While in high school, I began tutoring middle school students while volunteering with a non-profit, educational after-school program that valued the ability of having students teaching students. It was there that I recognized the importance of giving back to my community by uplifting the youth. I still stand by this ideal today, and have continued to do so while working with children in various environments. I have worked with children in all stages of development, from infants to teenagers. My experience has taught me that children thrive when they have caring adults that work to understand them while setting firm boundaries. That trust along with motivation and exposure to opportunities students can achieve, lead children to want to do their best for themselves. I strongly believe in the value of self-empowerment. In my five years working in middle school, I have experienced the value in these relationships, by leading by example and balancing between nurturing and having firm expectations for children. Along with my teaching/childcare experience, I am also well versed in office management skills.
I also enjoy cooking and baking. I have been a pescetarian for about 4 years, but still enjoy cooking for all types of eaters. I have a great appreciation for the arts, having grown up playing music and dancing as a child, and these are activities that I still appreciate.