From Buenos Aires to New Orleans
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to parents of Italian and Swiss immigrants, Vanesa Gentinetta moved to New Orleans with her family in 1979 and established roots. After receiving a primary and secondary Catholic education and graduating with honors, she attended Newcomb College of Tulane University on scholarship and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. In 1997, Vanesa was awarded the James Madison Fellowship which grants funding to outstanding current and future secondary school teachers of American government to undertake graduate study of the origins, framing, principles and development of the Constitution of the United States. In keeping with the Fellowship's requirements of attending the Summer Institute on the Constitution, she earned six hours of graduate degree credit from Georgetown University before embarking on graduate studies in history at the University of New Orleans. While teaching full-time at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic K-12 independent school in uptown New Orleans, she earned a Master of Arts in History Teaching degree and fulfilled the fellowship's teaching requirement. After fourteen years of teaching a series of courses in the History Department including Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics, Vanesa joined Metairie Park Country Day School in 2012 as a faculty member in the History Department. Beginning in 2013, she will be serving as program director of the New Orleans Scholars program.