Afshaan R.

Education

Columbia Teacher's College, M.A. Art and Art Education

Skidmore College, B.S. Studio Art, B.S. Psychology, Minor Art History, English Literature

Childcare Experience

AfterCare Lead Teacher
New York, NY, 09/10 - Present
Children, ages 3 - 11

Occasional / Summer Babysitter
New York, NY, 2011 - Present
Boy, ages 8-12

Occasional / Summer Babysitter
New York, NY, 2011 - 2012
Two boys, ages 5 and 8

Professional Experience

AfterCare Lead Teacher
New York, NY, 09/10 - Present

Creative Director
Brooklyn, NY, 2011 - Present

High School Art Teacher
New York, NY, 09/09 - 06/13

Handwork Assistant
New York, NY, 09/08 - 06/09

About Me

When I was in early kindergarten, I ate glitter. Shook the container over my mouth and swallowed a mouthful. My teacher, horrified, came running over, snatched the precious glitter container out of my four year old hands and screamed “What are you doing!? This is poison! You can’t put this in your mouth!”. Clearly, she didn’t know that once ingested, glitter, much like watermelon seeds, will grow in your tummy and then turn your skin into a sparkling mass, shimmering in the sunlight, twinkling in the moonlight. Basically, swallowing glitter would turn me into a star. I would shine forever.

Obviously my teacher was silly and didn’t deserve my quite logical explanation of why I ate the glitter. Instead, all she got was “Well, it’s really none of your business,” before her face turned red, her eyes widened with disbelief and she sent me off to the corner for a time out.

Fast forward to the present. I don’t eat glitter, but I certainly still dream big.

I view sitting as lesson plan of sorts. Each experience is based on the last. I think that consistency in relationships is important for kids and I value being able to work with the same children as they grow.

For the past four years, in addition to teaching High School Art at the Rudolf Steiner School, I’ve been the lead teacher for the AfterCare program (which I started in 2009). My approach to aftercare has always been less about filling time and more about understanding the needs of the children (many of whom are regulars) and providing experiences that speak to their individual personalities while helping them develop creatively, emotionally and intellectually. I often take kids to museums, teach art, tell stories and help them problem solve in various situations.

I have professional childcare experience with…

Infants, Toddlers, Pre-school aged children, Elementary school aged children, Middle school aged children, Multiples

I will be SmartSitting while…

Working the AfterCare Program at a private school in the city, working on my namesake jewelry line and being the Mama to my pup Dexter!

In 5 years, I hope to be…

A successful jewelry designer who has inspired children to work hard and dream big.

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

Knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing, textile design, printmaking on fabric (silk screen, stamping, resist, silk painting), printmaking on paper (litho, wood block, lino cut, silk screen), drawing (all mediums), painting (all mediums, stone/wood carving, metal work, jewelry-making, bookbinding, basket-weaving, ceramics (handbuilding), cooking, baking, making awesome mixed tapes, writing, reading, improv/acting and turning frowns upside down.

I also consider manners and emotional intelligence teachable skills!