Vanessa grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York. Vanessa earned her Bachelor’s degree in History from Binghamton University and Master’s in School Counseling from CW Post at Long Island University. During high school and college, Vanessa spent time volunteering and interning as a mentor and tutor for elementary and middle school students. Vanessa began substitute teaching on Long Island which led to her pursuing teaching full time. Vanessa spent the past seven years teaching grades 1-4 in the South Bronx. Vanessa considers herself a lifelong learner and brings her passion for learning into the classroom. When not teaching, you can find Vanessa traveling, trying a new recipe or spending quality time with her family and friends.