I am an elementary school teacher. I just finished my first year teaching third grade in the School District. As my contract was a temporary contract, I am having a difficult time securing a position for this next school year. Before I taught third grade, I completed my student teaching in a first grade class as well as a fourth grade class.
I started babysitting my younger siblings and neighborhood kids when I was 10 years old. There were multiple families on my street with 3 or 4 kids. In high school I had numerous teachers ask me to babysit their kids, including my swim coach, my brothers' football coaches, and then, many of their neighbors. I started working at a coffee shop when I was 16, and all the moms I worked with solicited me to care for their kids. One coworker in particular with 4 young kids, referred me to one of her best friends from high school who was looking for a nanny. So, in 2008 I started working for her part-time watching her 4 little girls. She is a teacher and she job shared, so I was working Monday, Tuesday and every-other Wednesday. In 2009, the other teacher who she job-shared with called me because her daycare was closing down. She needed me to watch her 2 little girls for the school year on the remaining days of the week. In 2010, both of the moms moved to full-time work, so they trusted me as a full-time nanny for their 6 girls. I also brought my cousin's infant with me. In February 2010, their ages were, 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7!! The older 3 went to school and I brought the 4 year old to preschool and to dance lessons. The others all came with me to the zoo, museums, parks, pools, libraries, and other various places. In September of 2010, I continued to juggle those two families, plus another family with two children! The three families lived close enough to each other so that they were able to drop their kids off at the designated house I was going to be at that day! It was a crazy schedule working for the 3 families, but it worked so perfectly! I loved the consistent change, and I loved the challenge of creating a schedule for the kids that worked every day.
During the summer of 2012 I was an assistant teacher at my cousin's home daycare center. I taught the two-year old classes and helped out with the preschool activities. In the fall of 2012 I moved with my husband to San Diego to finish my student teaching practicum and to earn my degree in elementary education.