My name is Vanissa Akin, and I am the 8th grade science teacher at Industrial Junior High. I graduated from Industrial High School in 1990 and then received a Bachelor of Science Degree and teaching certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I began my teaching career in San Antonio: student teaching at Madison High School and then teaching and coaching volleyball at Jackson Middle School. This will be my tenth year at Industrial.I have been married 22 years to my husband, Jake. We have two beautiful daughters, Katy (17 years) and Jackie (13 years). Katy will be in 12th grade at IHS, while Jackie will be in 8th grade at IJHS. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, baking, gardening, and being outdoors.