Over the last few years, I have realized that working with children is what I am truly passionate about. Therefore, I have decided to pursue a full-time nanny position while I go back to school on a part time basis to earn my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.
I have been a caregiver for numerous children over the years including, but certainly not limited to, high-energy eight year old boys, infants, and mentally challenged children. While in high school, I was a dedicated babysitter during the school year and a full-time nanny in the summer months. The excitement was endless as I juggled the care of three small children, a hermit crab, a hamster, and a pug newly diagnosed with epilepsy. What some people call overwhelming became a comfort zone for me. The children’s expectation for when I came was that we would do something fun, adventurous, creative, or just playful. I always enjoyed interacting with the kids, teaching them new things and developing a lasting relationship. I like to make things fun and find creative ways to motivate children to do the not-so-desired activities such as brushing teeth or worse yet, eating vegetables.
I am patient, understanding, and can connect with just about anyone. I’ve been a camp counselor at numerous camps and have coached children of varying ages in many different sports. I have always been an athlete and I enjoy playing sports and keeping active. While in college, I was a varsity athlete, captain of the ice hockey team, dedicated student and cum laude graduate. But I always found time to be involved in volunteer work. I participated in a program where I was a tutor and mentor for underprivileged inner city children. It was extremely rewarding to build relationships with the children and watch their development, both academically and socially. In addition, I was involved in the Best Buddies program which gave me the opportunity to be a caregiver and friend to mentally challenged children. It was a blessing spending time with these children. I learned so much about myself and saw how much of a difference just a little love and care can make in a child’s life.
I grew up with three siblings and about a dozen different pets. It is important to know I am a huge animal lover. People joke that I treat my dog no differently than I would treat a human. My Utopia consists of three simple elements- Children, Animals and Fun! I know I am capable of fulfilling the role of what a caregiver/nanny should be, but I want to go beyond that. I am studying to become an Elementary school teacher not simply to teach, but to make a difference and positively impact young lives. It is my gift, it is my passion, and I now realize it is everything I have ever wanted to do. I want to not only be a teacher/nanny, I want to be a role model whom children will remember.