Ms. Vanessa was born and raised in Bishop CA and graduated from Bishop Union High School, class of 2005. She went to University of Nevada, Reno and graduated with distinction holding a dual bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies
While in Reno Ms. Vanessa worked for University of Nevada, Reno Child Family Research Center for four years giving her the opportunity to learn from many different teacher and link her teaching experiences to her classes. After graduating Ms. Vanessa immediately started working for The Goddard School she loved having her own classroom and seeing her dreams become a reality with some incredible two and three year olds. In 2010, Ms. Vanessa returned to UNRs CFRC program this time as a lead teacher for Early Head Start, during this time she took part in NAEYC accreditation as well as the expansion process of the Early Head Start program giving her the opportunity to extend teaching into the home as a home visitor to 16 families during the construction of their new classrooms. The young children that were in her class in 2010 moved up with her and her teaching partner in a beautiful continuity of care program through 2012. She also work as a respite supervisor for the Northern Nevada RAVE program, a nonprofit respite care program where she worked directly with children who had special needs as well as teen volunteers who expressed a love for children and teaching opportunities.
In 2012 Ms. Vanessa was blessed with her beautiful daughter Brooke and she and her husband Ken were very fortunate to move back to Bishop and raise their daughter in this lovely valley close to all of their family.
Once back in Bishop, Ms. Vanessa taught at Bishop Indian Head Start, and was so fortunate to learn some local culture and language while teaching in the young threes classroom for the past three years. In this time she also earned her Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California and continued her education through many state and federal trainings and certifications.
Ms. Vanessa has always had a love for children she has babysat worked as a nanny, tutored, and taught for many years, her first teaching opportunity was at age 16 at the Country School House and she is excited to continue to have the opportunity to the young children of our community.