Language Teachers

Nancy Scarselletta is the Founder and Director of the Language Learning Institute, Nancy A. Scarselletta, is a New York State (NY) permanently certified teacher who has taught for over 20 years. Over the span of her career she has taught in both public and private school systems .Through Practice, research and development, Ms Scarselletta has developed a Method of Second Language Teaching  in which she trains her staff.

On the personal level, Nancy enjoys ballroom dance for competition and show, gardening, photography, and fine dining. Nancy also has a passion for clean cooking and baking for keeping blood sugar low and putting diabetes into remission.

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 Liu croppedFanglei Liu was born and educated in China. She holds a BS in Economy from the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China and a Teaching Certificate from Changchun University in Changehun, China. Fanglei is an expert calligrapher. Before coming to The Language Learning Institute, Ms Liu taught Chinese to adults at the University level in China and at the Purdue University International Center in Indiana. Additionally, she taught Chinese to children.Trained in The Language Learning Institute Methodology of Language Teaching, Fanglei is teaching Chinese online both domestically and internationally.

In her free time, Lily enjoys reading, listening to music, gardening, and traveling around the world.


Alli BarrancaAllison Barranca is the Assistant Admin for the Language Learning Center. She was born and raised in Albany and attended the Academy of the Holy Names for highschool. After she graduated she moved to Allentown, PA to attend Muhlenberg College, where she is a Biology Major and an Italian Studies Minor. She has studied abroad in Italy, living in Rome for six weeks. That experience sparked her passion for Italian, not just the beautiful language, but the remarkable culture and History as well. Allison will be graduating from Muhlenberg College in May of 2017 as the College’s second Italian Minor.

Her personal interests include playing Rugby, watching movies, and travelling.

MariapainEmily Mariapain holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in French from the American University in Washington, D.C.  In 2004, Emily moved to Dax, France where she taught English in 3 primary schools.   In 2006, Ms. Mariapain completed her MA in French Cultural Studies with Columbia University’s Paris campus.  She currently works as a Technical Director with a local IT consulting company and has returned back to the Capital Region after a 3-year work assignment in France.  A former LLI teacher, Emily re-joins the Language Learning Institute with much excitement and enthusiasm to share her love for the French language and culture.  

In her spare time, Emily enjoys playing her with rescue pup, Delilah, running and playing the piano.


Jonah MizrahiJonah Mizrahi holds a BA in Chinese from SUNY Albany. He has lived, studied and taught in China and loves to learn languages and about different cultures! Trained in The Learning Language Institute Method of Second Language Teaching, Jonah is currently teaching Chinese to adults on site.

Jonah enjoys practicing calligraphy, reading Tang Dynasty poetry and studying other languages. He also frequently donates to the American Cancer Society


eleonoraEleonora Morrell is first generation American born and grew up in an Italian speaking home.She studied Italian in high school and at SUNY Binghamton, where she completed A BA in Italian Literature and Language. Trained in The Language Learning Institute Method of Second Language Teaching, Ms Morrell has taught Italian to children and adtuls and currently works as a substitute Italian teacher. Ms Morrell designs The Language Learning Institute’s flyers and advertisements in which she captures the essence of the school.

In her free time, Eleonora enjoys training for marathon races, dine dining, and healthy eating for optimal health.

 ipad photos 117Valerie Lavash is half-Belgian and graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in French from the University at Albany and a minor in Spanish. She has studied abroad in Grenoble, France and Granada, Spain. Every other summer, she visits her family in Belgium. She also works as a French interpreter.

In her spare time, Valerie likes to dance Argentine tango.

ipad photos 110 Morgan Middlebrook is a graduate of Smith College.  As an Italian Studies major, Morgan studied in Florence for nine months.  In her spare time, Morgan is a classical singer.  She particularly enjoys performing Italian art songs and arias.
ipad photos 112 Amanda Alden holds a B.A in Modern Foreign Languages from Nazareth College of Rochester. She has worked with students of all ages both in the US and abroad. She has studied abroad in Rennes, France and Valencia, Spain.  In her free time Amanda enjoys practicing Boxing and Jujitsu, gaming and writing.