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.