Rachel W.

Education

CUNY Brooklyn College, M.F.A. Performance and Interactive Media Art

UC Santa Barbara, B.A. Dramatic Art, Minor - English

Childcare Experience

Part-time Babysitter
New York, NY, 02/13 - 06/13
Boy, age 15-19 months; girl, age 4-5

Part-time Babysitter
Brooklyn, New York, 6/09 - 9/10
Boy, age 3-4

Part-time Babysitter
San Diego, CA, 06/07 - 11/08
Three boys, newborn, age 2, age 4

Part-time Babysitter
Santa Barbara, CA, 09/05 - 06/06
Boy, age 6-7

Summer Camp Drama Specialist
Santa Barbara, CA, 06/05 - 08/05
Children, ages 10 - 13

Camp Counselor
Santa Rosa, CA, 06/04 - 08/04
Girls, ages 9-11

Professional Experience

Freelance Editor
New York, NY, 01/13 - Present

Freelance Theater Director
New York, NY, 09/10 - 08/12

Musical Theater Teaching Artist
Brooklyn, NY, 04/12 - 08/12

Office Manager
New York, NY, 05/12 - 9/12

Assistant Music Teacher
New York, NY, 10/11 - 3/12

About Me

I am a theater director and writer with many years of experience as a babysitter, camp counselor and teaching artist. Since graduating with an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 2012, I have been seeking a position that is challenging and ever changing, which requires imagination and will keep me on my toes. I find working with kids to be ideal.

As a teacher for Audra Rox Musical Theater, my classes cultivated literacy, social skills, communication, creativity, self-expression and self-esteem through creative play, drama, music and story telling. I helped students act out their favorite stories through music and drama and we performed them for their families. I have also taught 2nd grade Sunday school where I built a curriculum to teach positive values in a fun way, through interactive games, performances and collaborative art projects.

I encourage curiosity, collaboration, positive expression, exploration, discovery and fun while maintaining a safe, structured environment. I lead by example and model respectful behavior and a positive, responsible attitude. I believe that mutual respect is crucial, and I always learn as much from working with kids as I hope they are learning form me. I admire their courage and curiosity, and am always inspired by their fresh perspectives and insights. I write fiction for and about children, and enjoy telling and hearing stories. I think storytelling is an important method of making sense of the world, as is cultivating communication skills and community.

Since I was a young teenager, I have been babysitting children of all ages, from infants to pre- teens. I have enjoyed many activities with the children I babysat, from creating scavenger hunts, performances and writing music together to ice-skating and learning to surf! Along with directing theatre and writing fiction, I enjoy animals, vegetarian cooking, playing guitar, jogging in Prospect Park, reading, traveling to new places, and volunteering on public art projects. I am always striving to learn more about childcare and education, through literature on the subject and sitting in on classes and visiting afterschool sites.

I have professional childcare experience with…

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

I will be SmartSitting while…

Directing and producing theater and doing some freelance writing and editing (I make my own schedule so can plan around babysitting!)

In 5 years, I hope to be…

Running my own theater company or nonprofit involving arts and activism!

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

Reading, writing, theatre, music, film, photography, story-telling, mythology and folklore, animals, nature, hiking, travel, art, healthy vegetarian cooking.