Vanessa Nelson-Reed

Dr. Vanessa Nelson­Reed serves as the Federal Program Administrator in the Federal Programs Monitoring and Support Division at North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Her subprograms include the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program and the ESEA programs for Neglected and Delinquent Youth. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education and K­12 education administration. She has managed and monitored Federal programs for Career and Technology Education (Perkins) and special education (IDEA). In her consulting capacity, she conducted compliance visits for 21st Century Learning Center, special education and Title I programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership Studies from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.  Specific information related to the grant program includes administering IDEA Part 619 funds to Head Starts and school districts from 2005 through 2011. This included approval of applications that funded activities to service children with disabilities ages 3­5. Currently, Dr. Reed monitors and provides technical assistance to school districts that operate PreK programs as part of Title I of ESEA.