When I was little, my favorite games to play were house and school. I was always the mom or the teacher. I began babysitting for family friends at the age of 12 and continued through high school. In college, I was blessed to nanny for a family with three wonderful little boys. I graduated in 2015 from Arizona State University with a degree in education and began my first year of teaching as soon as I graduated. I truly enjoyed my time teaching my third graders, and I learned so much about myself and how to connect with kids in a variety of ways. I had to learn how to teach students who were at all different levels as well as how to motivate them to want to learn, but there is so much more to teaching than just educating students. I had to connect with my kids on an emotional level and help them through times of struggle and hardship. I had to create trust as well as a safe environment for my students to come to everyday. I was able to establish rules with my students and execute a disciplinary plan when rules were broken.
I made sure that my third graders understood that I deserved respect from them, and they deserved respect from me. It is so important to me that kids are treated the same as any other human being. They may be younger than me and they may be under my care, but we are equals. While I loved teaching, I have always had another dream that had been put on hold due to my education. I have always wanted to move to New York City. I decided to put my career on hold and make the dream a reality. I am loving my new life here in New York but I miss those connections and light bulb moments with my kiddos. I would love to find a family to work with so I can continue to make those amazing connections.