I have been caring for children for the past 7 years. During my first year in college, I took a tutoring job and concentrated on tutoring middle school and high school students with my former school district in Tucson, AZ. Our goal was to help students excel academically, while also preparing them for college. Being able to share my experience and make a difference in the lives of so many students, was the defining moment in my life that made me realize that I really enjoy working with children. I continued tutoring for the next 2 years, until my class schedule at the University of Arizona made it impossible for me to keep working.
The following summer, I became a preschool Teacher's Assistant and Afternoon Teacher. I worked with children of all ages, ranging from 1-10 year olds. Because of my schedule with school, I initially planned to only work the summer, however, I ended up staying for the next 3 years. I love working with children - I love being able to watch them grow and become more expressive day to day. I love exploring new ideas and teaching them concepts that are foundations for future success in school. Working at the preschool has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I still love working there whenever I go back to Arizona to visit.
As a teacher's assistant, I was able to meet many families who needed nannies and babysitters. During my second year of working at the preschool, I became the nanny of a precious 2 year old girl. As her nanny, I would get her ready for preschool, made sure she had her appropriate number of meals, I built a great relationship with her teacher in order to communicate her school performance with her parents, played and worked on art projects together, and occasionally spent a couple overnights with her. From that point forward, I also became a consistent babysitter for four families. I have a great relationship with all families, and continue to stay in contact with them and their children. I think it is crucial to have a good relationship with the family in order to understand and respect the child-raising and parenting beliefs and values of the parents. I believe that in order to be a nanny, one must love and enjoy the company of children to provide the nurturing love and warmth that every child deserves.