Vanessa Taglia has taught in the lower school at Columbus Academy since 2010 and began teaching fifth grade in 2016. She is also a member of the math committee on campus and is a three-time Milt Taylor Grant recipient. Vanessa's summer was spent working as Director of iD Tech Camp at Case Western Reserve University for children ages 6-17. There she managed camp operations including training of staff, budgets, scheduling, as well as bolstered camp enrollment through the use of marketing materials. Prior to arriving at Academy, she taught for seven years in Park Ridge District 64, Illinois in fourth grade at Carpenter Elementary and second grade at Franklin Elementary. She has a B.S. in business administration from Miami University, a M.E. in teaching and learning from DePaul University, and most recently earned a M.E. in organization and leadership: private schools from Columbia University. Vanessa was awarded the Praxis Distinction of Excellence after scoring among the top-15 percent of all teachers for elementary content in recent years. She and her husband Daniel have a son, Sebastian.

Vanessa’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy

“There is space for each child’s unique interests here every day. A daily schedule built around outdoor time, flex time (academic choice time), and a curriculum that exceeds common core standards is the ideal experience for young people! Also, I am greeted by the most adorable woodland creatures many mornings when I pull up from Cherry Bottom Road. I have seen a herd of deer, coyote, squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks, to name a few.”

Little-known fact

The paternal side of my family is from a small village in Italy that cannot be found on Google Maps.”

Favorite sports team

“I love the Columbus Clippers! My family and I attend as many summer games as we can.

  • M.E. Columbia University , Organization & Leadership: Private Schools
  • M.E. DePaul University , Teaching & Learning
  • B.S. Miami University , Business Administration