Martin L.

Education

The New School, Bachelor of Arts / Liberal Arts

New York University

Childcare Experience

After-school Babysitter
Beauvais, France, 11/13 - 04/14
Boy, age 10-11

Babysitter and Tutor
Montreal, Quebec, 05/13 - 08/13
Boy, age 6-7; girl, age 3-4

After-school Babysitter
New York, NY, 11/12 - 04/13
Two boys, ages 15 and 10-11; girl, age 8

After-school Babysitter
Avignon, France, 01/12 - 07/12
Two boys, ages 9 and 5

Professional Experience

Assistant de langue for l'Éducation nationale
Beauvais, France, 10/13 - 04/14

Program Host at Radio Campus Amiens
Amiens, France, 01/14 - 05/14

Permaculture Intern
Montreal, Quebec, 05/13 - 08/13

Writer for Bomb Magazine
New York, NY, 01/13 - 03/13

Art Intern and Personal Assistant
Avignon, France, 10/11 - 07/12

About Me

In the past four years I have explored my interests in education, childcare and senior care, and French through immersion experiences abroad and in New York. I am particularly drawn to work which allows me to exercise my creative capacities within an alternative academic setting, alike my position as assistant de langue in France this past year. After experiences with Horizons for Homeless Children and as a babysitter and tutor in New York for 3 years, which I found intellectually engaging and personally fulfilling, I worked in Avignon in 2011 as an intern to an elderly painter, as well as his live-in assistant and cook. I continued babysitting, which was for the first time bilingual, and taught English to French high school and college students. I discovered French culture, customs, peculiarities, and the wonder of expression in a second language.

My teaching experiences in Avignon inspired me to cultivate this passion, which seemed to come naturally to me, and through which I could use my creativity and energy to help others learn. I continued along this course by working as an assistant de langue in France for the 2013-2014 school year. In my first experience teaching in a classroom, I learned how to involve teenage students in the material and maintain their interest, and encourage them to feel comfortable enough to draw on their potential in the language. For one class we spent 60 minutes discussing magic and watching as Corentin, age 15, performed a series of magic tricks, including swallowing and regurgitating a deck of cards. After the bell rang at hour’s end, Corentin and a couple other students stayed after class to help me put the chairs back up and continue our conversation, and I remember thinking that day that this is something I love doing. In addition to French culture and language, teaching, and childcare, I enjoy vegetarian cooking, organic farming and gardening, hiking, and radio and sound production.

I have professional childcare experience with…

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

I will be SmartSitting while…

Pursuing TEFL certification to teach English abroad and taking an advanced French course.

In 5 years, I hope to be…

Working in French and English (perhaps in France), and tending to my vegetable garden.

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

Include vegetarian and organic cooking, French (I'm fluent), soccer, basketball, cycling and ping-pong, reading, scrabble, memory games, making up very silly stories, gardening, acting, making films, making bread, imitating accents, and creating stand-up comedy routines.