Maria C. Mansella was born in San Clemente di Galluccio in the province of Caserta, Italy. She earned a Diploma of Maturità Magistrale (Elementary Education Certification) from the Istituto Vincenzo Gioberti, Sora (Frosinone).
Maria C. Mansella holds a BA Cum Laude from Rhode Island College in Secondary Education with a concentration in French and Italian, minor Portuguese and a Master in Arts from Middlebury College. Maria C. Mansella attended Brown University, URI and the Salamanca Summer Program in Spain. She has taught Bilingual Education-ESL, Italian, French and Spanish for several Rhode Island elementary and secondary schools, Rhode Island College and Providence College.
She currently is a Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island where she teaches Italian and on occasion French and Spanish. In addition, she is a special lecturer for Providence College School of Continuing Education.
Active in several professional associations, Maria C. Mansella served as President of RITI (Rhode Island Teachers of Italian) 2000-2004 and as a member of the American Association of Teachers of Italian she serves on their AATI National Examination Committee. She is the RITI Newsletter Co-Editor. Maria C. Mansella served as Vice President of C.A.S.IT.(Centro Attivià Scolastiche Italiane) 2000-2002, an office of the Italian Consulate in Boston and she currently serves as C.A.S.IT Board Member; Corresponding Secretary of RIFLA (Rhode Island Foreign Language Association); a member of the IAHSRI (Italian American Historical Society of Rhode Island), the Renaissance-Alliance Lodge-Sons of Italy and October Heritage Month Committee.
Maria C. Mansella presented several foreign language workshops at the local and state levels. Maria C. Mansella is the Coordinator-Director of the CCRI Summer Travel/Study Program in Orvieto, Italy.
Maria C. Mansella received several awards for her dedication to the teaching profession: