Hello! My name is Violet Slepoy, and I am a recent graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a minor in Philosophy, in December of 2017. In February of this year, I will be moving to Turin, Italy for 3 months to teach English to Italian high school students in a public school. During my time in college, I worked at both the Renwick Gallery, which is a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and had a summer internship for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
I come from a very large family. In total, there are six children in my family, three of which are younger than me. I spent much of my middle school and high school years taking care of my younger siblings, as both of my parents worked full-time. Taking care of three younger siblings, one of which was an infant when I was 8 years old, taught me valuable skills. I am highly cognizant of the needs of sensitive infants and young children. In addition, I worked as an assistant camp counselor from the age of 11-15 at a summer camp in Rockville, Maryland. The group of children I was tasked with ranged between the ages of 2-7. Although they were not newborn infants, I believe I have the experience necessary to cater to the needs of very young children and infants. I believe I have the sensitivity, emotional maturity, and intelligence to help care for a young infant.
I am an artistic, creative person. I am an avid reader, and I love to write poetry, essays, articles, and prose. I had an article published in the Smithsonian online publication this past summer on the power of circus costumes. Further, I love to paint, create origami, and illustrate costumes. My family is of Russian and Ukrainian ancestry, and I can speak Russian conversationally, as well as write and read the Cyrillic alphabet. I hope to learn Italian fluently, as well!
I would love for the opportunity to work with your family, and help care for your child or children. I am available as soon as mid-May of 2018. Please consider me as an eligible applicant. I greatly look forward to hearing from you soon!