Director: Miriam Grottanelli de Santi
Half British half Italian, she grew up in Siena, studied in Cambridge, UK, lived and worked in Paris, Prague, Florence and Rome before deciding that Siena was by far the best place to live and came back to set up a school that would give a complete and balanced social and academic experience to American undergrads.
Roberto Fineschi: Program Coordinator
A Native of Siena, Roberto has travelled extensivily, but has chosen to make Siena his home. He has lived in Siena, Berlin, and Palermo where he received his PhD in Philosophy. Roberto has been working for the Siena School since 2004 teaching: Italian, History, Philosophy, Literature, and Political Science. In addition to his teaching schedule he is our Academic Coordinator and works with students, faculty, and staff in our academic programming. Roberto loves culture in all of its aspects.
Chiara Ricchi: Program Assistant
Chiara got her MA in Political Science in 2008 from Università degli Studi di Siena. Several experiences of study and work abroad fostered her passion for languages and cultures. After her graduation she decided to settle in Siena, the city she fell in love and that she continues to find magical. She loves reading fiction and hiking “under the Tuscan sun”. She works for the Siena School as the Program Assistant.
Christine Brown: Deaf Studies Coordinator
Native of California, Christine studied at Mount Holyoke College for her BA and Gallaudet University for her MA. She splits her time between our office in Siena during the summer and teaching Deaf Studies and ASL on the West coast. Energetic and enthusiastic, Christine is a great resource in connecting our students to the local Deaf community as she connects our programs to Deaf Studies resources in Italy and abroad.
With a BA in Theatre and Performing arts and an MA in Marketing, Clio is a lover of languages though shy when it comes to speaking them. She follows the School’s social media and knows Siena’s social life better than anyone else. She’s passionate about dogs and cinema!