Italiano con Andreina

Andrea L. Davis, Professor of Italian

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About Andrea

Andrea grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, where she studied Italian in public school, as well as in Florence, Siena, and Perugia, Italy. She went on to earn a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from UCLA, both in Italian Literature. For over 25 years she has taught Italian to both children and adults in Southern California schools, including UCLA, CSULB, Taft High School, Pierce College, College of the Canyons, and Pepperdine. Andrea has also performed at the Vatican and throughout Italy as pianist, vocalist, and conductor, and has appeared in Italian roles on tv and film. She wrote the lyrics for and sings vocals on the original song, “La vita italiana fa per me”, in the international Fiat 500L commercial, “Wedding”. She has thirty years of experience as a professional translator and Italian language consultant. Andrea is passionate about making her classes fun and interactive, and enjoys sharing her Italian travel experiences and her love of Italian cinema and music with her students.


University of California, Los Angeles, California
            Master of Arts in Italian Literature
            Research Assistanceship Grant Recipient
            Teaching Assistanceship (Teaching Italian language courses)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
            Bachelor of Arts in Italian Literature
            Magna Cum Laude
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY, Malibu, CA                                                 2021
Adjunct Professor of Italian
Courses taught: Elementary Italian 151 and 152
COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS, Santa Clarita, CA                                    2019 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Italian
Courses taught: Elementary Italian 101 (in-person, hybrid, online, and OnlineLIVE (remote synchronous)); Learning platforms: Canvas, MindTap, iLrn
GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE                                                     2017 - Present
Italian Instructor, Community Services Department
Courses taught: Conversational Italian Level I and II
LOS ANGELES PIERCE COLLEGE, Woodland Hills, CA                         2005 - 2019
Adjunct Professor of Italian, Italian Department Tutoring Liaison
Courses taught: Elementary Italian 1, Italian 2, and Italian 8 (Conversational Italian).
Supervised Italian Department tutors. Created the "Circolo italiano" and cultural field trips.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH                              2007 - 2008
Adjunct Professor of Italian
Courses taught: Elementary Italian 1 and Italian 2.
PAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL, Beverly Hills, CA                                            2006   
Italian Instructor     
Courses taught: Elementary Italian to Grades K-6.
SEVEN ARROWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Pacific Palisades, CA       2003 - 2005
Italian Instructor
Created an After-School Program in Italian for Grades 2-4.
POINT DUME ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Malibu, CA                             1999 - 2002
Italian Instructor
Created an After-School Program in Italian for Grades K-4.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES                                    1993 - 1994
Italian Instructor (Teaching Assistant)
Courses taught: Elementary Italian 1 and 2.
Certified Online Instructor
Received certification in Teaching Online with Canvas from Pierce College in Fall 2018 and from COC in Fall 2020
Italian and Music Teacher
Taught Italian and Music to children ages 8-12 at All-In Urban Summer Academy, Los Angeles
Italian Lyricist
Wrote Italian lyrics for the theme song to the Fiat 500L commercial, "Wedding".
Available on iTunes, the song is entitled, "La Vita italiana fa per me".
Wrote Italian lyrics for Subaru Japan National Commercial.
Conductor / Soloist
Conducted the Millennium Choir with Beppe Cantarelli throughout Italy.
Italian Interpreter / Host
“Giornata della Gioventù” Concert, Fidenza, Italy.
Translator - Italian to English / English to Italian
Arias for Tenor by Composer Beppe Cantarelli.
Screenplays for Mauro Borelli and Carpe Diem Entertainment.
TV Scripts, Treatments, and Articles into Italian - Columbia-Tristar Int. TV
Subtitles for feature films
Editor of Italian Text
Essential Styles, Book Two- Alfred Publishing Co.
Research Assistant
Assisted Professors Marga Cottino-Jones and Lucia Re in their research, as well as helping to organize the Futurism Conference at UCLA.
Assistant Director, Center for Italian Studies- University of Pennsylvania
Provided counsel to students interested in study-abroad programs in Italy.
Exchange Student in Italy
Università per Stranieri, Perugia
Istituto di Lingua e Cultura Italiana Michelangelo, Firenze
Centro Linguistico Dante Alighieri, Siena / Firenze
Casa Italiana at the University of Pennsylvania.
Graduate Level Italian Course, "Il Decameron", with Professor Franco Fido
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Dean’s List at the University of Pennsylvania
Vittorini Scholarship for Excellence in Italian, Sponsored by the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia, and First Prize (twice), Vittorini Italian Essay Contest, Philadelphia, PA.
Italian Institute of New York Scholarship to study at the Istituto Michelangelo, Florence, Italy