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Maya K.

Education

Marymount Manhattan College,
B.A. in Theatre History and Performance Texts, Minor in Business Management
09/14-05/17

Childcare Experience

After-School Babysitter
Brooklyn, NY, 01/17 - 09/17
One boy, age 2.5 and One girl, age 6

Full-Time Nanny
Brooklyn, NY, 11/16 - 07/17
Two girls, ages 16 months and 4 years.

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 02/17 - 08/17
Three boys, ages 16 months, 4, and 6

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 05/15 - 05/17
One girl, age 3

Professional Experience

Assistant Dance Teacher
Teaneck, NJ, 01/12 - 08/13

Pre-school Helper
New London, CT, 01/14 - 06/14

Intern- Broadway Teaching Group
New York, NY, 06/13 - 04/17

General Management Intern- Lyric Theatre
New York, NY, 08/15 - 12/15

Assistant Director- Inwood Shakespeare Festival
New York, NY, 04/16 - 07/16

Greeter- Signature Theatre
New York, NY, 01/16 - 06/17

Assistant Director- Original Musical
New York, NY, 05/17 - 08/17

About me

I'm a recent graduate from Marymount Manhattan College, cum laude, with a degree in Theatre History and Performance Texts, and a minor in Business Management. Professionally, I'm a theatre director, and my long-term goal is to open a children's theatre to encourage early interaction with literature and the classics. I grew up in New Jersey, just over the GW bridge, currently live in upper Manhattan, and have two goldfish named Duck and Moose. My favorite book is Harry Potter (and the Prisoner of Azkaban).

My mother and father are both teachers (middle school and special education), so growing up I spent every waking hour surrounded by education and childcare. As a child myself, I attended an alternative elementary school where I was encouraged to write, academically excel, and spend as many hours outside in nature as possible. I took classes in woodworking and blacksmithing, farming, environmental science, cultural studies in local Native American tribes, and literature from all over the world. This upbringing allowed me to appreciate learning and childhood without being weighed down with the stress and competition of a grade or testing-based system (though I later attended a public high school).

My childcare philosophy centers around the idea of learn through play without the need for technology-based over-stimulation. Instead of watching movies or television, I try to engage with children outdoors, or with project and art-based learning. Every child naturally wants to learn, so together we will cook, make up rhyming poems about things that happened at school, and create our own versions of physical games like capture the flag and soccer, or tell imaginative stories.

One of my favorite childcare moments involved a young girl I sat from the ages of 3 to 5. She was determined to read our bedtime stories aloud herself, but had anxiety over failure, so instead of reading aloud, she would silently mouth the words as I read. After a few weeks over the holiday break, I returned to babysit her again, and she immediately grabbed my hand, pulled me to the couch, and read 10 different books to me. Her parents said how over the break the girl decided she needs to start reading because it must be so tiring for me to read multiple bed time stories, and she wanted to help.


I have professional child care experience with...

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

I will be SmartSitting while...

In my free time, I love to invite friends and neighbors over to cook together and test out new recipes! While I don't have dietary restrictions, I've lived in a vegan and gluten free home and often cook accordingly.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

Working for a children's theatre, or a non-profit classical theatre. I used to be a part of a children's Shakespeare company and realized how young minds are even more able than adults to comprehend performative language. Eventually, I would love to use theatre as a tool for children with special needs, and to build a supportive, loving, and educational community.

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

Reading skills, sports and play without competitiveness. Most importantly, I love building a child's reading skills, increasing their vocabularies, and storytelling.


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