Relevant experience where I also cared for children were…I grew up with two younger brothers, which prompted my passion for working with children. Aside from babysitting and tutoring, I taught karate for three years after earning my black belt. My students primarily ranged in age from 4-12, but I also had high school-aged students. I also created a self-defense program for girls in my home town at a local chapter of Girls, Inc. which focused on empowering young females to recognize their strength. Much of my volunteer work throughout high school, as well as that which I now do through my co-ed service fraternity, relates to working with kids. In high school, I volunteered each summer at a sports camp for physically disabled children where we helped them learn how to play adaptive sports. Here at Penn, I’ve continued teaching sports as a children’s swimming coach, and I also work as a mentor for Penn’s chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. I am also an EMT and work in Philadelphia in the emergency room of a children's hospital.
Activities I enjoy doing with children…In terms of indoor activities, I love to play board games, bake/cook, make artwork, and play cards. Outdoors, I love to go biking, fishing, hiking, playing sports, walking the family dog, going to the beach, or any other kind of fun adventure!
The most important part about being a nanny…My favorite thing about being a nanny is helping children feel comfortable and secure in who they are and supporting them in their interests, all while having fun.
My experience with special needs children…As mentioned above, I worked at a summer camp for physically disabled children throughout high school. I also work in a children's hospital and often encounter children with disabilities in that setting.