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Michael L.

Education

The New School,
B.A. in Writing

Childcare Experience

Manny
New York, NY, 10/13 - 02/16
One boy, age 9

Manny
New York, NY, 01/11 - 11/12
Two boys, ages 13-months and 2

Manny
New York, NY, , 03/10 - 12/12
Two boys, age 5

Professional Experience

Freelance Scriptwriter
New York, NY, 12/15 - Present

1st Grade Associate Teacher
New York, NY, 02/16 - 06/16

6th Grade ELA Lead Teacher
New York, NY, 06/16 - 11/16

About me

When my parents are babysitting my nieces and they aren't quite sure how to handle a situation: they call me!

I first began babysitting over 15 years ago and have been working with children as a manny or teacher since graduating college in 2009. It is a huge point of pride that I am still very close with all of the families that I've worked with in the past.

My goal as a manny is whole-child development. I develop children's social skills by having respectful, open-ended conversations. Emotional development comes from listening, naming, and never negating their feelings. Physically: I can run around and play sports at the park all day and I make sure they're eating plenty of healthy food. For mental development, I enjoy reading to kids (especially in my silly voices!), I ensure homework is complete and tutor when necessary, and I love playing all kinds of game.

I use my humor to engage and my patience to support. I take my responsibility as a male role-model very seriously so I'm constantly studying and reading how I can best serve a child's needs. Whether I'm helping a toddler learn how to put on his shoes or showing a pre-teen the respectful way to order at a restaurant, I always have a micro and a macro lesson that is aiming to build awareness, confidence, and self-reliance.


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Preteen
  • Twins
  • Special Needs

I will be SmartSitting while...

...going to a coffee shop and writing, rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders, going for a run in Prospect Park, watching sports, seeing an improv performance or a comedy show, cooking, or reading.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

...a published author! My degree is writing and I've been working on a couple stories (a novel for adults and a graphic novel for pre-teens) on-and-off as my work schedule has allowed.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...

...playing sports (I've played just about every sport, short of jai alai at one time or another in my life, so a lot of my time with kids is spent on a field, court, or rink of some sort), building Legos (you give me some blocks and I'll give you a spaceship), playing games (card games, board games, word games, any kind of game!), and reading (especially stories like "Harry Potter" where I can do different voices for all the characters).


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