Growing up with two younger brothers marked the beginning in my childcare experience. I would help prepare meals, read stories, and come up with imaginative games to play with them -- and had a great time doing so! The enjoyment in helping with my brothers led me to begin babysitting as a teenager, and working as a camp counselor over summer vacations.
Professionally, I have been nannying in New York City now for over five years and have loved working with many diverse families in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and caring for children from newborns to almost-teens. I maintain strong relationships with families I have previously worked for, and continue to babysit on occasional nights and weekends, because it is important to me to stay in touch with the children with whom I have built strong relationships!
My undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing and Film Studies lend well to imaginative play with children, as I love harnessing my inner creativity to develop engaging games, art projects, and stories. I am currently obtaining a Master of Education degree in Mental Health Counseling and use the skills I have learned to incorporate developmentally- and age-appropriate modes of play which also harness growth and learning. I am enthusiastic about doing everything from finger painting to museum outings, diaper changing to potty training, letter recognition to homework help, and playground adventures to Central Park picnics. After years of working with children, I have found that the best work environments come from creating an open, yet structured space in which the children feel safe and understood, and where fun and exploring are at the forefront of the time we spend together.