classes are the following: Providing students with an understanding of the key subjects and issues in history or religion. Analyze and discuss significant historical and religious subjects and issues as they relate to the modern world. Students usually come from a wide variety of social backgrounds and have a range of knowledge and skillsets, depending on their prior academic experience. To provide context and discussing particular subjects, I structure tasks in my course to meet students' different growth areas without assuming too much about their knowledge level. To scaffold assignments is an effective way to bring students up to speed who may need assistance acquiring background information and familiarize themselves with methods. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Rome Tor Vergata - Bachelor in Arts, Classics
Graduate Degree: York University Toronto Canada - Master of Arts, History
I enjoy traveling and reading novels, especially those by J. R. R. Tolkien and Fyodor Dostoevsky. I adore visual art and enjoy visiting both ancient and modern museums. I enjoy learning new languages and even making up my own. I might call myself a "conglanger" because I invented three languages in college. Conglanger is a term that refers to someone who builds a language with planned and unified phonological, grammatical, and syntactical structures for human communication. Consider the Elvish language from Lord of the Rings! I enjoy developing new languages and discussing them with those who share my passion. I adore my husband, Jeff, and our Chihuahua, Hugo. I am excited to hear about your hobbies and cultural interests!