I grew up in Seattle, Washington. I am the oldest of two children and my brother and I are only 20 months apart. As a child I was attracted to the arts and loved singing, music, dancing, and drawing. I also have a lifelong love of the outdoors, spending summers swimming, wakeboarding, and tubing. My father is a chef and as a teenager I began working at my family’s restaurant, a local, upscale seafood and steakhouse. I learned a great deal about cooking, nutrition, and customer service. At the University of Washington, I studied music education and vocal performance. I am a singer and I also play piano, guitar, ukulele, flute, and trombone. I moved to New York City to pursue a master’s in music therapy at NYU and graduated in September 2020. I have always felt passionate that music is a fundamental part of childhood development and well-being. I was lucky enough to combine these passions in graduate school with a focus in pediatric medical music therapy at Kravis Children's Hospital.
I have been working with children for 15 years, beginning as a babysitter in high school. I worked for the same family until I graduated from UW, caring for their two children starting in infancy and continuing through grade school. Along with playing, feeding, changing, and cleaning, I also pet sat. As the children grew, I helped them learn to play musical instruments, took them to swim team practice, and helped with school work. Additionally, I have experience as a nanny for infants and as an au pair caring for a 2-year-old boy in Germany. In both cases I created a stimulating, nurturing, and safe environment. I took them to story time at the library, little gym classes, and the park. I also lead group music classes in New York City sponsored by the Jewish Community Music Initiative for children with developmental differences. I completed music therapy internships at NYU Langone Rusk pediatric rehabilitation, Kindred Hospice, and Kings County Inpatient Psychiatry for teens and adults.
I fully believe in the power of play. Play is essential for childhood development and teaches us that creativity and exploration are lifelong skills which connect us to our inner child and personal identity. My approach to childcare is informed by my aim to meet the needs of each individual and customize my role as caregiver based on family dynamics and culture. My favorite aspect of music is storytelling. As a childcare provider I aim to activate creativity and I find joy in witnessing each child play, dream, learn, and grow.