MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults
BS in Corporate Communications, Minor in Spanish (Honors),
magna cum laude
For the past ten years, Vanessa has been a Los Angeles-based teacher, private tutor, writer, and educational consultant. She began her career as a fourth grade Teach for America corps member at Atwater Elementary and continued to teach fifth grade at the prestigious Curtis School. She has a Professional Clear Multi-Subject Teaching Credential through Cal State TEACH.
In the classroom, Vanessa focused on cross-curricular writing instruction, technology integration, and project-based learning. Her goal is to teach students how to be lifelong, resourceful, and collaborative learners. Vanessa continues to develop writing programs for all levels of educators and learners both independently and as a Teaching Fellow with the Los Angeles Writing Project.
Vanessa co-directs a Digital Storytelling summer camp and presents workshops for the Young Writers’ Conference on topics such as Sentence Surgery!, Mapping our Memories, and Short but Sweet: Tell Your Story Within a Tweet. In her spare time, she coaches writing in schools with 826 LA, a nonprofit youth writing center.
Vanessa is a freelance print and web content writer, most recently as the Director of Digital & Print Media and Education Specialist for EduTech Services, Inc. She is completing her certification in Digital Journalism. Her MFA critical thesis, Please Sweat the Small Stuff: Shaping Tone with Sound and Syntax earned high honors. Vanessa has written a middle grade novel and is currently working on a young adult novel.
Vanessa tutors students in grades 3-12 in literary analysis and response, general writing skills via the Six Traits, fiction, nonfiction, academic writing, and admissions essays. Her rate is $150 per hour.