Vanessa Thomas

Dr. Vanessa L. Thomas is a dedicated educator proudly serving as the Dean of Culture at Antioch Middle School in the Metro Nashville Public School District in Nashville, TN. She previously served as a Literacy Teacher Development Specialist (LTDS) for Metro Nashville Public Schools. She focuses on delivering high-quality interactive professional development sessions to various educators with varied levels of experience.

She specializes in balanced literacy instruction, classroom management, social-emotional learning, assessment, and data analysis.  She assists teachers in creating dynamic lessons that engage students in self-discovery and problem-solving. She has provided training across businesses and non-profits such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee Valley, the North American Basketball League, and Persuaders, Inc.-Memphis, TN. 

In addition to providing high-level professional development, she also has experience with curriculum writing and subject integration. She has co-constructed engaging lessons across disciplines for Metro Nashville Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle TN, Read to be Ready, and Persuader's, Inc. 

Vanessa is a dynamic force in the non-profit sector. She has served the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee in various capacities for over a decade. She is a past collegiate president for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People-University of Tennessee, Knoxville; a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated-Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Rediscovering Me Counseling Center and the North American Basketball League. 

Vanessa attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Management and Political Science. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where she received her Masters in Elementary Education. She received her Specialist Degree in Education and Doctorate in Instructional Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University respectively.

She lives with her family in the heart of the Music City, where she enjoys volunteering, going to the movies, strolling in the park, and exploring everything our beloved city has to offer.

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