In 1993 Vanessa McNamara graduated from college in South Africa and then practiced as a speech language pathologist for 15 years. Immigrating to America in 2009, she homeschooled her children for a few years. In 2012 she moved to the San Francisco Bay area, entering the fascinating field of dyslexia, and has practiced as a certified Barton Reading and Spelling tutor for the past 10 years. Seeing the need to help her students not only succeed in reading and spelling but with written expression as well, she became a registered instructor with IEW. It is her passion to see students soar in the area of reading and writing.