John K.

Education

Rutgers University

Pratt Institute, B.F.A Writing

Childcare Experience

Full-time Nanny
Denville, NY, 05/09 - 09/09
Girl, age 13; boy, age 8

Professional Experience

Dog Walker/Trainer
New York, NY, 04/13 - Present

Server
Farmingdale, NJ, 09/12 - 04/13

Ice Cream Truck Operator
New York, NY, 05/12 - 09/12

Office Assistant
Freehold, NJ, 05/11 - 09/11

Computer Lab Manager
New York, NY, 09/10 - 05/11

About Me

Since graduating from Pratt Institute, I’ve been an ice cream man, an obituary writer, a busboy, a dog trainer, and an unpaid intern, but it’s my experiences as a poet, a teacher and a friend that make me a great sitter. I understand the value of engaging and harboring the imagination of each child. I have experience working with a wide range of kids, including children with autism and other special needs, as a nanny (live-in and live-out), babysitter, coach and tutor. I pride myself on my ability to have fun while keeping a level head.

When working with kids, I’m devoted to creating a clear-cut, safe environment first and foremost, then laughing, learning and creating within that environment. As a poet, I value the way children speak and think. It inspires me, surprises me, and reminds how wonderfully unique we all are. I believe in listening and patience. I believe in creativity—I sing, play ukulele, piano and guitar, and am something of a literary pundit. I’m also a huge dog lover and host/organize a reading series in my apartment.

I have professional childcare experience with…

Toddlers, Pre-school aged children, Elementary school aged children, Middle school aged children, Children with special needs, Multiples

I will be SmartSitting while…

Writing, performing, and publishing poetry.

In 5 years, I hope to be…

Pursuing an M.F.A in poetry or working as an editor.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children…

Writing, drawing, crafts, creating in general, science, math, baseball, basketball, football.