Coordinator of JP/Roslindale Site & Public School Partnerships
Vanessa has been teaching in the early childhood field since 2013, holds an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from UMass Boston, and most recently worked at a nature-based parent cooperative school in the Boston area. She has experience working in public, private, and Head Start centers in roles including teaching (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers), mentoring, and coaching. In the evenings, she works as a workshop facilitator and coach for StrongStart, the state professional development network, where she supports educators and early childhood programs to incorporate more outdoor learning. Along with nature-based learning, Vanessa is passionate about using mindfulness with young children to support social-emotional development, emergent curriculum, and reflecting on anti-bias practices in her daily work. Vanessa enjoys integrating her hobbies of art and music each day with children. She is very excited to continue to grow as an educator at BOPN!