Our Staff

Meet Our Educators
  • Meet Our Staff

    With education and experience in early childhood care
  • Founder & Director Raffaella

    Raffaella Galliani holds a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Literature, a Master of Arts in Teaching Italian to Foreigners, and one at NYU in Foreign Language Education where she was also awarded the NYU Steinhardt Teaching and Learning Scholarship & Teresa V. DiLustri Aversa Fund for Foreign Language Education.

    Raffaella has been a language Instructor for more than 15 years and has worked for such high-profile organizations as the US General Consulate in Milan, the University Politecnico, and the Lycée Français de New York. She is currently teaching at The New School and NYU SPS as an adjunct professor of Italian.

    Raffaella opened in 2015 Speakitaly NYC, and since then she has been working to provide students with the best of the latest applied methodologies for learning a foreign language. She is an official examiner for the CELI (Università per stranieri di Perugia) and CILS (Università per Stranieri di Siena) exams for the past 10 years and her SpeakItaly NYC is also an official testing center.


    • Valentina

      VALENTINA is a native Italian speaker born in Parma, fluent in English and Spanish. She has a degree in Early Education and over 14 years of experience with children. She started as a teacher in an Italian daycare for three years and then moved to the States to be an Aupair and teach Italian. She has been working at Speakitaly NYC for 4 years as a Children’s Program Coordinator and leads Italian classes for children.

    • Matilde

      MATILDE is an Italian-American citizen who moved to New York a few months ago. She is a professional actress with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and with fifteen years of experience as an educator in Italian schools and in centers for children and parents. For the past six years, she has worked as an educator in a creative center for children and parents, proposing activities suitable for children at different stages of their development and supporting parents in their relationships with their children.