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.
- Tim Knapp
- Jessie Smith
- Mr. Manuel
- Steven Centofanti
- Pino Ucci
- Santino Bellisario
- Brandy Carriere
- Kody Kroontje
- Katrina Schiller
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Headmaster Santino Bellisario was born in Toronto, Canada. He attended school there and taught high school English at De La Salle College “Oaklands,” for over 35 years. For nearly twenty years he has organized a summer school programme in Rome, Italy during the month of July. He is passionate about public speaking and debating, having coached it for most of his career. These are interests he is hoping to bring to Canadian College Italy. Like the rest of the CCI staff, he shares a belief in the transformative power of travel. As Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do...Explore. Dream. Discover.” His wife plans on joining him throughout the school year. His oldest daughter lives in New York City and is expecting her first child. His other children are both at law school in Toronto. His tenure as headmaster at CCI, starting in 2021, is a kind of homecoming. Both his parents were born in Gamberale, a small town in the province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region about 60 kilometres from Lanciano. He still has family that live nearby. He is excited about getting to know his new surroundings, the community, the staff, and students of CCI.
Brandy Carriere is an Ontario certified teacher and has a BA in history from Carleton University and a B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. Her passion for travel has led to a career as an international teacher, working in a variety of countries and subjects. She taught English literature and writing in Mexico, and year 6 in England before taking 4 years off to be a therapeutic foster parent in Ontario. Returning to teaching, she spent a year on a northern First Nations reserve in Ontario, teaching history, mathematics and health. Then she moved to Egypt for three years, teaching high school social science in an Ontario curriculum school. Miss Carriere then spent a year teaching photography and mathematics on a 3 masted, fully rigged sailing ship while surcumnativating the Atlantic. After taking some time to travel, including a 3 week trek in Nepal to visit Mount Everest, and supply teaching in Ontario, Miss Carriere headed for the Caribbean, spending 2 years teaching social sciences and mathematics in an Ontario curriculum school in Sint Maarten. Outside of school, she enjoys photography, yoga, running and, of course, travelling. Miss Carriere has been to Italy on multiple occasions and is very excited to now call Italy home.
Hello Everyone! My name is Kody Kroontje and I am delighted to be joining the team at CCI for the 2021-2022 academic school year. I bring with me to Lanciano a wealth of knowledge and unique experiences that I am sure will make our school year ahead a very rewarding one for students and staff alike. I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, where I have taught in both the English and French Immersion streams of education and am excited to share my passion for education with our students. I have previously completed a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History at Trent University and have been working internationally for a number of years now. Looking ahead to the start of our school year, I am excited to meet everyone as we learn together and make this year a very memorable one!
Katrina Schiller is a modern-day Ms. Frizzle. Her passion for STEM education and enthusiasm in the classroom helps create lifelong memories and captivate her students. During her undergrad at Trent University, she fell in love with genetics and organic chemistry. Throughout her B.Ed. at Queen’s University, she focused on educating abroad. With a passion for travel, Miss Schiller set off to a private Ontario school in Egypt, where she taught grades 9 and 10 math and science, as well as senior biology and chemistry for 4 years, also acting as Numeracy Lead. Moving on next to Vietnam, Miss Schiller taught MYP science and DP Biology at an international IB school. The pandemic caused her time there to be cut short and spurred a move to Nunavut, where she has spent the year teaching high school math and science. Ready to travel once more, Miss Schiller is ecstatic to live in and explore Italy. Outside of school she loves photography, travel, cooking and baking, and a variety of tabletop games.