I was born in Turin in 1985, and after a "nomadic" beginning of moving house almost every year, I lived in Alba (CN) since I was 6: that's "home" when I go back to Italy. Fun fact about me: Officially, my surname is Cerri Gambarelli, it's a double surname because my grandparents were counts of Fiorenzuola D'Arda (yep, if nobility existed I'd be a countess! 💁🏼♀️).
~20 years in a nutshell
When I was 14, I spent my first summer alone abroad, in Ireland, and since then I knew I wouldn't live my adult life in Italy. I left my home country in 2007 and went back only briefly to graduate in 2008, after living almost a year with my future husband Alex (Finnish) in Marbella. We got married in 2010, Oliver was born in 2015 and Emily in 2016.
The world tour
In 2019 we sold everything we owned and left with our work (two computers), two suitcases and two backpacks for a two-year adventure around the world, interrupted by the COVID that kept us in New Zealand for almost a year (we were in the only COVID-free bubble in the world, not complaining 😉).
The current chapter? Traveling around Europe in Elliot! In New Zealand we did a motorhome experience and one of the most beautiful places we explored was Elliot's Bay. And so Elliot became the name of our VW California in which we are now exploring Europe (Fun fact: Alex bought it on the internet in New Zealand and the car dealer brought it from Germany to Italy… he said he'll forever tell the story of a Finnish guy buying a van from New Zealand and have it delivered in Italy to then import it in Spain! 😉).
I've reinvented myself many times. In Marbella I created a language school "Enclavia Languages" and I taught English to kids and adults for 8 years. In my free time, I took dance lessons and did salsa and cabaret shows with two dance companies, which became like family to me.
When I became a mother, I discovered Montessori and something changed in me. After years of studying, I started creating online courses for parents. I trained as an AMI assistant assistant at the Maria Montessori Institute in London for the age groups 3-6 and 6-12. In 2020 I collaborated as an author with an Italian printed collection of books about the Montessori method.
Today I know very clearly what my mission is: to inspire more and more parents to raise children "long term", which means to educate towards respect, diversity and sustainability. Or as Maria Montessori said, to educate towards peace. Our world needs it now more than ever.