I have been working with children since I was a child myself. My mother is a physical therapist and, when I was young, she would regularly bring me along to house calls, calling us a "team". Often, my mothers clients would have kids of their own and while they were engaged in therapy, I would watch over their children, playing games, keeping them them occupied and out of trouble. Eventually, at the age of 12, this lead to my first job as a Mothers Helper: Wednesdays and Fridays, after school.
By the time I was in High School, I was a regular date-night babysitter for a wide age-range of children, from infant to elementary. My primary clients were a family with two children, a little girl, age 2, and her brother, age 4. In addition to being a part-time nanny, I began volunteering at Art Access, a program that offers a creative outlet for the children of battered women and victims of Domestic Violence. During this time, I also started a chapter of ICL (Institute for Civic Leadership) as an extra curricular at my school, offering leadership training to my peers, inspiring them to believe in a cause and feel as though they were capable of making positive change in our world.
Through College, I worked as a nanny for one of my professors and her daughter, age 7. In the Summer of my Freshman year, I got a job at a day camp as their Art Instructor. There, I organized lesson plans and lead classes for 4-5 groups of children each day, ranging from 4-9 years old. In the three Summers following, I worked as a bunk counselor for girls ages 6-9 and print media instructor in the fine art department of a summer camp, leading classes for boys and girls 6-16.
After college, I began working within the field of my diploma, Fine Art. I interned with top New York galleries, Lehman Maupin and Gagosian, working respectively in public relations and project management, assisting in a large Picasso and Francoise Gilot exhibition. While I was able to learn an extraordinary amount during these gallery experiences, my primary take-away was that the Fine Art world doesn't make me happy. Currently, I am revisiting the idea of going back to school and have been researching Graduate programs to get my Masters in Education. I aim to be enrolled in the Winter or Fall of 2016 and until then, I hope to spend my time doing something that I feel is validating: creating positive and influential relationships with children, encouraging and expanding their interests while pushing them to grow to be the best that they can be.... namely, being your nanny :)