Teacher and scholar, Marzia has held a variety of teaching appointments at both the collegiate and the high school level, most recently serving as an Instructor in the Department of Administration and Policy in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught AP U.S. History, Psychology, International and Global Education, Qualitative Research Methods, and Italian.
With a B.A., cum laude, in Education, from the University of Bologna (Italy) and an M.A. in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, Marzia earned her Ph.D. in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education at Pitt. Her dissertation was on “Global Education, Accountability, and 21st Century Skills: A Case of Curriculum Innovation.” She has presented a number of scholarly papers, including “Internationalization or Westernization? The Case of Brazil, China, South Korea, and Turkey” and “Integrating Global Education in Public High Schools: Key Elements, Challenges, and Recommendations for Practice and Policy.” After serving as a substitute in a number of Sewickley Academy classrooms over the past year, Marzia is excited to join the Senior School Department of History and Social Science on a permanent basis.
Why did you choose to work at Sewickley Academy?
I specifically choose to work at SA because the school’s Mission and Core Values very much align with my educational philosophy and worldview, especially in terms of the importance of nurturing character, developing educational experiences with vigor, being firmly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and finally being part of a caring and supportive community.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
I consider being a teacher the best way to have a local as well as global impact on the laborious road to making the world a better place.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I definitely enjoy learning with my students and being part of their journeys toward achieving important milestones in life. It is a privilege to be part of their lives.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class(es)?
I would like for them to realize that each one of them can get to where they want to be with the right amount of grit.
How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?
I am constantly reading, participating in professional development, and learning from my colleagues and peers.
Favorite book as a child?
"Le Petit Prince" by Antoine Saint-Exupery
Favorite book as an adult?
It's too hard to have one favorite. I really enjoy books (especially historical and biographies), but two that I recently read and liked are "Correlli’s Mandolin" by Louis de Berniere and "The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World" by the Dalai Lama.
What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I enjoy sports, the outdoors, cooking, travelling, and listening to classical music.
What are you most looking forward to this school year?
I think just witnessing all of my students’ successes and watching the amazing performances and plays many of them participate in!