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Sabrina Lupoli receives national award for teaching excellence in Italian

The Coccia Foundation has awarded the 2018 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian to Sabrina Lupoli, a teacher at Milwaukee Italian Immersion School. Lupoli received her award during the Teaching Italian Symposium at Montclair State University in New Jersey. The extensive award application included sample lesson plans, community involvement, promotion of the Italian language, evaluation by the principal, comments from students, professional development, and a 15-minute video of a classroom lesson.

Lupoli attended the symposium to gain new teaching tools and techniques and was recognized in front of a large gathering of attendees. The award included a $5,000 prize, with half designated for classroom needs and half earmarked for Lupoli’s professional development.

Now in her fifth year with Milwaukee Public Schools, Lupoli has taught five-year-old kindergarten, third grade, and currently teaches a combined second and third grade class. She revealed that her students are her motivation. “I love watching my students making progress, asking questions about Italy, making strange faces when I show them different habits from my culture, and working hard to learn my native language,” she said. “I am so honored to be able to share my language and my culture with my students and their families, and I thank the Coccia-Inserra foundations for giving me the wonderful opportunity to enrich my classroom and my professional development.”

Congratulations, Sabrina! MPS students, families, and staff are proud of your accomplishment!

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