I grew up in Central Illinois, the fourth of six kids! I have four brothers and a sister, so I'm very used to rambunctious and energetic households. When I was a child, I was super crafty and outdoorsy. I loved a good playground and dance classes. I was very energetic! Now, I'm in my final year of studies at The University of Michigan. I am working towards my BFA in Directing, and hope to pursue a degree as a Theater Director after graduation. I see Theatre and Arts Education as interconnected to early childhood education and childlike curiosity and play. Theatre, make-believe, and imagination are one and the same. This year, I'm taking a year off due to COVID. I'm hoping to revisit my love for teaching and children by supporting a family as a nanny during this crazy time of remote learning and working from home.
Childcare is in my blood! The Shea women all have a passion for young minds. My youngest brother is now 11, and is on the autism spectrum. We adopted him when he was three weeks old, and since then I have been his sister and nanny after school, on the weekends, anytime my parents were working. During High School, I nannied for my neighbors son, Jack. He was two when I started, and I was with them until my graduation. We would play outside, working on his speech, play in the pool, prep snacks and work on potty training. After High School, I spent a year in Madrid, Spain working as an elementary school English teacher and nannying for a family of 3- Marina, Vega, and Gabriel. I would have stayed with them forever if I could have! We would do swimming lessons, work on English, make crafts and cook together! Their family became a safe haven for me- teaching me the Spanish culture and language. Most recently, I worked for a family in Brooklyn. I assisted remote learning, prepared meals, and wrote supplemental lesson plans for their children's education.
Today, nannying is a different job! During COVID, I believe that what children are missing out on most is time with peers and play. My philosophy as a nanny right now is to get in there and play with your children, while integrating learning and education in creative ways.