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Zahra W.

Education

Franklin & Marshall College,
B.A. in Government, Economics and Social Policy
09/02-05/06

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey,
M.A in International Policy
09/07-05/09

New York University,
Masters of Public Health
09/10-05/13

Childcare Experience

After school babysitter
NYC, , 08/18 -
Two girls, ages 7 and 10

Part Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 08/16 - 02/17
One girl, age 3 weeks

Part-Time Babysitter/Tutor
New York, NY, 04/10 - 09/15
One boy, age 8

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 04/10 - 09/15
Two boys, ages 5 and 9

Full-Time Babysitter/Tutor
New York, NY, 07/15 - 05/16
One boy, age 8 and one girl, age 9

Professional Experience

Mount Sinai West Hospital
New York, NY, 05/16 - 03/17

Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY, 03/13 - 07/15

About me

Nannying comes naturally to me and it has always been evident to me that I was meant to work with children. I attended high school in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, where I started a theater class for children between the ages of 2-7. This is where my love for children stemmed. I am also the founder of an orphanage in Tanzania, and spending time with the kids fueled a deep desire to want to be around children. For as long as I can remember, nothing has made me smile the way I do when teaching and playing with children.

My experience covers the spectrum from babysitting to running children's classes, camps, and tutoring. I have babysat all through college, graduate school, and post-grad. It was such a great way to work a job that I thoroughly enjoyed. I have tutored 4th and 5th-grade classes at Hunter, as well as babysat between the ages of 3 weeks to 12 years of age.

I love being able to enrich the lives of children by establishing a healthy routine, wherein we can learn through play, exploration and traditional teaching methods to achieve developmental milestones. I have taken the skills I have learned over the last 10 years and implemented them as a professional babysitter over the last 7 years here in New York City.

I have been a competitive athlete for the last 8 years. I started off as a crossfitter, and then began Olympic lifting and power lifting. Being an athlete has really made me disciplined in a lot of areas of my life. Aside from sports, I love live music, dance, and I have recently been very much into meditating.

I strongly believe in molding children's minds through examples, and teaching rather than disciplining. I want to be able to creatively show a child right from wrong. I am not afraid to get dirty whenever working with children, whether it be outside in the park or at home with hand paint. I want children to be able to express themselves through whatever means they feel most comfortable, and I want to be able to enrich that.


I have professional child care experience with...

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

I will be SmartSitting while...

Training at the gym - I also coach and I love the feeling you get when someone is empowered when they get stronger. I am very much interested in fighting cancer through physical fitness, and I spend a lot of time with cancer patients. I LOVE to cook - I am always experimenting in the kitchen.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

I would love to own my own gym - building the gap between cancer and fitness. I believe a strong body can fight illness. I would also have specific classes just for children :)

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

I love to guide children to express themselves, either through art, music, theater. I also believe it is an effective way to teach. I would play a lot of games with children, working on social emotions, mindfulness, friendship lessons and self-esteem building activities. I am a visual learner, and I would engage the kids in anything visual and creative.


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