CCI hires professionally trained and certified teachers with experience and expertise in their subject areas.  All of our teachers, with the exception of our Italian language teacher, who is certified in Italy, hold Ontario Teaching Certificates and are members of the Ontario College of Teachers.   

CCI teachers are devoted to meeting student needs beyond the classroom and contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school. Our teachers lead guided tours to the numerous museums on our school trips and these tours are directly related to the curriculum taught in the classroom.  

Additionally, teachers also alternate supervising mandatory study hall in the evening and are available in the morning, after announcements, to assist students with their studies before classes begin. Our teachers are very passionate about their subject and this tremendously enhances student learning.

The overall teacher to student ratio of one to ten ensures extensive individual attention is available for each student.

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Cavanaugh

Dr. Gordon Cavanaugh was born in Barrie, Ontario. Gord attended the University of Western Ontario where he earned a combined honours degree in English and History. He then went on to complete a Masters Degree in History. After learning about CCI, Gord was inspired to teach abroad. He earned his Bachelor of Education through York University and has been teaching internationally throughout his career. This includes positions held in Costa Rica, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Sweden. While working, Gord traveled extensively in Asia, Australia, and Europe. To this date, he has visited over 60 countries! Even with all of this travel, Gord (amazingly) found the time to complete a PhD in Education with the University of Nottingham specializing in Assessment and Evaluation. In January 2019, Gord accepted a position at CCI, and is now at the school that inspired him to become an international teacher so many years ago.

Ms. Jankowski

Heather Jankowski has joined our team from Ontario, where she has been teaching with the Toronto District School Board for nearly a decade. With the TDSB, Heather has gained extensive experience working in uniques schools that have focused on alternative approaches to learning. Heather is a graduate of McMaster University, where she earned a combined honours degree in English and History. She completed her Bachelor of Education through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where she is also currently working toward a Masters of Education. Outside of work, Heather enjoys travel, photography, and coffee! She is an avid runner, and is excited to share this activity with our students.

Mr. Knapp

Tim Knapp was keenly interested in history as a young student because of an inspirational teacher who had a knack for telling intriguing stories. After high school, however, he decided to enter the work force for several years and this led to many interesting employment experiences and the acquisition of incredible new skills. While attending Arizona State University, with the intention of becoming a history teacher, Tim was inspired to change path and pursue a teaching degree in Mathematics and Physics since he enjoyed those courses tremendously. He harbors the intention to someday return to university for post graduate studies in those disciplines. During his years as a student, Tim held a part time job at an indoor climbing gym which ignited a passion for technical rock climbing, a hobby that allowed him to enjoy many years of traveling to some of the most remote and beautiful cliffs in North America and Southeast Asia. After graduation in 2005, he started his teaching career at a high school in Phoenix Arizona. His love for travel and adventure encouraged him to accept work at an international school in San Jose and Costa Rica. Working in Central America offered him the opportunity to learn Spanish and practice surfing.  In 2008 he accepted a full time faculty position with Canadian College Italy and went on to acquire an Ontario Teaching Certificate to add to his International qualifications. Since then, he has enjoyed his time organizing and traveling on school trips around Italy and Europe. He has been extremely resourceful in organizing engaging physics activities for the entire school that were thoroughly enjoyed by all students. Recently he has been developing his gardening skills for his lovely new home on the outskirts of Lanciano and has taken an interest in computer programming. Tim Knapp is an extremely resourceful individual, with a keen sense of humour and unique skills acquired by his worldly adventures. The most wonderful part, however, of his time at CCI, was to have met and married Vittoria Tozzi, our Italian teacher.

Mr. Piscina

Roberto Piscina was born in Montréal, Québec and holds B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a M.A in German. Mr. Piscina first starting working as a research assistant with the Ayerst Laboratories-pharmaceutical company, and the Montreal Children’s Hospital/McGill University. This pharmaceutical research position involved analysing possible new drug combinations for the treatment of hypertension. The latter research position at MCH and McGill involved research on Insulin-Like Growth Factors. In both these positions, he had the opportunity to work with many pleasant and dedicated researchers as well as gain a better understanding of what the research process entails. He later became a high school teacher and joined the Carlton School Board. This profession afforded him the opportunity to teach overseas with  AFNorth International School  in The Netherlands before becoming a member of the faculty at Canadian College Italy in 2017.  He has taught Sciences and Mathematics for the most part of his career, and on occasion, Spanish, French, and German as well. Mr. Piscina enjoys teaching, playing drums and listening to all types of music.  He takes great pleasure in studying the different sounds and different grammatical structures in many languages and hence is fluent in English, French, Italian, and German.

Ms. Tozzi

Vittoria Tozzi currently teaches Italian Language /Culture and Philosophy at CCI. A native of Lanciano, Ms Tozzi, attended a local High School where she first discovered her love for Humanities. She later moved to the region of Umbria to complete her studies at the  “Università degli Studi” in Perugia, where she obtained a degree in History and Philosophy.  Her main focus of study was the Scientific Revolution that occurred during the time of the Renaissance. She continued her studies, at the same University, acquiring a Specialist Degree in Philosophy and Contemporary Art. Fueled by her strong passion for Art History, Ms.Tozzi accepted a position at the Barbella Museum in Chieti; this further inspired her to teach the many aspects of European Art and Culture. Staying true to her objectives, Ms. Tozzi obtained a Teaching Certificate for Italian language at the “Università per Stranieri di Siena” in Tuscany and as part of the teaching program, did her practicum  at Canadian College Italy. Initially she was employed as a Residence Don until a full time faculty position became available and she officially became CCI’s Italian language/Philosophy teacher. With her incredible depth of knowledge both in the Art world and in Italian culture, coupled with her poise and intellect, Ms . Tozzi has brilliantly led many guided tours for our students and contributes greatly to educating our entire community on Italian culture. 


