I am an extroverted introvert who values creativity, honesty, open communication, and humor! Over the last 16 years I have worked with children between infancy to teenagers as a nanny, babysitter, coach, tutor, teacher, and camp counselor. I absolutely love working with children, fostering their growth and development, and providing holistic support to the families for whom I provide care. I am highly organized, punctual, excellent at anticipating needs, proactive, intelligent, resourceful, engaging, creative, attentive, communicative, responsible, compassionate, and driven.
I love working with children because I learn a vast amount about myself through our interactions. Kids remind me to be curious and investigative, to be silly, empathetic, and vulnerable. I absolutely love serving as a caregiver, role model, and best friend and never take for granted the relationships I get to cultivate with children and their families.
I hold a Masters Degree in Gender Studies and Feminist Research and a bachelors degree in Women's Studies with a minor in Human Performance and Sport. Relevant child-related coursework includes Child Development and Emergency Care and First Aid Training. Additionally, I passed the teaching certification Praxis Core Academic Skills For Educators (CASE) Exams:
Reading, Writing, Math with near perfect scores, as well as the Praxis II Early Childhood Content Knowledge Exam.
I will be SmartSitting while...
When I'm not caring for kiddos, I spend being outside as often as possible, reading feverishly, writing, growing vegetables, spending time with family and friends, biking around town, playing soccer, making veggie meals, going on weekend getaways, swimming, camping, and seeing live music.
In 5 years, I hope to be...
Working towards becoming a certified nurse midwife. Midwifery and radical reproductive justice work would combine my background in gender/feminist studies with my desire to continue to work with and support families in holistic and compassionate capacities.
Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...
I love to garden with children, teaching them how food is produced and all of the labor that goes into what ends up in our stomachs! I really enjoy cooking healthy, vegan/vegetarian meals with youth and involving them in the process as much as possible.
I also love teaching soccer skills to kids whether it's showing a two year old how to kick a cone down with a ball or honing foot skills with a 10-year-old.
Other activities I enjoy doing with children across a broad age range include going on bike rides, swimming, reading books, writing and illustrating our own stories, doing art projects, singing, and being goofy together. With infants I love wiggling around on our tummies, taking walks, going to book babies and music classes, finger painting, and making silly faces.