Who we are
I was born in Genoa but grew up in Sestri Levante on the Ligurian coast until I moved to Florence for University.
I started to work at the ABC school in Florence in 1991 as a teacher but I also accompanied students on afternoon activities and the excursions. I was a good listener for their needs and wants and after a few years I was given the responsibility to organise the extra-curricular activity program.
I am a translator and interpreter in English and German and I am a licensed tour guide for Florence and the province.
The languages that I have studied, as well as my practical and constructive nature, have helped me to work as part of the administration team and I am now the director of the school.
I like to organise and solve problems. For me, work is always a challenge and a search for new solutions which improve and enrich the stay of our students.
I also like to cook and I actually often cook with students at my house.
For years I have had the big dream of opening another ABC school and, therefore, when I was presented with the possibility to do so in 2015, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands! The new ABC school is located in Sestri Levante on the Bay of Silence where I went when I was little.
Now I can say that dreams do come true!
I can’t wait to see you in Tuscany and Liguria!
Hello, my name is Brenda and I have been working at the ABC School since 2001. I graduated in Literature with a specialisation in Art History from the University of Florence and I am a licensed tour guide. I started working for this school as an Italian teacher for foreign students and in 2010 I joined the administration team. I work mainly in the school in Florence, where I manage the Italian language and culture courses, take care of extra-curricular activities and teach. I am also responsible for the teaching materials, which I update periodically based on suggestions I receive from students and teachers at both the Italian language schools in Tuscany and Liguria.
In my spare time I practice, study and teach yoga. I love walking in the Tuscan countryside, I am an Italian Red Cross volunteer and I write short stories.
I look forward to seeing you in Florence!