Ms. Smith

Jessie Smith is CCI's Guidance Officer, who is enthusiastic about leading our students in their university applications and helping them achieve their future academic goals. Jessie is a native of Ontario, but has been living and working in Italy in the education and training field since 2013. She has experience teaching students of all ages and nationalities in private schools, multinational companies like Fater S.p.A (Procter & Gamble joint venture), and Italian public schools. She first obtained her BA in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, and then went on to complete a postgraduate degree in Human Resources Management from Humber College. During her undergraduate degree, she worked at the Accessible Learning Centre, tutoring and helping students with learning disabilities and specific school-related challenges. Jessie first started at CCI 2017 as a tutor and support teacher, working closely with students who needed extra assistance with the course load and organization. These positions were particularly well-suited for her because she is also an alumnus of CCI, having attended the school during the 2004-2005 academic year. She believes that being a former CCI student allows the current students to be able to relate and have a point of reference at the school.

Ms. Deb

Debora Nasuti was born and raised in Lanciano. After graduating from high school, she moved to Naples to study Far Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a focus on Japanese. Deb remains passionate about anything concerning Japan, but holds a strong interest in different cultures generally. From Naples, Deb moved to London for work, while attending the International House of London to perfect her English. She returned to London after a few months in Glasgow and worked in a British-Italian school as an office assistant. Deb later returned to Italy and earned her degree in Linguistic Mediation and Intercultural Communication from the University of Pescara. Before settling back in Lanciano and becoming one of our Residence Dons, she spent a year in Sofia, Bulgaria, to work and experience the culture.

Mr. Matteo

Matteo Benaglia has been a Residence Don since 2011. He was born in Monza, not far from Milano. Matteo moved to Lanciano when he was 16, and soon after decided to enrol at the Nautical School in Ortona. After graduation, he continued his studies at the Merchant Naval Academy in Genova, where he became a Navigating Officer. During that time, Matteo sailed along Africa where he was struck by the beauty of the coast and of the people he met.

Mr. Manuel

Manuel Ferrante is one of our boys' Residence Dons. He was born in Atessa and lives in Castel Frentano, a small town 5 minutes away from Lanciano. His main responsibility is to ensure that the residence remains a safe, clean, and healthy environment for our boys, while modelling mutual respect and trust. After spending 6 months in Toronto to improve his English, Manuel came back to Italy and joined the school in late 2018. Always present and ready to help our students, Manuel's devotion helps our boys feel as if they are part of a big family.


Ms. Silvia

Silvia Negro is one of our girls' Residence Dons. Silvia has a love of art, photography, music, cinema, and literature. These are passions she wishes to share with our girls in res. Silvia  also has a strong interest in language and culture. After completing high school here in Lanciano, Silvia decided to travel to Germany. She fell in love with the country and eventually moved there to study the language. She attended the Volkshochschule in Berlin and earned her C1 and B2 certificates.

Mr. Centofanti

Steven Centofanti, or also well known as Mr. C is has been the School Manager at Canadian College Italy since 2005. Mr. Centofanti is Canadian born and perfectly bilingual in English and Italian but has lived most of his life in Italy.  Originally from Sulmona, he now lives in Frisa, a small town just outside Lanciano with his young family.   Mr. Centofanti is an extremely talented individual whose services are indispensable to the life of the school.  Not only does Mr. C deal with administrative issues but he has the added responsibility of overseeing the maintenance of all the school buildings and the food service.    He has always had a passion for food and has extensive experience in culinary arts, having worked both as a professional baker and a cook renders him is a key person, along with the kitchen staff, in the preparation of meals Mr. Centofanti has a very special devotion to the wellbeing of the students.  He is constantly trying to connect them to the community in sporting events and any special extra-curricular activity that they would like to pursue while they are in Italy.   In the past, when students were interested in Scuba Diving, Mr. Centofanti, being an avid diver himself, ran a Scuba club for students on Saturdays. He constantly strives to make students comfortable in their new living environment.  Mr. C is loved and respected by everyone in the community. 

Ms. Coletta

Loredana Coletta is our Italian office administrative assistant but in reality does so much more for our school community. She was born and lives in Cepagatti, a small neighbouring town just outside of Pescara. Her main responsibilities include bookkeeping and filing documents with the appropriate authorities locally. She has a keen eye for numbers and is extremely organized. With her extensive background working with the local Red Cross coupled with her caring nature, she becomes the key person for students that are not feeling well. She makes all the relevant doctor appointments and accompanies the students personally.  Furthermore, she prepares administrative documents for both teachers and students and connects with all the relevant bureaucratic offices in the region. Loredana is a tireless assistant, who devotes all of her energy selflessly to the needs of our students and staff.  Her friendly demeanour and her altruist character reassures all of us that we are in good hands.  

Pino Ucci

Mr. Pino Ucci joined CCI in 2009. He is a graduate of the University of Urbino and specialized in Foreign Languages and Literature. After many years working as a don in the Boys Residence, Pino joined the Admissions Team in our Italian Office. He has many talents that he cultivates outside the school. He enjoys doing Art in his spare time and is passionate about Cinema studies and even worked as a projectionist at the local theatre. Another one of his passions is beekeeping where he raised honeybees for honey and beeswax.  Mr. Pino is a native of Lanciano and a very valued member of our Italian staff.