Laura moved to Boston in 2010 and is a molecular biology consultant for companies in the New England area. For her, the PIB school is a place where children can build friendships with other children who speak Italian and create a sense of community. She feels it is important to not only transmit of language but culture and Italian traditions and to build relationships with families so that they feel part of a community and closer to Italy.
Giovanni moved to America in 2005 and currently works at Sanofi-Genzyme, where he leads a group of clinical researchers in oncology and immuno-oncology. In March 2009 he co-founded Professional Italians in Boston (PIB) to promote activities related to Italian culture. In 2014, he founded the Scuola Piccoli Italiani di Boston (PIB school) to support a new generation of Italians in America, who maintain their links and understanding of Italy through language and culture.
Andrea moved to the United States in 2007 to attend the MBA program at the University of Chicago. In 2014 he moved to Boston to work on the Dell EMC Enterprise Technology. The PIB school is for him a fantastic opportunity to keep alive Italian language and culture in his family. For him it is especially important, he says, as his wife is not Italian.
Angelo’s is a third-generation Italian. His father was born in the United States, and his grandfather arrived here initially in 1896, then returned to Italy with his family several times and finally moved permanently to the United States in the ’20s. The PIB school for him is very important because it allows children to learn Italian language and culture. In particular, it is an opportunity to compensate for the natural tendency of children to speak only English. The PIB School also offers families an opportunity to socialize.
Silvia moved to America in 2001 and, after living in several cities, came to Boston where she works as the director of the oncology biology department in a small Biotech. Her American-born husband and two children have been attending the scuola PIB for several years.
Silvia thinks that the scuola PIB is fundamental for making sure that the knowledge of the Italian language and culture becomes the common heritage of the whole family, in particular if it is “mixed” like hers.