I grew up in Colchester, Vermont and graduated from Mt. Mansfield Union High School. I spent much of my time as a child outdoors, riding my bike, or taking my dog on adventures. The middle child of 3, I have an older brother and a younger sister. I spent my summers by Lake Champlain doing water sports and swimming. Throughout high school I worked as a personal care assistant with a young girl who has special needs. I played Varsity Field Hockey and Tennis in High School. I then attended O'Briens Aveda Institute and graduated the Spa Therapy Program.
I felt as though my calling was teaching children, so I took the Para Pro Test and became a Highly Qualified Paraprofessional. I worked as a para educator for two years in an elementary school, working with children who have special needs, many of whom are non verbal. My students were in 3rd-5th grade. After this I became a substitute teacher for K-8th grade. I did this for about a year and a half. Then I moved to Brooklyn and became a nanny. I worked with a family whose children were 8 years old, picking them up from school each day. I always helped with homework and brought them to their extracurricular activities such as piano, ballet, tutors, tennis etc. I helped the family with light house cleaning and their groceries every week. I stayed late at least once a week or whenever they asked. I cooked for the kids each night and most nights for a family of 6.
I will always be a kid at heart and spending time with children and teaching will always be something I love. I love adventures and being challenged. Being around children everyday is a new learning experience and rewarding opportunity.