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Antonina Bellesorte
Director, Language & Culinary

A native of Italy, Antonina has taught the Italian language for many years, working with schools and private students alike.  Fluent in both Italian and English, she also works as an interpreter for the Italian Consulate, the US court system, private companies such as AT&T, and government agencies such as the FBI and the Immigration Department.

In addition to her passion for language, Antonina is also a prize-winning cook whose delightful specialty meals have graced the tables of many South Jersey families.  She has given classes at Eastern High School in Voorhees and also in Berlin’s adult education program.  In May 2004, Antonina was invited by Williams-Sonoma in Marlton to give cooking classes and demonstrations.

In addition to her teaching, interpreting, and culinary activities, Antonina was president of the South Jersey Chapter of Filitalia (meaning “Extension of Italy”), a national organization whose aim is to promote Italian culture and traditions as well as award scholarships to members of the organization.  She also serves as Cultural Chair on Filitalia’s national board.

In an earlier career, Antonina worked in social services as a mental health counselor.  Her community work included teaching English as a second language, and she has been a VISTA volunteer and a member of Amnesty International.  She is also a member of the National Italian-American Federation. 

Antonina attended the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, where she received her degree in social work.