My mother is a pediatric anesthesiologist and she has always said that we share a talent, that we are "baby/child whisperers". I am flattered by that idea but I believe that it's because I operate intuitively. I strongly believe in learning through experience, by being observant. I know how to be the adult but also to listen and take all sides into consideration. It's also valuable to breed awareness, stop for a moment to explain and discuss the situation thoroughly. Especially in this town where all aspects of life move at lightning speed, it's a tall order to always be present and patient.
My real experience with children has been in the last five years. Working alongside a teaching artist in early childhood centers around Brooklyn was when it really clicked, in a very broad sense, I am a teacher. My background and training is in art, playing a role in the development of another person's creative exploration and practice is so gratifying. I recently left my full time role as an assistant to the dean of the middle school at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights. I was wary of this age at first, I had never worked with pre-adolescent children, and the recollection of my own experience was not very encouraging... tough times for everyone. It soon became very clear to me why I had ended up in this position by chance. I bonded with my first class pretty quickly, they taught me so much. I recognized their struggles and was compassionate towards what they were/are working through. The classes that followed did the same. I am still working at Saint Ann's, coaching middle school girls soccer this season- which goes until the end of Oct. I am also subbing classes and teaching a high school seminar course called "Women Hold up Half the Sky", about the importance of empowering and educating girls worldwide.
Aside from art, teaching and children, I love to cook. The last few years I have really taken to farmers markets, picking up unfamiliar produce and figuring out what to do with it is so fun. I have been putting an effort towards buying local as often as possible, being conscious of ingredients in pre-packaged/pre-made foods, and minimizing waste. I practice yoga very often and love to be outside, I just moved close to prospect park which is very exciting.