University of San Francisco, B.A. Media Studies, Emphasis: Video Production, Minor: Film Studies After Val graduated from USF in 2007, she turned to her passion in education and volunteered with the Peace Corps. As an English Language Resource Teacher in Macedonia, she exchanged cultures and inspired students through the art of storytelling. From this rewarding experience abroad, she's learned many things about herself. For one, she strongly believes in using media and theatre as educational tools to build students' literacy skills, self-esteem and awareness of the world around them. Through still and moving images, she strives to capture beauty in diverse cultures, be a voice for social justice and empower women and children around the world. Her work takes her across the United States, Latin America and Europe, where she has the privilege to document individuals positively participating in life. And soon, she'll have a masters degree in International Education from NYU, with plans to design and lead children’s arts programs that bridge cultures through storytelling.