Drawing on their different cultural and educational backgrounds for inspiration, Maria Rocco and Lucia Mingarelli put their heads and hearts together to create Canadian Island. Since 1996, the directors have enjoyed watching the school and its popular summer camps grow to the point where Canadian Island is now a leading education provider in Tuscany, as well as a place where young people and parents come to be inspired.




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Born in Canada, Maria is constantly looking for new ways to bring cutting-edge teaching practices from her own country to Italy. Maria has a combined degree in education and in French and Italian languages, at the University of Toronto, as well as extensive experience in ESL teaching, summer camps and school trips for young people and teens.


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After making the decision to finally hang up her lab coat, the pharmacist-turned-educator Lucia is one of the main drivers behind Canadian Island’s continued success. Lucia actively applies the skills she developed in business to the daily running of Canadian Island and plays a major role in its many language programs.

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