Hello! I am Michela, the Atelierista here at girotondo
pre-school. With an artistic background, my role is to support the educators in
the realization of projects using creative and poetic languages and discovering
new and exciting materials.
I studied Architecture in Italy and Spain before getting my
BSc and MSc in 2006 at the University of Genoa, Italy. I have been working as an
Architect and Interior Designer since then, first in Milan and then in London,
where I moved in 2010, to progress in my career as an Interior Designer.
When my son Filippo was born, in 2013, I decided to take
some time off focusing on my little one. It was then that I discovered a deep
interest in children development. Children are ‘small just in size’ and - for a
certain time - they have just different tools to approach the world around them.
I was fascinated by their way to communicate, their logic and perspectives.
It was only when Filippo started going to nursery that I
began to wonder about the impact that this would have on his emotional and
intellectual development. So I started researching different educational
approaches for young children and their impact on their personal development
and future learning attainment, thinking about how I could use my professional
experience and passion for art and design to contribute to that.
I had just completed my training as a yoga instructor for
children when I met Elisa, who introduced me to the Reggio Emilia approach,
with its love for creative arts and the hundred languages of children. Amazed
at the infinite possibilities, I asked to be part of her team and for my
professional skills and passion for art to be part of the girotondo vision for