I am a thirty-one-year-old wife and mother to a sweet almost-2-year-old boy. I have been a professional nanny for over a decade and love being able to put my passion for encouraging learning, exploration and wonder to work in both my nanny charges and also in my son. I focus on getting children outdoors, reading, experimenting, and learning in all sorts of ways every day.
I am a Kennesaw State University graduate (magna cum laude) with a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I graduated in May of 2010. I'm so excited to have graduated with a degree that will assist me in provide top notch care for the families that I work with. I have over ten years of experience as a local nanny and have been babysitting for over 15 years. I have been certified by the American Heart Association in Infant, Child, and Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED, and am also a member of Metro Atlanta Nannies, a fantastic local nanny group that helps me stay connected with other professionals and provides group activity opportunities.
Here I am making wood/tree blocks for a tree unit during my curriculum planning class
I have had many background checks
As the oldest of four children, I've been helping my mom with taking care of my siblings for as long as I can remember. I have always loved children, and look forward to being a mother some day. For now, I am fully enjoying getting to know families and children in my area. It is such a privilege to be able to work with such wonderful children and families! Though I have a degree typically used to work in preschools and elementary schools, I do not think that I will ever spend much time teaching in a traditional school setting, though I am interested in being a governess, a sort of "home school teacher," working on teaching a child or children at home, working with their parents to develop an individual curriculum and assist in teaching. I may even open my own preschool/home daycare some day! My own parents home schooled me, and I really appreciate the benefits that their teaching me at home provided, working with my strengths and weaknesses, and providing unique opportunities. This approach really encouraged my growth in becoming a life long learner.
For more information on my qualifications, please refer to my resume and feel free to ask me for more information. Thank you!
my mother and I at my high school My sister and I after my graduation from Kennesaw State
graduation. (May 2005) University. (May 2010)
I try to maintain an eco/energy-conscious living space, and carry this into my work as much as possible as well. I have a stash of various babycarriers (tulas, kinderpacks, a ring sling, as well as a few wraps), which allow me to provide lots of snuggles and foster a close connection. I also cloth diaper my son and am very open to working with families who CD. :)
I have experience dealing with a both formula and breast milk feeding (my own son was breastfed, got donor milk and had some formula), lactose-free diet, nut allergies, kosher, as well as organic diets. I am also familiar with how to use an EpiPen, though, thankfully, I've never had to use one!
I was a therapy assistant during high school for two sweet twin boys with autism and also have been a nanny to a little girl with Downs syndrom, so I have some experience dealing with special needs, and I am very open to learning and adjusting to accommodate children where they are. I have mild Sensory Processing Disorder myself and have done a lot of research on good activities to do to help with sensory integration.
I have experience driving children. This is a valuable and important part of providing quality care to children that I care for on a regular full-time basis. I drive a mini van so I am able to easily provide safe transportation for multiple children and can accommodate several care seats in addition to my son's rear-facing seat.
I know how to cook, and enjoy doing age appropriate cooking and art activities with children. Some examples include: baking cookies and biscuits, making salt-play dough, making almond/peanut butter play dough, finger painting, making collages, etc.
I have experience with maintaining and notating daily schedules. I have done everything from keeping a detailed daily log of all activities/feeding/diaper changes for an infant, to just keeping notes for parents about meals, naps, and anything else important that might come up.
I have experience with multiples, having cared for twin infant girls and twin infant young-adolescent boys during high school. I have also worked as a nanny for two sets of twin boys, toddler-Pre-K. I understand the challenges involved and absolutely love it.
Having grown up with siblings and caring for many large families, I am no stranger to multi-age siblings either! I enjoy my singletons and twins, but also love working with larger families as well.