Kateri B.

Education

Long Island University, PsyD Clinical Psychology

Columbia University, EdM, M.A. Counseling Psychology

The George Washington University, B.A. Psychology, Minors in Art History and French Language and Literature

Childcare Experience

Babysitter
New York, NY, 09/08 - 08/10
Girl and boy twins age 2; girl age 5

Nanny
Paris, France, 05/06 - 08/06
Two girl, age 5 and 2

Babysitter
Westchester, NY, 09/99 - 08/03
Three boys, age 7, 4 and 4 months

Babysitter
Westchester, NY, 09/99 - 08/03
Two girls, age 7 and 4

Professional Experience

Graduate Student Therapist
Brookville, NY, 09/12 - Present

Mental Health Specialist
Brooklyn, NY, 08/10 - 07/12

School Counselor
New York, NY, 09/08 - 06/10

Research Assistant
Seattle, WA, 09/07 - 07/08

Barista
Washington, DC, 09/06 - 07/07

About Me

My experience working with children extends fifteen years, to when I began babysitting as a high school student. Since then, my educational and professional pursuits have focused on children, whose upbeat energy and positivity are constant motivators. Courses I have taken in developmental psychology provide a framework that help to inform my understanding of childrens’ developmental levels. In addition, I have had special training in working with children with special needs through my doctoral classes. As a guiding rule, I believe that my effective communication with both children and parents is the key to a good interaction and relationship.

As a caregiver, I am not only responsible and reliable, but also engaging and creative, always looking for fun ways to foster growth and learning. Whether it’s making cookies or mud pies out of dirt, taking your child and dog out for a stroll, or jetting to the nearest jungle gym, each day is lively and fun. One of my fondest memories is of a summer I spent in Paris, France, where I was a live-in sitter for a family in addition to interning at an art gallery. This experience was immeasurable in that it solidified my fluency in French and provided me valuable insights into the cultural aspects of French family life. I believe that understanding and affirming your family’s values is critical to my role as an excellent caregiver.

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…

Earning my doctorate in clinical psychology.

In 5 years, I hope to be…

A licensed clinical psychologist working at a community agency and private practice part-time. I also hope to be starting my own family.

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

I have lived in France and am fluent in French. I enjoy both teaching this language as well as speaking it with native speakers.

I love music- both playing it, dancing to it, and attending live shows. I had a scholarship to play bassoon in college and I also used to play the violin. I often find myself humming or singing as I go about my daily life! Encouraging an appreciation of music is important to me.

In a similar vein, I have a minor in art history and am passionate about the visual arts. Rainy days at art museums are a pleasure, and I enjoy educating children about art movements and famous artists.

I keep active, and frequently boulder, hike, cycle, practice yoga, and run. Growing up, I was a 3-season varsity athlete, playing volleyball, soccer, and indoor track. I'm signing up for a summer soccer team and am enthused about reengaging with this team sport. With kids, activities can range from wiffle ball to jump rope to scooters...

To relax, I enjoy crafting, especially re-constructing clothes. In general, with children I find it fun to repurpose materials such as cardboard boxes and turn them into houses, play with play-dough, make mobiles out of pipe-cleaner and beads, make leaf rubbings, press flowers, etc.

I like to cook fresh and healthy vegetarian meals (although I think I end up scanning the food blogs more than I actually cook!) and I definitely give in to my sweet tooth now and then with homemade dessert concoctions.