I've been working with children as both an instructor and babysitter for the past 5 years. I began my career as a movement teacher at Playgarden NYC (an enrichment facility located in Tribeca). While at Playgarden, I taught classes for children as young as 11 months and as old as 7 years and prided myself on being a fun and enthusiastic role model in a facility where children could learn how to socially interact with other children and adults. I developed a strong bond with a few of the families that attended my classes and began babysitting on a routine basis.
My experience at Playgarden led to a job as pre-school teacher and after-school instructor at Bija Kids, a yoga based children's center located in Clinton Hill. At Bija, I helped the program coordinator develop a curriculum for the pre-school with a focus on the environment and how it plays an integral part in our daily lives and creative expression. The after-school program consisted of fun and engaging activities that could be tailored for children of varying ages. I worked extensively with large groups of children ranging in age from 3 to 8 years and developed techniques that catered to each age-group. Part of the after-school program was to assist in homework help and teaching responsibility through tasks appropriate for young children.
I continued babysitting while working at Bija and still do!