My Matignon

I have travelled a lot during my life. I was born and raised in Italy and I lived for extended periods in Switzerland, England and America.  My husband is a scientist and we have three children who are teenagers.  My philosophy of teaching is rooted in the classical education I received during my high school and college years in Italy.  My teachers and professors fostered in me a strong fascination with the complexity of life, and the challenge of studying biological systems.

I believe my main role as a science educator is to motivate the students to think critically about science and to get the students engaged in the labs and become involved in the class.  I tried to draw on their experience to make lessons relevant and to expose them to the many teaching techniques they may encounter in college.  I teach them experimental concepts as well as lab skills.  In fact one of the requisites to be part of the AP Biology class is to be able to go and perform hands on field labs at different scientific institution outside the school.

Matignon High School has a unique location that allows us to easily access to the multiple resources of the Boston area.  At Matignon we are fortunate to be able to go for community lab experiences, including Boston University, Harvard, and Biotech companies, which we use to our advantage to broaden the student’s exposure to how science is conducted in academia and industry.

I believe that my greatest strength as a teacher is that I am a true ”people person”.  I am a very approachable person both in and out of the classroom.  I really try to connect with the students and make complex subject matter easily understood.  I try to make my class enjoyable and at the end of the school day my biggest reward is to see my students engaged and excited about science. 

At Matignon I love the friendly atmosphere between teachers and administration and the diversity of the student body. Cambridge is a very diverse urban area and, at Matignon, students come from different backgrounds and have different learning styles.  I love the unique perspective each student brings to the classroom.

The Matignon students are the people with whom I share the daily difficulties and successes. I love to share my life with young people who trust me with their education and have taught me more lessons that I have ever given.

My Matignon

B.S. in Biology, Italy
PhD in Biochemistry, Italy and U.S.
Postdoctoral work as research fellow, lab instructor, and lecturer in Biochemistry at Italian, British and American institutions
Science teacher at Matignon High School for 10 years
 

I have travelled a lot during my life. I was born and raised in Italy and I lived for extended periods in Switzerland, England and America.  My husband is a scientist and we have three children who are teenagers.  My philosophy of teaching is rooted in the classical education I received during my high school and college years in Italy.  My teachers and professors fostered in me a strong fascination with the complexity of life, and the challenge of studying biological systems.

I believe my main role as a science educator is to motivate the students to think critically about science and to get the students engaged in the labs and become involved in the class.  I tried to draw on their experience to make lessons relevant and to expose them to the many teaching techniques they may encounter in college.  I teach them experimental concepts as well as lab skills.  In fact one of the requisites to be part of the AP Biology class is to be able to go and perform hands on field labs at different scientific institution outside the school.

Matignon High School has a unique location that allows us to easily access to the multiple resources of the Boston area.  At Matignon we are fortunate to be able to go for community lab experiences, including Boston University, Harvard, and Biotech companies, which we use to our advantage to broaden the student’s exposure to how science is conducted in academia and industry.

I believe that my greatest strength as a teacher is that I am a true ”people person”.  I am a very approachable person both in and out of the classroom.  I really try to connect with the students and make complex subject matter easily understood.  I try to make my class enjoyable and at the end of the school day my biggest reward is to see my students engaged and excited about science. 

At Matignon I love the friendly atmosphere between teachers and administration and the diversity of the student body. Cambridge is a very diverse urban area and, at Matignon, students come from different backgrounds and have different learning styles.  I love the unique perspective each student brings to the classroom.

The Matignon students are the people with whom I share the daily difficulties and successes. I love to share my life with young people who trust me with their education and have taught me more lessons that I have ever given.