Vanessa was born in Conway, South Carolina. She attended high school in Wilmington, North Carolina and college in Detroit, Michigan where she studied Fine Arts and Interior Architectural Design. After college Vanessa worked at several design and architect firms before changing careers to work with children. She received her Primary Montessori Certification from the Pam American Montessori Society, PAMS. Vanessa joined the Discovery family in 2012, working in the Glasswing toddler community. This year Vanessa will assist in the Mimosa community. Along with the principle and practices of the Montessori theory, Vanessa also provides creative arts and crafts projects in the Nido, Toddler and Primary communities at Discovery.