My name is Maura Guida-Maffia. I am a mother of two, who was born in Rome and have lived in Washington, DC over the last 18 years, where I currently work, for the World Bank, as a consultant on a climate change awareness initiative called “Connect 4 Climate.” I have held multiple and varied positions in my career. After obtaining a degree in Law at the Sapienza University in Rome, I began work in television, writing plots and screenplays for various television programmes and ultimately publishing a romance which won the prestigious “Oplonti d’argento” award. In addition, I was on various public relations teams.
Upon moving to the United States, I found my true calling for this period of my life; that is, teaching my language to who already knew it to a certain extent, as well as those who were fascinated by it but had no prior contact with it. Therefore, I began teaching Italian at the Washington International School, an internationally renowned private school in Washington, DC.
To truly learn about the Italian language and culture, simply speaking the language is not enough. One must learn the cultural dynamics of the peninsula I hail from; how Italians live and the variance in each region (and in some cases even cities). These are all things books cannot teach. To do so, in the Winter of 2013 I began offering cooking classes, hoping that the wonderful tastes and aromas of Italian cuisine could be effectively diffused on this side of the pond.