I grew up in Michigan, the youngest of 6 children. My brothers were quite a bit older than me so I spent most of the time with my sister. When I was young, I loved exploring outside. Michigan is a lovely environment, you get the best of the seasons. I wanted to grow up to be a chef, and while that goal changed I still love cooking today. This year, I graduated with my Bachelor's in Anthropology from Arizona State University; I have always been interested in human behavior and evolution. I think my studies help me relate to all people, not just children.
I moved to New York in January 2019 to work with a family with two boys. They were 10 and 13 when I started. Because they were older, it was a lot of driving to activities and homework help for the kids. I also did house management tasks for the parents like researching repair companies or talking to vendors for parties. During this time, I also worked with a family nearby with a 1 and 4-year-old. That was more play and active time. I made many meals and snacks for both families! Before that, I was in Los Angeles and started work with children at a place called Giggles N Hugs. It's very high energy activities and a great place for kids to socialize. I was always leading dance parties or group crafts. Also, during my time in LA, I tutored children experiencing homelessness with a program called School on Wheels. When I left LA, I was in the UK briefly and nannied for about 5 months for a 2-year-old boy. He was nonstop energy and we'd go to the park or the train station (he was fascinated by trains) everyday. Then I had to say goodbye to him and his family when I came back to the U.S. I have infant and adult CPR certification.
I love working with children because they're generally honest with their concerns and emotions. Watching them develop new knowledge and skills each day is a wonderful thing to do. In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, live jazz, puzzles, and exercise. I try to share these interests with the kids I work with, they're usually interested in a good book or walk in the park.