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Giancarlo M.

Education

University of Central Florida,
B.A. in Radio and Television Production

Upright Citizens Brigade,
Completion of all levels in Long Form Improv

People's Improv Theater,
Sketch Writing

Childcare Experience

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 09/14 - 09/16
One boy, ages 4-6

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 03/17 - Present
One girl, age 2

Professional Experience

Director (animated series)
New York, NY, 03/13 - Present

Youth Tennis Teacher
Tampa, FL, 06/98 - 06/04

Segment Producer at Nickelodeon
Orlando, FL, 08/02 - 04/03

Consultant
New York, NY, 01/12 - 12/14

Director of Research (for Educational Media)
New York, NY, 09/05 - 09/15

About me

My career for over a decade was working in children's education as a researcher. My specialty was working with children, either on a one-on-one basis or with entire classrooms. What does "working" mean, in this case? I spoke with children to learn what they enjoyed learning about in school and what they enjoyed doing at home. My job was to find how to make learning feel more like play. Often I would have the pleasure of just watching kids teach me how to play their favorite games or how they used technology (games, iPads, computers).

I think I was able to have a successful career in this industry because I was and am fascinated by how children see the world. In addition to working as a researcher, I’m also an actor so my outgoing energy and sense of humor really help kids feel comfortable around me!

I'm also reminded of when I was a youth tennis teacher. It was my job to make sure children learned the sport in a way that kept them from hating the sport. I started playing tennis when I was 2, and was playing tournaments by the time I was 5 years old. By the time I started teaching I was well aware of the pressures of competitive sports. While working with children either individually or in a group setting, the most important lesson I taught on the court was the balance between learning and playing. If I did my job correctly, and I believe I did, children discovered how to enjoy tennis while not feeling constantly critiqued.

I dedicate my time to working with children because in my heart I still am one -- and watching them learn and hearing them conversate has just never stopped fascinating me.


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Preteen
  • Teenagers

I will be SmartSitting while...

Performing comedy in almost any capacity! I perform sketch and improv at the People's Improv Theater here in New York City. I also do stand-up comedy all over NYC. Outside of performing, I deeply enjoy games, running, tennis and my sweet pup, Pelusa! I keep a daily meditation practice and if I'm really on my game, find time to make to yoga more than one a week.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

A full time content creator. I'm currently developing a children's animated series about science for ages 10-12. I spent so much of my time with children in a learning environment, my long term goal is to create content that kids can learn from without feeling like they are being forced to learn! The same way I felt watching great shows like Sesame Street or Beakman's World.

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

I love listening to children, and I think it's important for every child to grow up learning to communicate their thoughts and ideas as best as they can. Kids learn so much by watching behaviors, so I try to demonstrate patience, tolerance, and love for oneself and for others. I also encourage them to keep their imaginations alive! Of course, lots of children do not have any problems expressing their imagination but at certain ages, certainly when school becomes a part of their daily lives, their imaginations can start to feel “silly” or unimportant; I certainly remember that happening to me. I also remember my parents and specific teachers who taught me to never stop imagining and creating. I think that reminder is paramount for any young mind.


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