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Isabella M.


New York University (Summa Cum Laude),
B.A. in Journalism and Latin American Studies

Brooklyn College,
M.F.A in Creative Writing

Childcare Experience

After-School Babysitter
New York, NY, 09/17 - Present
one girl, age 9, and three boys, ages 1.5, 7, 11

Part-Time Babysitter
Brooklyn, NY, 01/17 - Present
One boy, age 6

Part-Time Babysitter
Brooklyn, NY, 03/17 - Present
One boy, age 5

Part-Time Nanny
Brooklyn, NY, 07/17 - 07/17
One girl, age 3

After-School Babysitter
New York, NY, 09/07 - 06/11
One girl, age 7

After-School Babysitter
New York, NY, 09/07 - 05/08
One boy, age 9 and One girl, age 12

Professional Experience

Freelance Book Researcher to Gail Collins
New York, NY, 09/11 - Present

Adjunct Lecturer in Expository Writing
Brooklyn, NY, 01/17 - 05/17

Confidential Assistant (New York Times)
New York, NY, 06/14 - 10/16

Editorial Assistant (New York Times)
New York, NY, 08/11 - 06/14

About me

One of my favorite things about working with children is their immense capacity to learn from the world around them. As a caretaker, I see the immediate impact a positive role model can have on a child, and that inspires me to be the best babysitter I can be. I believe that children must feel safe and nurtured above all else, and only then can they be entertained, delighted, and challenged.

It is my duty as a caretaker to help reinforce a child's self esteem, to encourage them to try new things, and to help them to work at the activities that they're struggling with. As a writing instructor, I've tutored English-language learners and watched their skills progress over the course of the semester. With children, as with college students, I've found that the more I give, the more I get back.

Particularly for pre-school aged children, I believe that play is vital to development. Play teaches social skills, physical skills, imaginative learning, and self comfort. Learning should be fun, and I pride myself on my ability to make a dull-seeming activity engaging. I'm currently a babysitter to several families, including a three-year-old girl and two six-year-old boys, and I love how diverse their interests are (trains, samurai, bunnies, cartography, robotics!) and how each time I see them they're excited to share these interests with me.

I am a patient and kind caregiver, and I find working with children to be inspiring and fun.

I have professional child care experience with...

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

I will be SmartSitting while...

Reading and writing! I'm working on my first novel and finishing my last graduate school course, a War and Peace seminar. I also love the city's museums and off-beat food offerings.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

A published novelist. I would also love to be teaching writing at a university full time.

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

I love to read and tell stories to children and to help them imagine their own. I think it's important to model kindness and patience, particularly among siblings. I love doing art projects with kids, including clay work, building with cardboard, painting, drawing, and making intricate lego cities! I also think supervised cooking can be a fun activity for children and I love having a helper when preparing meals or snacks.

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