About Me

Hello friend or stranger!

My name is Vanessa and I’ve been living in Shanghai, China since August 2009! I have been married to the love of my life since Aug 2005 and have two daughters, Eve Scarlett and Ivy Jade.

One reason I have been attracted to living in China was because of the Chinese language. The language always seemed very useful and interesting linguistics-wise. I’ve been able to speak, read, and write everyday in Chinese more easily living here and I continue to progress  quickly everyday.

Currently I teach Kindergarten at an international school here in Shanghai. Some of my students are from the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Australia, Slovakia, Sweden, Japan, as well as from China. I feel very blessed to teach to such a diverse group of 5-6 year olds. They make my life better in so many ways and they are the sweetest little things!

I hope one day to return to the U.S. and teach a Chinese Submersion class in Kindergarten. Until then, I continue to enjoy living in China, speaking Chinese and hearing my own daughter use the language so naturally.

Among my interests, I love hotpot, anything Studio Ghibli, zombie flicks, shopping on taobao, collecting children’s books, and finding lesson ideas on pinterest.

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7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Vanessa, Just happened to come across your blog! Loved all the Dr. Seuss activities. Congratulations on the birth of your baby! It is a wonderful time….enjoy every moment because it sure seems to fly by. I have 4 boys and I just don’t know where the time goes sometimes. Please check out my Pinterest boards when you have a free moment.

    Carla M

  2. Thanks for some great ideas. I am currently applying overseas to teach and love hearing how nice it is over there.

  3. Thank you for all of your cute Dr. Seuss ideas!! This is the second year I used all of your great resources.
    I hope all is well with you and your family,

  4. Hi Vanessa. I am Swedish Radios global health correspondent currently doing a story about breastfeeding in China. I was looking for a breastfeeding day picture and found yours here: https://vanessadewey.com/2012/08/07/happy-world-breastfeeding-week/ is it Ok that I borrow it from you please with photo cred to you of course? If yes, it will be published on a web page about my report (sound, pictures and a text in Swedish) on Swedish radios non commercial site (we are public service license finansed like the BBC). Please let me know your answer before March 30. Best wishes. Johan Bergendorff, ********************************************
    Johan Bergendorff
    Global health correspondent
    Swedish Radio
    10510 Stockholm, Sweden
    Email: johan.bergendorff@sr.se
    Twitter: @jbergendorff

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