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Zahra W.


Franklin & Marshall College,
B.A. in Government, Economics and Social Policy

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey,
M.A in International Policy

New York University,
Masters of Public Health

Childcare Experience

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

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

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

After school babysitter
NYC, , 08/18 - 12/-1
Two girls, ages 7 and 10

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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