I have been working with children since the young age of 14. At 14 I started to babysit after school. During this time I also volunteered at the in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. By the age of 16, I had obtained a job as an assistant teacher in a kindergarten classroom. I also worked in toddler and preschool classrooms when extra help was needed. It was at this age that I realized caring for children is my passion in life. Since then I have constantly been in a child care setting. I received minors in Education and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts. During this time I worked at numerous child-care centers in the area. While on summer vacations, I continued working at the in numerous classrooms. I assumed the role of a lead preschool teacher during the summer of 2007. I managed a class of 25 students with assistance and had many daily duties. I developed lesson plans across all curriculum areas, implemented lessons, designed arts and crafts projects, encouraged, oversaw, and participated in games/activities, kept the classroom clean, attended professional workshops and completed many other duties each day that I am willing to expand upon. During the summer of 2008 I traveled to an island in Michigan to work at a yacht club. I obtained two jobs during this summer and worked over 55 hours per week. I was the director and the only lifeguard. Due to the relationships I developed with the children members of the yacht club, many families asked me to babysit for them after work. Each day I was able to interact and play with children in the pool. I also implemented different pool games each day. As director I planned fun and educational events each week for children between the ages of 3 and 13. During these events I single handedly cared for, played with, and taught up to 40 children. I recently obtained my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Massachusetts. During this program I student taught in a special education preschool public school classroom, a kindergarten public school classroom, and a first grade public school classroom. I could probably write a 50 page paper describing exactly what I accomplished in this program. However, I basically took over the role and duties of the lead teacher in each of these classrooms. Overall, I feel as if this master's degree program paired with my earlier experiences has helped me to develop into a well rounded, confident, lighthearted, respected, enthusiastic, and competent teacher/caregiver/overall person.