Middle School Teachers


I am a Maths and Science teacher. I have a degree in Biology with a specialization in Ecology from the University of Rome La Sapienza. After graduating, I worked with an international organization that deals with food security and sustainable agriculture in developing countries. I continued my academic career at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, and I got my PhD in Agrobioscience, studying the consequences of climate change on agricultural systems in Ethiopia. Since 2014 I have been working as a Maths and Science teacher. I completed my studies by participating in courses necessary for teaching, including work in the areas of pedagogy, psychology, anthropology and teaching methodology. I also attended the specialized Montessori training for secondary school teachers


Hello everyone, my name is Ekaterina Zarechnaya. I am the music education teacher. I graduated from the Moscow Music Academy in Russia and for many years worked as an opera singer and music teacher. I have worked with some acclaimed musicians and have participated in great theater events all across Europe. The course that I currently teach here at Benedetto XV to the middle school students covers various aspects of musical education, from the history of music and discovering the modern genres to the fundamentals of solfeggio and playing musical instruments. The objective of the course is to help students learn to understand and appreciate the art of music.


I was born in Italy but spent most of my childhood and adolescence in Grenoble in the Rhône-Alpes region in France, later continuing my education in Italy. I studied and received my Bachelor’s and Master ‘s degrees in Modern Languages for International Communication and Cooperation with honours from Roma Tre University with specialization in French and Arabic. I won a scholarship to study French and Arabic linguistic translation in the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. I subtitled many short films from Italian to French for “Les rencontres du cinéma Italien à Grenoble et en Isère” organised by Dolce Cinema Association. I also worked for the childcare division of the European Space Agency (ESA-ESRIN) where I taught Italian and English to French mother-tongue students. I taught English language in ITAP Europa Unita for 2 years and now I am here at Benedetto XV International School. I teach Italian and French to Middle School students, Geography in Year 4 and Italian in Year 6.


I was born in Odessa (Ukraine) and was extremely lucky to travel and live in many countries around the world. I studied Modern Languages at Grand McEwan Community College (Edmonton, Canada), Heinrich Heine Universitaet (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Università per Stranieri (Perugia, Italy). I obtained an equivalency diploma as well as 24CFU at Tor Vergata University in 2015. My interests lie mainly in the world of History and Anthropology. I am keen on all kinds of sports, especially Yoga and Pilates. I love travelling and encountering new cultures. I have been working at Benedetto XV International since 2018 and what I am most proud of is the relationships I can build with the students over time and the sense of belonging the students have for our big family. Every day at Benedetto XV is different and it’s impossible not to have a great day when you have such a strong team and unique students surrounding you.