Hello! I just completed my undergraduate degree at Columbia University. I studied English and Visual Arts, and I also spent a lot of time working in Education at places like the Museum of the City of New York. As a babysitter, I most enjoy that I get to live kid's stories with them, and can help them recognize their own agency in their lives. In school, I focused on English and studio art classes in photography, while also dabbling in other mediums like painting and sculpting, which put questions of creativity and empathy in the forefront of my life. Therefore, as a sitter, I love actively asking questions of kids, which help them engage and develop their own perspective in the world, and also help us to establish fun activities that are personal and interesting. For example, we'll make up and design, and craft our own board game around certain questions or interests the child has, or cook up some inventive snack when a kid wonders what different flavors taste like together, or make a cool art project or science experiment with their favorite legos or toys. I also love to play act, make songs on instruments, and generally be improvisational and in the moment with kids.
I've worked as a swim instructor, tutor in reading, writing and math, and as a science olympiad team coordinator and teacher for middle schoolers. I've also worked with kids in gardens and on cooking, and have spent some of my summers in Scotland working on my Aunt and Uncle's farm. Some of my favorite activities with kids I've done was recently developing theater and art work shops for Syrian refugees and German school students, where through theater and photography we asked them to creatively and empathetically engage with their position in the refugee crisis. I've learned to communicate with kids in situations where they are vulnerable and unhappy, like at swimming lessons, and turned their experiences into positive and fun ones. I've especially come to learn that simplification of challenging activities and moments into digestible bits for kids is essential, and most importantly, being goofy. As a sitter and someone who works with kids, humor and play are my most distinct traits, and I typically try to take up a role with kids where I appear as a friend.