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Jillian C.

Education

The New School,
B.S. in Liberal Arts with a psychology focus
Certified in Creative Arts Therapy

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy-- LA, CA,
Acting for Stage, Film & TV

The Upright Citizens Brigade,
Improvised Comedy

Childcare Experience

After-School Babysitter
New York, NY, 01/15 - 11/15
One girl, age 6

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 09/12 - 11/15
One girl, age 5

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 06/15 - Present
One boy, age 4

Temp Sitter (through an agency)
New York, NY, 10/11 - 06/14
1 to 4 children, 3 months - 15

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 11/12 - 03/13
One girl, age 3

Live-In Nanny
Reno, NV, 05/06 - 09/06
2 girls & 2 boys, ages 3, 5, 9, & 12

Professional Experience

Field Researcher at Columbia University
New York, NY, 06/14 - 01/15

ImaginAction Apprenticeship
Palomino, Colombia, 07/13 - 09/13

Research Assistant
New York, NY, 09/11 - 08/13

Lab Leader at International Center for the Disabled
New York, NY, 06/12 - 11/12

Server at Sarabeth's
New York, NY, 06/08 - 03/10

Actor/Producer at Hollywood Fight Club Theatre
Los Angeles, CA, 01/08 - 06/08

About me

I was lucky enough to grow up in a wonderfully large family. I was one of four children, and my father one of eleven (so I have lots of cousins!). As a child I was often looked after by various family members. I still can remember the games I would play with my Granny, who was the Sand-witch, and all of my cousin Greg’s adventures we would go on in the local parks. My father, a special education teacher, taught me my times tables through song at the ripe age of four and I can still recite them by tune to this day! I was never talked down to because of my age and my thoughts and feelings were always respected. I look back and realize how special my own childhood was because of how my family used play and humor to teach and engage the children in our family. As a childcare professional for the last 10 year, it amazing to be able to engage children of all ages in this same way. Children need this play to learn and grow, and it is an incredible experience to be a part of it.

In college I studied Creative Arts Therapy, which has given me context for a lot experiences that children go through in different developmental stages. My college experience was truly life-changing, to study and see firsthand the transformations and healing that the arts can have on a person or community. After I graduated, I was fortunate to be able to travel to a small village in Colombia with a theatre group and participate with the community in a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop and performance. I specifically worked with the younger children (4-6-year-olds) of the village. It was a fun and hilarious experience as I didn’t speak very good Spanish and they didn’t speak any English—my clearest communication with the kids was through facial expression and physicality. We had an absolute blast playing theatre games and acting out scenes in two different languages. The language obstacle taught me that isn’t so much as what is being said or done, but rather what the intention is behind the activity.


I have professional child care experience with...

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

I will be SmartSitting while...

I am a writer and filmmaker. I spend much of my free time writing screenplays. I also am judge for a popular screenwriting competition, so when I am not writing usually I am reading scripts. I also love doing yoga and running outdoors!

In 5 years, I hope to be...

Still writing and working on my own creative projects. I image that working with children will always be a big part of my life, if not in childcare, then in a artistic setting.

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

I am big fan of being outdoors and being active! I enjoy playing games (both indoors and out), reading aloud, making up stories, and creating in any media. I also adore doing homework with kids (I am a big geek!). I think it's so important to have a variety of people explaining/helping with homework concepts as sometimes it's the little thing that makes it click for the child.


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