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Sarah J.

Education

University of Colorado-Boulder,
BFA Fine Art

School of Visual Arts,
MFA Fine Arts

Childcare Experience

Parti time/After School Babysitter
Brooklyn, NY, 11/13 - 01/15
Girl, age 9-11

Part-time/Substitute Babysitter
New York, NY, 09/14 - 05/15
Two boys, Ages 3 and 8; One girl age 6

Nanny
Boulder, CO, 11/11 - 06/13
Boy, age 3-5

Part-time Babysitter
Boulder, CO, 08/11 - 06/13
Boy, age 5-8

Substitute Pre-school
Boulder, CO, 12/12 - 06/13
Ages 1-9

Professional Experience

Teacher's assistant (School of Visual Arts)
New York, NY, 08/14 - 12/14

Artist assistant
Brooklyn, NY, 08/13 - 12/14

Artist assistant
Boulder, CO, 09/10 - 06/13

About me

As a nanny, I believe that a foundation built on trust is the most important matter. A child is much more likely to enjoy their time away from their parents if they are with someone who they know will protect them and they can be themselves around. Through working with a wide array of children over the years, I have learned that every child is profoundly different and each one has their own quirks, and interests. I love getting to know what these things are and then use my own creativity to plan activities accordingly. For example, the last little girl I worked with had the dream of becoming a fashion designer so I helped her transform a space in her room into a designer's studio and taught her how to collage designs out of magazines. I also worked with a boy who was obsessed with presidential history so we would just sit and read plot out historic landmarks on maps for him to hang on his bedroom walls.
I want the kids to look forward to spending time with me like they would a friend but also trust and respect me like they would a teacher.

Aside from working with children, I am an artist. I recently got my MFA here in New York. My work is often inspired by the minds of children (how they see the world and process difficult situations). I would love to share more of this with anyone who wants to hear about it. I feel I have the same wildly curious mind that children have and I've used that as a conduit into my artwork and my studio.

My health is also something that is extremely important to me and I try to teach the kids I spend time with to value theirs as well. I'm very active with yoga, spinning, and dance and love to cook healthy and nutritious meals for myself and for the families I work for.


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Preteen
  • Teenagers
  • Multiples
  • Special Needs

I will be SmartSitting while...

working in my studio, sightseeing in NY, yoga, going to galleries and museums, playing with dogs, cooking, visiting farmer's markets, going to the beach

In 5 years, I hope to be...

This is a hard question...I think the biggest thing I wish for myself is stability. I will ideally be married and at least considering having kids of my own. I also hope that I still have the artistic drive that I have now and have not let the New York art world defeat me.

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

The most important thing I want to teach children is to be themselves. I like to teach them how to be creative in their endeavors. One of my favorite things to do with kids is have them feel like they are teaching me something. If they are really into hockey or Star Wars (I use those examples from past experiences) I will pretend I am blown away by what they are teaching me and will plan activities based on what they've shared with me. I feel this keeps them excited for us to hang out together.


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