B.A. in Sociology/Social Studies Education, Stony Brook University. Vanessa comes to teaching after many years in the business and non-profit community. She worked as the Communications and Development Manager of the Peconic Land Trust prior to becoming a social studies teacher. She has a strong interest in multicultural and diversity education, and has served as the co-chair of the Education Committee of the Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force. She is currently teaching Government and Economics at the High School of Arts and Technology in New York where she is also a Senior Class Advisor.