CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

May 30, 2008

PEOPLE: TIZIANIA BARONIO


Periodically, I still hear from Tiziana, who lives in Maderno, Italy. I met her through another friend, B. J. Their long-term relationship began on a train in Europe and ended when B. J. wed Veronica. I met Tiziana through B. J. in the mid-1990s while living in Jamestown, PA.

 

Tiziana visited the small town at least once a year, and B. J. went to her home as well. She was a schoolteacher in Italy, and was a welcome visitor at the Jamestown Family Support Program’s summer children’s activities, as well as a regular guest at the Jamestown Elementary School, which she said “offers a different way to think about teaching.” The then school principal, Mary Reames, noting that she use’s Baronio’s visits as “an opportunity to learn more about the educational process in Italy,” said “It has been a wonderful experience. I’ve learned how we are the same as well as different.”

 

As for Tiziana, she likes to compare her experiences with the experiences of others. “For me, there is lots of meaning,” she said.

 

The big challenge for Tiziano’s school is to “improve the school because the teachers feel they are responsible for the basic foundation of later studies…I team teach with two other instructors.” Her subjects are math and natural science.

 

Students remain with the same teacher as they are promoted through Maderno’s first five school grades.

 

“The most important thing is, in Italy, we are trying hard to give opportunity to teach a second language, and lots of parents want English. Our national program, common for all Italian schools, is the requirement of a second language.”

 

Teaching English as a foreign language is almost the same process as teaching it to first graders, according to the then school principal,. Because, unlike English every letter in Italian sounds exactly as written, there is difficulty in teaching English to Italians, the principal noted.

 

The two women agree that foreign languages are easier to learn if taught to children at a young age. Reames believes that “We should have foreign language as an integral part of our early education, rather than waiting until students are 15.”

 

Tiziana is now principal of the school where she taught.

 

She played a vital role in my life, bringing cheer and fun, while I lived a stressful life  in Jamestown. She always visited my home, where she made paper doves for children there. She participated in the Family Support Programs, and taught everyone a touch of Italian. She is a friendly, vibrant woman who became romantically but realistically involved with an American who ultimately wed another woman. I imagine her pain and hurt, but cannot be much comfort when an ocean of distance separates us.

Photo illustration:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/2547297442/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/2547297390/in/photostream/

 

I hope that she will someday return to the United States for a visit, and that she will visit with my husband and myself. We will continue to learn about each other’s culture, visit historic sites (such as Fort Ligonier, the two Frank Lloyd Wright houses—Falling Water and Kentuck Knob—, the Flight 93 crash site, the Flight 93 chapel and Quecreek Mine disaster site). Ultimately, we will just enjoy renewing our friendship as we sip morning coffee on my patio, watching the birds, squirrels and chipmunks play and feed.

 

For additional reading click on:

HALFWAY THROUGH TOMORROW

WHAT? YOU WANT TO SEND ME A SUITCASE FULL OF BEANIE BABIES?!???!! WHAT WILL I DO WITH THEM?

A KUDZU COVERED VEHICLE GRAVEYARD

CHILDISH IMMATURITY

ELINOR’S ORPHAN KITLINGS

THE AMAZING BEAVER

FERAL BIRDS: THE LATEST COMMUNITY HAZARD

 

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