Vanina directs our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming. She helps teachers implement their curriculum according to the state standards and beyond. She is the lead Science teacher in Fourth and Fifth Grade. She supports technological integration in all subject areas. She offers a wide variety of middle school elective classes that includes, coding, broadcasting, robotics, 3D printing, and Design Thinking to name a few.
Vanina is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina where she earned a degree in Systems Information Engineering with a minor in Business. There she worked in high tech and established a software development company. Vanina moved to California 10 years ago to work for Hillel of Silicon Valley, first as a Program Director and then as an Assistant Director. She has also been involved as a volunteer in the Jewish community with organizations including the Jewish Federation, the APJCC Preschool, and Congregation Beth David (where she also taught in their Hebrew High program). In Argentina, Vanina attended Jewish Day School from the age of 2 to 18. Now, she coordinates the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiative with teachers and students.
Vanina is married to Sharon and together they have two children, Ethan and Naomi who attend Yavneh.