Vanessa Faerber’s experience as a school administrator exemplifies excellence by her belief in leading by inspiring educators, motivating students, and engaging stakeholders to work collaboratively creating dynamic world-class citizens. A holistic approach to educating students promotes positive outcomes in all facets of a student’s development to include: social-emotional, academic, physical, and overall wellness with the self and family. Flexibility, compassion, and innovation are all tools of immense value that she utilizes to support students and families to persevere and thrive despite any challenge that may arise.
Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, a Master’s degree in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Technology both from Nova Southeastern University. After teaching Dropout Prevention Language Art for 6th-8th grade in Land O’Lakes Florida, she became a DoDEA Special Education teacher at Boeblingen Elementary Middle School in Stuttgart, Germany. In subsequent years, she was able to provide intensive reading support for BEMS staff and students as a Reading Coach and a Read 180 teacher. Later she moved to Okinawa with DoDEA and taught Social Studies and 6th grade Reading at Ryukyu Middle School. She then began a successful career in Administration at Bechtel Elementary in 2011 as the Assistant Principal. She was later promoted to the Principal at Bob Hope Primary School on Okinawa where she was able to forge community partnerships with the command and solidify commitments o support in a Partner in Education (PIE) agreement. In 2015, Vanessa became the Principal at Netzaberg Elementary School in beautiful Bavaria, Germany. Always looking for a challenge to be a lead learner, Vanessa then served as a School Renewal Specialist for the Department of Education at the complex area level, learning how to support school systems, focus on K-12academic pathways, and assist 18 schools to reach the next level of excellence.
Vanessa is moving to Puerto Rico with her family that includes two soon to be Ft. Buchanan students: Katarina (10), and Oliver (8). She has one daughter Emily (19) that is attending college in Florida at Full Sail University. She is extremely honored to serve military students, their families, and to lead an amazing team at Antilles High School as the principal. She seeks to actively cultivate community partnerships and build networks of support systems that will foster a collaborative environment to ensure continued academic growth and real-world experiences. Continuous School Improvement is engrained in the fiber of her being, so any suggestions on how to make Antilles High School even better are appreciated and taken into respectful consideration.
“An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.” – Henry Ford