I got my first childcare position when I was 11 years old, working in the children's play groups at a local synagogue. The many Saturday mornings I spent with these children were an integral part of my time in middle school and high school. They opened doors, as I made connections with many different families, being welcomed into their homes and their lives to care for their children. They also provided me with a deep sense of contentment as I watched the children with whom I worked grow and mature over my years with them. Over 10 years later, I still think of those children and their families, and the many others with whom I've since had the privilege of working, whether in their homes, or in summer camps, or in transitional moments. I have worked with children of all ages, from infants to preteens, from comforting crying babies and changing diapers to engaging with the intellectual curiosity of older children, and I've found a deep sense of satisfaction throughout. When working with children, I create a safe structured space while engaging their creativity and passions. Although I love the act of reading and the power of a book to open new worlds, I believe strongly in finding the best way for each individual child to prosper, through a variety different experiences.
My organizational skills and attention to detail have been essential in my childcare experience with families, in the community leadership roles I've held, and in utilizing my time to its fullest extent. I am a black-belt in Okinawan martial arts, a student of religious legal theory and practice, and an adventurous cook and baker. As a religiously observant person who lives mostly as a pescatarian, I am well versed in food allergies and dietary restrictions of all varieties. I am also a passionate about environmental issues, and love to recycle and compost.