Vanessa has spent much of her career working with adolescent struggling readers both as a special education teacher and program specialist. She serves as Co-Director of the Special Education Literacy Clinic in the Teaching, Learning and Counseling Consortium (TLCC) at CSUN. Vanessa conducts research on evidence-based reading intervention in secondary settings and has presented at conferences and schools across the nation. She has authored several publications about K-12 reading pedagogy, teacher dispositions, and the use of technology with struggling readers. She teaches beginning and intermediate courses at CSUN for the Preliminary Education Specialist program and the Induction Program.
Teacher preparation in urban schools, inclusive practices for children with mild/moderate disabilities, adolescent reading pedagogy, and instructional technology. Research interests include teaching reading to K-12 struggling readers, use of iPads and other technologies for reading intervention, teacher dispositions, and professional collaboration.
- Ph.D. 2011, University of California Riverside
- M.A. 2002, Azusa Pacific University
- B.A. 1996, University of California Riverside
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