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Vanina SandelSTEAM Coordinator/Teacher

Vanina coordinates our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming. She helps teachers implement their curriculum in Full Options Science System (FOSS), and is the lead Science teacher in Fourth Grade. She supports technological integration in all subject areas and oversees all of our school devices. She offers a middle school elective class in Coding and Design Thinking, helps students publish their work on their online personalized portfolio, directs our after school enrichment programs in Jr. and First Lego League, and teaches our after school class in Tinkering.

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.