Westminster Choir College, Voice Performance
New York, NY, 03/13 - 01/14
Boy, age 7 months - 16 months
Babysitter / Full-time Nanny
Baltimore, MD, 05/07 - 07/12
Two girls, ages 3-8, 1-6; boy 0-2
Baltimore, MD, 05/09 - Present
Two girls, ages 5-8, 3-6; boy, age 0-2
Princeton, NJ, 2009 - 2010
Music & Arts Center Sales Associate
Baltimore, MD, 2006 - 2007
Baltimore, MD, 2005 - 2006
I’m a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College where I was a Voice Performance major. I did a lot of babysitting in high school and throughout college, then became a full-time nanny after I graduated. My philosophy when working with kids is that creativity is always the answer! Take the 5-year-old who hated fruits and veggies. I cut up an apple, gave it to her with some peanut butter, and said, “glue it back together, and you can eat it when you’re done”. She looked at me, then at the apple, gave me her “challenge accepted” face, and went to work. Then there was the 1 year old who desperately wanted to paint like his big sister – a crayon just wasn’t going to cut it. I got out a ziplock bag, squirted a little of each color into the baggie, zipped it up, and taped it to the table. I watched as he excitedly smacked his hands against it and moved the paint around with his fingers, amazed when the paint never left the bag. I bring creativity into problem solving situations such as these, but also in the fun activities I plan during the day, such as imaginative play, arts and crafts, building forts, making up games and songs, having picnics in the park, etc.
We always have fun, but safety is definitely my top priority when taking care of children. I’m very attentive and always ready to jump into action if a situation should arise. On one occasion, a two year old I was watching started choking on a tootsie roll that his mother had left as a reward for him using his potty. He wasn’t coughing or making noise, so I quickly grabbed him and performed the Heimlich to get the candy out of his airway. He and his sister didn’t panic because I didn’t panic, and the situation was quickly forgotten as I found a calming activity for the kids to do while I called their parents to notify them of the situation. While it’s important that the parents know their child is safe, it’s equally important that the child trusts me and feels secure under my care.
Aside from safety, my main goal is for the kids to have a good time and get something out of our time together. Because I was a voice major in college and singing is such a great passion of mine, I love bringing that into nannying by teaching kids fun songs they can learn easily and proudly teach to their family and friends. It also means that implementing a regular nap-time schedule is no problem; I know lots of great lullabies. I currently intern at Two Tomatoes Records, which produces the music of the popular children’s group, The Laurie Berkner Band. I love being able to go to their concerts and see the kids light up when they go onstage, there’s nothing like that.
My favorite part of working with kids though has always been watching them grow and learn new things over time! I watched one little boy since he was born. I remember singing to him, and all he could do was look up at me and smile. Now, he calls me to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and tell me all about what he’s doing in preschool. I feel so lucky to work alongside the parents and really get to be a part of their child’s development! I’m so excited to be a part of SmartSitting and look forward to meeting you and your family!
- I have professional childcare experience with…
Infants, Toddlers, Pre-school aged children, Elementary school aged children, Multiples
- I will be SmartSitting while…
Performing and further exploring a career in the music industry.
- In 5 years, I hope to be…
Starting my own record label!
- Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children…
I'm a certified Music Together teacher and can play variety of instruments. I also love to bake, do arts & crafts, make up stories, play games, and go for walks in the park.