I am an extroverted introvert who values creativity, open communication, honesty, and humor! Over the last 15+ years I have worked with children between infancy to teenagers as a nanny, babysitter, coach, tutor, 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 they remind me to be curious and investigative, to be silly, empathetic, and vulnerable. Caregiving has taught me about the reciprocal nature of care, how to listen to children, the importance of emotional validation, how to create and uphold boundaries, how to be vulnerable and playful, and endless teachings on patience, love, empathy, consistency, and consideration. Working with children as a caregiver, role model, and best friend has undoubtedly shaped the person I am today, as I have grown insurmountably in helping to foster the growth of every little life of which I've been so lucky to be a part.
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.