by Isabel C '14

Staff Member of the Month: Ms. Vanessa Rabines

Where are you from? What is your background?
I’m Peruvian American. I guess that’s what you would technically call it. My parents are Peruvian and I was born here.

Do you have any siblings? how many? do you get along with them?
Yes, I have two siblings. An older brother and an older sister. We get along very well.

Really? Are you lying?
Yes, really and no I’m not lying. I mean me and my sister used to fight, not me and my brother when we were younger, but we’re adults now.

How would you describe the kind of music you listen to? Favorite band?
I don’t think I have a favorite band, I like to listen to chill music: r&b, soul, something that’s pleasing to my ear nothing raunchy or loud.

What would you consider to be ‘raunchy or loud’?
Something that I can’t understand basically most of the music from now.

Why did you choose to work here?
I technically didn’t choose to work here, I had worked at queens vocational for a year, then got laid off, then when I was reassigned back to the board of ed I was sent here.

What do you think of the students? Be honest.
To be honest, I enjoy working with this group of students because if they were rowdy students I’d probably be a very mean person.

What’s your favorite place to eat?
Favorite place to eat ooo, I like Thai food a lot, anything spicy.

What’s do you do in your free time?
Well in my free time I do yoga once in awhile, I like to walk, and I like to just relax and sit at home and hang out with friends or whatever.

Vanessa you have friends?!
Yes I have friends… I have A LOT  of friends.

Tell me about your son.
For those of you who’ve never met him he’s eleven years old, he is a wonderful kid, he’s growing up too fast, and he better call me soon. Other than that he’s a very respectful boy.

Ever plan on teaching him spanish?
I don’t know about that one, he’s taking it now in school.

Who is your favorite BSGE staff member?

What is it like to share an office with Virge?
THE. BEST. THING. EVER. (she said sarcastically)

Where is the best place you’ve ever traveled?
I enjoy the caribbean now as a an adult, but I can say visiting france as a kid i remember because I have family in paris I didn’t appreciate it, so that’s one place I’d want to revisit, because I remember all the places I visited like the eiffel tower, Napoleon’s mansion like I remember these places I went to but I didn’t appreciate it because my mother was just like taking me there; I had to go.

What’s your favorite thing to do in NY?
You know a nice walk in the city at night like after you’re hanging out with friends.


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