I grew up right outside New York City in Westchester, with my older sister and family guinea pig! I took a year off after high school and spent half of it in the backcountry of Mexico and the other half volunteering at a nursery school in Tel Aviv. I went to The University of Vermont and got my Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies concentrating in gender and sexuality. After graduation I became a supervised visitation monitor at a domestic violence organization in a rural county in Vermont which allowed me to apply the theories, I learned in college to real life families.
I started babysitting in high school when I was about 16 and was mainly a date night sitter for families in my neighborhood. I then spent many summers teaching swimming skills and water safety at summer camps. The ages ranged from 3 to 12 years old. I am still a certified lifeguard! In college I was a swim instructor and lifeguard at the local YMCA and taught children ages 3-7 swim skills. During my senior year of college, I started babysitting for my figure skating coach’s son starting when he was about 9 months old. I was an as needed sitter for the family and my depended on what time of day I was looking after him. During the day I would play with him, give him snacks, take him to the park, feed him lunch, put him down for a nap. In the evening, I would go through his bed time routine including reading books, brushing teeth, and changing his diaper.
I have been involved in some kind of childcare for much of my life and intend to continue to work with families for the rest of my career. I have a unique background that allows me to connect with kids in a special way. My goal is to facilitate a fun atmosphere where kids can develop into socially just members of society, they are our future after all!