Meet The International TEFL Academy Staff


Danielle Lupo

Admissions advisor

 What is your role at international TEFL Academy?

Admissions Advisor

What's Your Story?

I’ve always been a little bit of a weirdo. I’m quirky and OCD, prefer reading to watching TV, love Pauly Shore movies, and can proudly admit that I was emo in high school/college (my prom picture is a SIGHT). I keep a list of every book I’ve ever read and every band I’ve seen in concert, and have two cigar boxes filled with movie, concert, museum, bus, plane etc. tickets – in short, I’m a packrat.

My bucket list includes driving cross country via route 66, visiting the seven wonders of the world, and seeing the Northern Lights from one of those cool glass igloo things. I love learning about other cultures, languages, traditions and customs, and have always known that I wanted to travel and explore the world. I have only had the opportunity to travel in Europe (and there’s still SO much more to see!), but you better believe I’ve got a list a mile long of next adventure destinations!

Danielle taught English in Rome for 3 years!

Danielle Rome

Where are you from, where did you go to college & what did you major in at college?

I’m from LaGrange, a western suburb of Chicago, but moved to the city when I was 18. I live in Humboldt Park, which has a strong Puerto Rican influence, so there’s great food, street art and culture to explore (try a jibarito – trust me!) A bonus is the park is a block away from my apartment so I can take my pit bull pup, Bishop, there for walks!

I went to DePaul University where I double majored in Italian and Communication.

Where Have You Lived/Taught Abroad

I studied abroad in Rome and then taught there for 3 years. During that time, I was able to visit 13 European countries!

What countries have you visited?

Italy, Spain, France, England, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Holland, Denmark, Portugal, Bahamas, Mexico


Thailand, South Korea, Argentina, Iceland – I want to go everywhere!

Describe Your First Travel Experience

I had traveled with my family to Mexico, but my first real experience was during my three-month study abroad program in Rome during my junior year of college. I lived in a homestay with an Italian family, took Italian lessons near the Spanish Steps, and spent my free time in San Lorenzo (the university neighborhood), drinking wine in piazzas, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the city with pizza al taglio and gelato in hand!

I got the travel itch from visiting Barcelona, Paris and London on weekend trips, and knew that this experience wouldn’t be the end of my adventures. The next year and a half was spent working and saving money while also being a full-time undergrad so I could visit Italy two more times. I spent those trips traveling to Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice, Naples and Milan, and researching ways to move there to live a long-term experience abroad. After graduation, I booked a one-way ticket to Rome, said “ciao” to my American life, and spent three years teaching and traveling throughout Europe!

Making friends!

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My Pup & I

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The Thrill of Travel

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Not necessarily a story, but most of my favorite trips that I took were by myself. It’s definitely an experience to travel solo, and I think everyone should give it a go at least one time. I was challenged to be independent, book travel and hostels, figure out transportation, etc. all my myself. It is so empowering to know that you can do it on your own - you definitely come out of it feeling like you can do anything and conquer the world!

Name some of your favorite literature & media:

Books: The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Shantaram, A House in the Sky, What Dreams May Come, Sin in the Second City, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – I always have a book in my bag at any given moment!

Films: Wuthering Heights (1939)

Music: screamo/pop punk (nostalgia! :) ), classic rock, indie and instrumental

TV: Stranger Things!

What is your favorite international cuisine?

Indian & Mexican

Why do you like working at International TEFL Academy?

The best part about working here is that everyone has lived or taught abroad – it’s awesome to have a community of people who have all been in your shoes, and love talking about it! I also get to help people realize their dreams of teaching abroad, which is pretty great. And bonus points for getting to bring my pup to the office! 

I can't wait to help you travel the world!

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