Abby P.

Education

The Hartt School of The University of Hartford, B.F.A., Ballet Pedagogy

Childcare Experience

Part-time Nanny
New York, NY, 09/12 - Present
Boy, age 17 months-2 years
After-school Babysitter
New York, NY, 09/12 - 02/13
Boy, age 12; girl, age 8-9
Part-time Babysitter
Hartford, CT, 09/11 - 05/12
Girl, age 2-3
Part-time Nanny
West Hartford, CT, 05/11 - 12/11
Boy, age 22 months-2.5 years
Full-time Babysitter
West Hartford, CT, 05/11 - 08/11
Boy, age 4; boy, age 6
Part-time Babysitter
Chester, CT, 05/05 - 08/10
Girl, age 7-11; boy, age 4-8, boy, age 2-6

Professional Experience

Children's Ballet Teacher
New York, NY, 02/13 - Present
Freelance Modern/Contemporary Dancer
New York, NY, 08/12 - Present
Children's Ballet Teacher
West Hartford, CT, 09/11 - 06/12
Children's Reading Tutor
Essex, CT 05/10 - 08/10
Retail Sales Associate
Waterford, CT, 05/09 - 01/11

About Me

Growing up in southern Connecticut, I made my name as a babysitter for many wonderful local families. Throughout all of high school as well as college, my focus was on schoolwork, many hours of dance classes, and babysitting for several families; balancing all of this was a challenge and a great learning experience for me. While dancing is a huge part of my life, I am also interested in several genres of music, art of all kinds, traveling, cooking and baking (gluten-free sometimes!), being with people, cleaning and organizing, exercising, being outdoors and of course – being with children!

I have experience with just about every child-care position from part-time babysitter to tutor to full-time babysitter/nanny and more! Additionally, I have several years of experience teaching dance to children and have worked as a camp counselor. As a dancer in NYC, I have absolutely loved working as a SmartSitter and look forward to many more wonderful experiences with the network. With a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy, I have extensive knowledge on how children’s bodies and minds develop. Paired with my 11 years of experience caring for children of every age from infants to pre-teens, I have developed a keen understanding of how to help children of any age, shape or size grow, learn and develop. My warm and nurturing demeanor and my true love for children make me a childcare provider that not only children love but parents love too!

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…

Occasionally auditioning for modern and contemporary dance companies. I will also be teaching dance and taking dance classes.

In 5 years, I hope to be…

Teaching dance and dancing full-time in the company of my dreams!

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

Dance Movement, follow-the-leader, puzzles, hands-on learning games, crafts, simple French language skills, singing/songs, baking