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SJ M.

Education

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

IATE,
Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Art

Childcare Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Experience

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

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

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

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 nanny, and teach enrichment classes (ages 5-8) part time, while I work on creative projects.

I always come back to caregiving. 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 a strong advocate for child-centered 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 are: reading, making up stories together, playing games and singing songs, exploring the city, the great outdoors, and making art and craft projects galore!

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


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 create their own illustrated stories, to improve their reading and writing skills and to build fun craft projects. I also enjoy nature walks, perusing and discussing art in museums, staging plays, and breaking into the occasional song and dance. I aim to share my playful side with my students while also modeling constructive ways to problem solve and develop emotional awareness. I'm a huge proponent of practicing compassion and good manners. (Thanks Mom!)


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