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Ethan M.

Education

Eastern Connecticut State University,
B.S. in Elementary Education
B.A. in Visual Arts concentrating in Printmaking

Childcare Experience

After-school counselor
Vernon, CT, 10/10 - 06/15
Children, ages 5-11

Camp Counselor
Vernon, CT, 06/11 - 08/13
Children, ages 4 and 5

Camp Director
Vernon, CT, 06/14 - 08/16
Children, ages 4 and 5

Professional Experience

Cashier
South Windsor, CT, 09/15 - 08/16

Pre-Student Teaching
Tolland, CT, 09/14 - 12/15

Student Teaching
Hartford, CT, 01/16 - 04/16

About me

I have been working with children for seven years, however I have been providing childcare since I was in elementary school and going to daycare; I would always help out in the rooms with younger groups of children whenever I could. Throughout my time working with children, I have enjoyed helping them learn through experience so the child could explore their own learning strategies. I believe that knowledge gained upon the child’s own discovery is much more valuable than if I were to tell them exactly what to do. Growing up, I was a very creative child and I was constantly doing things outside the box. When my own exploratory methods were not in line with what the teacher wanted me to do, I would get frustrated and not fully understand the predetermined way I was expected to learn. Experiencing this, I would not want another child to experience the same thing, so I like to foster creativity and the creativity I experienced as a child has followed me into my adult life.

As well as being an Elementary Education Major in college, I was a Visual Arts major. Art is my passion and my hobby, and I enjoy introducing various art media to children so that they can explore their own creativity and learn that there are limitless possibilities to what they can create.
I have worked with children from age 3 to 13 in camp and elementary after-school programs, as well as student teaching in a 3rd grade classroom. In the after-school programs, I helped children of all elementary grades complete their homework successfully as well as engage them in group games and crafts. I have worked for seven years in a camp for children ages 4-5 as a counselor, assistant director, and director. During camp, I am responsible for four counselors, 30 children, and navigating them safely throughout their entire camp day as we go from activity to activity.


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Twins
  • Multiples
  • Special Needs

I will be SmartSitting while...

When I’m not babysitting I’m usually creating art; from photography to screen printing, creating art inspires me and gives me a creative outlet. I also like to laugh with friends and provide a helping hand whenever I can.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

In five years I hope to still be living in New York City and teaching in an elementary school.

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

I love sharing various art media with children. From water color paint to simple printmaking processes, children can learn a lot from the different art processes without realizing they are learning! I also have been a camp counselor for seven years, so I am well versed in all of the traditional camp crafts, from friendship bracelets to mod podge. I also enjoy going to museums and galleries in the city, and I would love taking children to see art from different time periods and discussing what they think about the art!


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