I just moved out to the Bay Area from Massachusetts and sadly left behind an amazing family of 6 (children are ages 4, 4, and 6), and a wonderful 2-year-old boy that I had been nannying for. I moved here to get my Masters degree in Infant Mental Health at Mills College, but for now am focusing on settling myself in and enjoying my life as a nanny and artist.
I have been nannying for the past year, and was a camp counselor and an educator for the past four years. I've been the arts and crafts coordinator at two nature focused camps while I lived in Western Massachusetts, and am incredibly passionate about doing art with children! Some of my favorite activities to do with kids are wool felting, making our own mobiles, book binding, painting, clay sculpture, or making our own playdough! I love the challenge of adapting different projects for children of different ages or skill levels. At Hampshire College, I wrote and illustrated my own children's books on a series of gender and health related issues.
My experience spans a broad range that extends beyond just nannying. I have also spent a considerable amount of time working in schools. I was the co-creator of an afterschool art program at an elementary school, interned teaching health classes at a middle/high school and running their GSA, taught lessons on family traditions in a kindergarten class, and was a substitute teacher at a Montessori pre-school. These different experiences have allowed me to grow and gain a broad range of knowledge and techniques for working with children of many different age groups and backgrounds.
I pride myself on being reliable, available, and creative. I love coming up with new and exciting things to do everyday with the kids I'm working with, and not just being someone to watch them, but to be a teacher and a nurturer. I have worked with children ranging from ages 2 to 12, and in a variety of settings. I'm flexible, adaptable, and extremely open and communicative.