Louise C.

Education

University of Vermont, B.A. Geography and Studio Art

Childcare Experience

After-school Babysitter
New York, NY 03/13 - Present
Two boys, ages 9 and 7; girl, age 5

Substitute Teacher
Burlington, VT, 10/12 - 02/13
Grades K-12

Special Needs Babysitter & Mother's Helper
South Burlington, VT 1/11 - 05/11; 09/12 - 02/13
Girl, age 4-6

Adventure Bound Wilderness Trip Leader
Ellsworth, ME (Travel Camp) 05/12 - 08/12
Co-ed, ages 13-17

Weekend Sitter
Glenburn, ME, 10/11 - 05/12
Male, age 6-7

Offsite After-School Program Coordinator
Glenburn ME, 08/11 - 06/12
Co-ed, grades K-5

Professional Experience

Urban Garden Site Coordinator
Bronx, NY, 05/13 - 10/13

Specialized Community Support Worker
Burlington, VT, 10/12 - 02/13

Co-founder and Managing Editor of Tarratine Magazine
Bangor, ME, 08/11 - 08/12

After School Program Instructor
Burlington, VT, 10/10 - 06/11

Summer Camp Counselor & Wilderness Trip Leader
Fairlee, VT, 05/09 - 08/09; 05/10 - 08/10

About Me

Over the past eight years I have gained professional childcare experience in diverse environments, ranging from a private school to the YMCA, from Manhattan to the Maine Woods, and many places in between. Furthermore, I have a lifetime invested as a caregiver for my younger sibling with Down Syndrome. Cumulatively, these experiences have taught me how to adjust activities according to age and ability, and how to positively provide the structure that is essential for children to thrive and discover their best selves. I celebrate children of all abilities and I am committed to an approach to care that connects kids to physical movement and the natural world. What I love best about working with children is the moments when I am able to help kids make a heartfelt connection to their environment.

I ride my bike for pleasure and for transportation as much as I can, and enjoy traveling to faraway places to go on outdoorsy adventures. Hiking and skiing are my two favorite pastimes. I also run, practice Kundalini and Vinyasa yoga, and eat whole foods to stay healthy and strong. My passion for life is currently fueled into the urban agriculture movement and the movement to provide safe transportation alternatives to cars in the city. This summer I worked on two urban agriculture sites in the Bronx as an intern for the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) New Roots program. Currently I volunteer with Eagle Street Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint as a farmhand. I also volunteer as a theater teacher, program developer and literacy tutor at GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Awareness Center. I continue to cultivate my photographic art practice through classes and a teaching assistant position at the International Center for Photography (ICP). Certainly, I love keeping busy and have a considerable amount of energy to sprinkle throughout the city!

I have professional childcare experience with…

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

I will be SmartSitting while…

Working for a stronger urban agriculture movement and expanding my photography portfolio.

In 5 years, I hope to be…

Gainfully employed as a storyteller and researcher for a non-profit focused on international development.

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

Farming and gardening, Northeastern ecology, Folklore and storytelling, Cooking healthy food, Baking delicious treats, Photography, One minute mysteries, Scavenger hunts, Map and compass skills, Yoga,
Music appreciation, Art appreciation and art history, Classic science experiments, Dancing and movement
Unbridled enthusiasm