Vanessa López holds a Masters in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of Art and has over five years of experience in urban and diverse settings. She has served as Maryland Art Education Association Middle School Division Director and as a Leadership Educator in the Arts Discipline (L.E.A.D.) Teacher for Baltimore City Public School System.
López acts as a mentor to colleagues and student teachers serving as a Cooperating Teacher for several area Universities and Colleges and as the Maryland Practitioner Teacher Program Art Content Seminar Leader for the Baltimore City Teaching Residency from 2007 to 2008. She has presented at both the national and state level and most recently acted as the 2010 NAEA National Convention Program Coordinator and was named MAEA Middle School Art Teacher of the Year.
She has been published in the Art Education Journal and newly published book, Culture as Commons. Under her tenure, her school, Roland Park Elementary Middle, has been awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence on Art Education Award (State level - 2008-2009), the Visionary School Award from Young Audiences (2009) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award (National level 2010 - 2011).