I am a natural care-giver at heart. I love to be of service. Growing up, my mother used to run an daycare during the summer at our home. She took the time to learn how to respect each child as an individual. every child left our home feeling safe and excited to return. I pride myself on bringing that same energy to each family I work with.
My first independent experience with childcare came a bit later when I was in high school. I had an elective called Eagle's Nest. In this program I would curate activities for children ages 6-13 to participate in. The activities would be specific to age range and cover a host of topics from anti-bullying campaigns to extremely fun holiday crafts.
My focus of study at university was Theatre Performance. I received my Bachelor in Fine Arts from Marshall University. When I began working professionally, I was introduced to the magical world of children’s theatre and teaching through theatre. It completely changed my outlook and revealed extended purpose to my passion of performance. When I accepted a position with Virginia Repertory Theatre, I fell in love with the out-pouring of curiosity and genuine joy from the students. My cast members and myself would curate interactive activities that would occur before and after shows to explain the content in a fun and energetic way and to provoke thought and critical thinking about what they experienced.
When I moved to New York, I began working with families that needed sitter after school and during the summer. Most of the children I cared for ranged from 13 months to 10 years old. I have spent a lot of time assisting with homework, preparing lunches, going on fun and safe park visits, and playing a lot of make-believe. My main goal is to listen to the parents of the children I watch and to enforce their values. I also wish to carry on the tradition of my mother's daycare by making sure every child I am caring for feels seen, heard, and respected.