I've been around children my entire adolescent and adult life (as the eldest of six children), and I am my absolute happiest caring for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. I take my childcare jobs very seriously and am very much focused on multidisciplinary education. As far as I am concerned, the most important thing a child can be taught is how to socialize. My most central philosophy as regards caregiving is one of compassion and empathy, particularly in frustrating circumstances. I pride myself on my patience, compassion, and loving demeanor. With that said, I am also a firm disciplinarian and believer in consequences that correlate with behavior. I find that children learn best through play and exploration of their environment. When you're with me, we use nice hands and nice words and if we can't do that, we play by ourselves until we're ready to use nice hands and nice words. When we find ourselves in a frustrating situation, we work through it. I'm also huge on positive reinforcement of positive behaviors and I love hugs, cuddles, high fives, knuckle punches, thumbs ups, and sincere and heartfelt words of praise. In caring for a child, I am contributing to the foundation that this child will have for the rest of their life, and I want my contribution to be a healthy one.
I've spent approximately a year working as a preschool teacher's assistant in two private preschools and I have an additional three years' worth of private nannying experience with children aged 6 months up to 9 years old. I have also worked as an in-home respite care provider for an adult with severe mental and physical disabilities.
Initially, I went to Cornell University, majoring in Biology with the intention of pursuing Pre-Medicine, however, I currently attend Columbia University part-time working towards a bachelor's degree in some field related to Women's/Gender/Sexuality Studies, Race/Ethnicity Studies, Human Rights, or Sustainability. I am a vegan and I try my best to consume mindfully wherever and whenever possible. I have two adopted cats whom I love tremendously.