I started babysitting at 15 years old when a neighbor asked me to look after her three children. On a Friday evening in Long Island, I began my childcare journey which would continue for 10 years and counting. That evening, my maternal instincts, acquired from observing my mom and my aunt's care for their own children, suddenly emerged. At this moment, I felt an immense amount of gratitude for the inspirational women in my large extended Italian family. From camp counselor to full time summer nanny or part time sitter during the school year, my high school and undergraduate years were filled with many fun-packed hours working with children in a multitude of settings.
When I was a young child, I had quite the green thumb, at least my mom tells me. At 1 years old, my mom would find me with my hands elbow deep in the dirt of her houseplants. I enjoyed feeling the textures in my world, which explains why I loved trips to the beach. When the weather wasn’t suitable for the beach, my brother and I would play dress up or cook together in our play kitchen. Growing up, I was always a conscientious student. My academic achievements have always been really important. I graduated high school in the top 10% of my class with an advanced diploma. After high school, I was awarded a merit scholarship to attend Loyola University Maryland. After a year in Baltimore, I transferred to Fashion Institute of Technology in order to pursue a more creative degree. I lived in NYC during my three years at FIT, while simultaneously working as a Residential Assistant for the college, babysitting, and interning. At FIT, I studied the history of fashion and art, fashion merchandising, advertising and marketing.
In 2017, I graduated FIT with Magna Cum Laude honors. After I graduated, I began working at a Media Agency. After a year, I felt the marketing and advertising industry was not the right fit for me. I missed working closely with children so I decided to go back to school to earn a masters in teaching to influence and shape the next generation of children.