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MaryKate G.

Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,
Acting Shakespeare Classical Theatre Intensive

Fordham University,
B.A. in Philosophy and Theology, with honors

Childcare Experience

After-School Babysitter
New York, NY, 08/18 - 08/19
three boys, ages 13; 10; and 7

Part-Time Sitter
New York, NY, 02/19 - 08/19
girl, age 1.5

Summer Program/Outreach Co-Coordinator
Sacramento, CA, 08/17 - 07/18
Groups of 10-30 children, ages 3-15

Part Time Babysitter/After School Caregiver
New York, NY, 09/15 - 06/17
Two girls, ages 1.5 and 3 and one boy, age 5

Full Time Summer Nanny/After School Babysitter
New York, NY, 08/16 - 04/17
One girl, age 10

Weekend Babysitter
Philadelphia, PA, 09/12 - 05/13
One boy, age 8

Professional Experience

Full Time Volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp
Sacramento, CA, 08/17 - 08/18

Assistant Canvas Director, Grassroots Campaigns
Philadelphia, PA, 06/15 - 08/15

About me

To begin with, the short and sweet…

From rural Colorado, to New York City, to Northern California, my work in childcare has lead me to children of all ages who come from a diverse array of backgrounds, familial situations, and walks of life. The many different experiences I've had with the families I have worked with have all shaped the core practices that define my approach to childcare. My philosophy centers on creative and imaginative play, storytelling, holistic child development practices, and positive discipline techniques. I value giving each child the freedom and space to explore and learn in a self-directed way, while also setting appropriate boundaries and expectations. I want each child that I work with to know that they are safe, respected, supported, and loved when I am with them. Every child I have the privilege of getting to know is a source of joy and growth for me personally- something that I always consider to be a beautiful gift.
And for a slightly more detailed version….

My experience working with children began in the Summer of 2015 when I was part of a two-week service immersion project to rural, South-Central Colorado. My group stayed and worked at a shelter and transitional housing program there, part of which included an after school program and enrichment center for children whose families were living at the shelter. Before this experience, I hadn't sought out opportunities to spend time with children. During those ten days in Colorado, I fell in love with the kids that we spent time with and came to realize that working with children was a vocational calling that I needed to explore more itnentionally!

Upon coming back to New York at the end of that Summer, I began to work as a sitter for families in the city. The time I got to spend with the children I cared for became a part of my routine that I valued immensely for my final two years of undergrad. I continued this work regularly until I graduated from Fordham University (with honors and a BA in Philosophy and Theology) in June of 2017.

I then moved to Sacramento, California to work at the Mustard Seed School--a private, temporary, prek-8 school for children whose families are experiencing homelessness. I supported the students and parents at Mustard Seed in a variety of ways, including morning and afternoon transportation, accompaniment to doctors' and dentists' appointments, and one-on-one work with some of our emotionally and behaviorally higher need students. This experience was the most challenging, fulfilling, heartbreaking, and joyful year of my life, and it was an immense privilege to patiently and lovingly accompany the students at Mustard Seed along a small part of their life journeys.

Since returning to New York from Sacramento, I've been lucky enough to continue to form beautiful relationships with the families I've worked with through SmartSitting. I'm always excited to get to know new families and begin a new journey together!


I have professional child care experience with...

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

I will be SmartSitting while...

I consider working with children to be a central part of my life and identity. It is something that brings me joy and provides me with inspiration everyday that I do it. With that, I am an actor, director, photographer, painter and potter! My work as an artist is primarily focused in theatre, but I find myself in the pottery studio just about as often as I find myself in the rehearsal room. You might also find me going for long runs in Fort Tryon park, baking bread, or working at Trader Joe's.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

I work to seek out spaces where theatre, community, and justice meet. My work explores the connections between performance, empathy, and change. In five years, I hope to have concrete outlets where theatre-makers and community members meet to tell stories, heal, laugh, and grow!

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

When I started babysitting for families in New York City I found that one of my favorite parts of spending time with the kids was all of the beautiful, creative, inquisitive questions they asked. I love activities that that spark children's imaginations and make them wonder and dream. This can be anything from making up stories with them, playing imaginative games, reading aloud together, putting on a play, or building a fort in the living room--with the parents' permission, of course! I also have experience planning and implementing an arts-based summer program for the students at The Mustard Seed School, so I would love to engage in any visual art the children wanted to explore--from painting, to photography (kids love disposable cameras), to clay, to even just good old crayons and white paper. Kids love creating art, and I love doing it with them!


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