To Whom it May Concern:
The following is a record of my work experience, my background, and a list of personal interests. Thank you for considering me to become a part of your children's lives!
My whole life I have lived in Kansas. I was born in KU hospital (Go Jayhawks!), grew up in Kansas City, and now live in northern Overland Park with my new husband! I was homeschooled by my mother from 3rd grade through highschool and loved volunteering with children's programs in my spare time. I discovered my love for working with children when I was just 12 years old through working in a nursery program at my church; I then went on to be a babysitter, nanny, and preschool teacher for the next 9 years. I am now again wanting to be a preschool teacher and invest into some more young lives!
My hobbies and interests:
I love cooking, I cook as often as I can. Also,, I am a book worm. I love to read and I love to pass on my love of books to children! I especially enjoy classics such as Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, though I am knowledge seeking too; I like to read biographies and books about periods of history. Thanks to my grandmother I love crafts, I especially enjoy creating gifts for people or just making something for decoration. I also like to keep busy; I just finished planning my wedding, got married, and am now doing as much as possible to help my engaged friends plan theirs! During my spare time, I like to go to the park, take walks, and spend time with my husband and family.
My childcare experience:
Do not let my age fool you, though I am only 21 I have much childcare experience! Since I was very young I have had a heart for anyone younger than me. When, I was 12 my mother became director of the nursery at my church and I was there to help her as much as I could. I began working with the babies and toddlers in the nursery on sundays and by the time I was 14 I was teaching a preschool sunday school class. People often remarked that they never saw me without a child.
I began babysitting regularly for several families at 13 and would often help the children with their school work. When I was 15 I began working at a program with the 6-12 month olds and also rotating between infants and toddlers. The year after that I began a second program working with infants, crawlers, and toddlers. When I was 17 I began nannying/babysitting for a family I had known for years, they had a 1 and 2 year old at the time and have since then had another little girl and boy. Also, at 17 I began working at a preschool in Roeland Park, KS as a teaching assistant and last year I got promoted to lead teacher. During the winter of 2010-2011 I worked as an on-call subsititute for a day care program in Fairway with toddlers through preschool age. Last summer I worked as a temporary nanny for a baby who was then 6 months old. After that job ended last October, I became a teacher at a Child Care where worked until May 2013. In addition to working with small children, I also work at my church as a leader/mentor for 6th grade girls and I have volunteered at several summer camps for children, junior high, and high school students.
What I will bring to your center:
While working at the preschool, I acquired over 30 hours of training in early childhood and have also been infant-adult CPR and first aid certified. Last year I began the Child Development Associate program. I have completed all requirements needed for my certificate, but due to lack of funds I have been unable to receive my certificate. I do have a letter of completion for all of the courses I took for the CDA, a completed portfolio, and I have certificates for all my trainings.
I believe in building relationships. That is the most important aspect of child care to me. I want to build a trusting, professional relationship with any family I work with and I want the chidren to feel loved and important. I love to play with children and as a preschool teacher I have a lot of experience planning fun, educational activities. Children's minds need stimulation. I am willing to provide learning experiences, go on field trips, do light house work, care for sick children, cook small meals, and transport children.
By choosing me to care for your children, you will be able to have the assurance that your children will be safe, cared about, loved, taught, and will have fun too!