Raised in Amherst, Mass., Ms. Vanin joined Success Academy in 2012 as a founding second grade teacher at SA Bed-Stuy 1 and spent an additional three years at the school teaching third grade. As a grade team leader, Ms. Vanin guided teachers through coaching and modeling best practices to improve teacher performance. In 2016, she became the assistant principal of SA Bed-Stuy 1. Prior to joining Success Academy, Ms. Vanin completed her master’s degree in special education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. During that time, she worked in the Holyoke Public Schools using the Curricular Frameworks for Massachusetts, a framework designed to increase the persistence and achievement of at-risk middle and high school students. Ms. Vanin holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northeastern University, where she attended on a full basketball scholarship. She played four years of professional basketball in both Puerto Rico and Italy and in her spare time loves exercising, traveling, and baking!
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