Patrizia, born and raised in Bari, Italy, has a Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Bari. After working for one year in research at the University of Milan, and for five years in two large pharmaceutical companies, Patrizia decided to specialize in Education at the Graduate School for Certified Teachers, where she received her postgraduate Diploma as a teacher. She taught Chemistry for five years with the Italian Ministry for Education both in Italy and abroad in Quito, Ecuador, where she also taught the Italian Language in an Italian School recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Patrizia moved to California in 2013. Patrizia volunteered at different organizations to improve her experience and skills in teaching Italian to foreigners before starting to teach at Fondazione Italia in 2016.