Rolling Meadows instructor Antonino Bondi

Jan 19, 2017 1003

Spending every summer of his childhood in Sicily convinced Antonino Bondi that he wanted a career somehow related to Italy. He never pictured himself as a teacher in those days, but he has realized his dream in a classroom. Bondi, 31, the son of parents who immigrated from Sicily to Chicago in the 1970s, teaches Italian 2, 3 and 4 in northwest suburban Township High School District 214. He starts his day teaching at Rolling Meadows High School, and then travels to Prospect High School in Mount Prospect to teach in the afternoons.

For someone who spoke the Sicilian dialect as his first language until he went to kindergarten, Bondi has come full circle. "The joke in my family is that, when I was a little kid, I came home from that first day of school and said, 'everyone talks differently,' Bondi recalls. "My parents laughed and said I was the one who talked differently, but that I would learn."

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Fonte: Fra Noi

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