I grew up in a diverse community, on a great block in Montclair New Jersey. We were fortunate to live in a safe community that allowed us to play outside and use our imaginations. The group of kids that were part of my daily play was like a tribe and I always looked out for the youngest members. Taking on this role helped me to discover my natural childcare talents which led me to my first job as a mother’s helper at age eleven. I quickly became a popular babysitter in my neighborhood and continued babysitting for families throughout high school.
The families and children that I worked for have shared with me that I have a reputation for being "a great babysitter" and educator. I believe this is because when you're doing something you love, children know it. Not only do I have an extensive experience in childcare and education, but I also have worked with a diverse clientele in professional settings and private homes. I find great pleasure in being in the presence of children. They have a purity and light that I tap into that allows our time together to generally be a positive and fun-loving experience.
Over the years I worked in several jobs that involved kids such as being a specialist director at a YMCA summer camp for two summers, working as a “ Le Nanny” at the nanny center Le Parc Place, teaching Shakespeare to students at a Primary School in London and assistant directing. None of which could have happened successfully without my upbringing. I grew up in a warm, creative home, constantly exposed to art, culture, education, and the great outdoors. I try to interweave these invaluable experiences into my childcare relationships with children. Most importantly, I believe my strongest attribute is my patience and ability to connect with any child. I discovered I had this ability when I worked as a “ Le Nanny”, and had to take on the challenging task of being paired with multiple babies, toddlers, and children each day.
I truly love working with children and more times than not it doesn’t feel like work at all. Graduating from a demanding arts conservatory program and taking classes in improvisation has given me tools to open up children to creative play and learning.
When I am not working or acting, I can be found running by the Hudson River or through Central Park. I love supporting my artistic friends in their performances sprinkled around the city and meeting old friends from Montclair. I love cooking and rifling through books and magazines at any bookstore, exploring vintage shops and going to museums and films.
While I pursue a career in the performing arts, I hope to cultivate relationships with families that find me a good fit for their children. I look forward to discovering these relationships through SmartSitting and look forward to meeting more NYC families.