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LBCC and Summer Theatre,
Three semesters: Performing Arts, Film, Writing

CTC (Texas),
15 credits in Early Childhood Development

Oxford University,
Two-Year UDip in Creative Writing

Columbia University,
MFA - Writing Program

Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Art

Childcare Experience

Part Time/On Call Sitter for Multiple Families
New York, NY, 06/09 - 01/17
6 months to 15 years old

After-School Sitter
New York, NY, 09/13 - 07/14
Child, age 8

After-School Sitter
New York, NY, 01/11 - 07/13
Child, age 3.5 - 5

YMCA "Childwatch" coordinator
California, , 12/02 - 08/03
Ages 6 months to 8 years

Boys and Girl's Club: Art/Crafts and Homework
California, , 09/02 - 12/02

Montessori Teacher Aid
, California, 01/02 - 08/02
Ages 2-5

Preschool Teacher (Two locations)
Texas, , 01/99 - 12/99
Ages 2-5

Professional Experience

Arts and Literacy Teacher and Consultant
South Africa and remotley from New York (Seasonal), , 11/00 - 01/17

Special Education Instructor
Ages 11 to 18, New York, 08/14 - 06/16

Creative Writing Instructor
Columbia University Summer High School Program, New York, 05/09 - 08/12

About me

I am a Zimbabwean-South African writer with a background in education, community development and the arts (musical theatre, movement, film, arts and crafts). The later includes studying Arts therapy in London for a year.

I've always been passionate about childcare and education and have worked with youth for about15 years. During this time, I have resided and studied in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Like many, I came to New York for graduate school and couldn’t seem to leave!

Over the years I have nannied, taught and co-taught pre-school (including Montessori), summer high school and undergraduate creative writing. I have also instructed students with learning differences at a private prep school in Manhattan. Now, I tutor and teach enrichment classes (ages 5-8) part time, while I work on creative projects.

I always come back to caregiving and education. I love how curious, funny, honest and creative children are. They keep me energized, uniquely engaged with the world, and I get immense satisfaction from contributing to a child's healthy and happy development.

Lastly, I'm an advocate for child-centered, individualised learning and imaginative play, and like many parents, I believe you are never to young to start building critical thinking skills and positive social interactions. I learned a great deal about helping students hone these skills as a teacher.

Some of the activities I enjoy sharing: literacy skill development, making epic illustrated stories together, playing games and singing songs, exploring the city and the great outdoors, and making art and craft projects galore!

Thank you for reading and best of luck on your search,

I have professional child care experience with...

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

I will be SmartSitting while...

teaching, reading, crafting, swimming and enjoying the company of good friends. Sometimes, I co-design curricula and consult for an art & literacy non-profit in South Africa on an as-needed basis.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

still be making a difference in education, selling more of my writing and art, and traveling.

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

I encourage children to share their own interests, to improve their reading and writing skills and to build fun craft projects. I also tutor, help with homework and academic skill building. This is includes expressive and receptive language and working on areas in the realm of executive functioning. I aim to share my playful side with my students while also modeling constructive ways to problem solve and develop better social- emotional awareness. I'm a huge proponent of practicing compassion and good manners. (Thanks Mom!) Lastly, I share my love of nature walks, museums, staging plays, and more recently making stop-motion animation.

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