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A taste of Italy in North Beach—America's favorite neighborhood
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Lisa Engelken

Lisa Engelken is excited to be a part of the SFIAC Italian Language School!  She enjoys working with students of all levels and ages, and has been teaching Italian for over ten years.  Lisa holds undergraduate degrees in both Italian Studies and Theatre & Media Arts.  Lisa also hold an M.A. in Italian Language & Literature from SF State University.

Lisa served as a Lecturer in the Department of Italian Language & Literature at SF State University from 2002 to 2009. During her tenure at SFSU, Lisa served as a panelist for the CSU Study Abroad Program to Italy.  Other teaching positions include a private Fine Arts College, several international language schools, and a Bay Area High School.  Lisa also teaches private lessons and tutorials for individuals and small groups.

Lisa also serves as an Italian-English translator and interprets in both social and business settings. 
She has worked as a freelance translator for a prominent Italian newsletter and has translated literary works, technical manuals, websites, legal documents and court depositions.

Lisa has been named an ISEP Delegate to the University of Florence, a Rotary Scholar to the University of Naples, a Carla Rossi Academy Fellow in the Hermeneutics of Dante, and an I.I.C. Scholar to the University of Perugia.

In addition to her love of Italian language and culture, Lisa is also a professional jazz vocalist, musician and bandleader. Her album Caravan was named to the Best of 2010 List by the Jazz Journalists Association. Her new album Little Warrior was released on October 1, 2013, and includes her joyous arrangement of the Italian samba "Viva la felicita'."