Michele D.|Tampa, FL
10 yrs exp
50 yrs old
Enthusiastic, Warm, Dedicated Nanny/Babysitter
This is what children, parents and other employers have said about Michele:
"Thoughtful... kind... bursting with ideas... fun."
"I will miss your jokes and smiles and encouragement."
"Thank you for your continual enthusiasm, mediation, patience, and care for the kids."
"What she did with my son was beyond the call of duty. Michele had to discipline him, but it was always done with love."
"[You were] instrumental in building his confidence."
"[My daughter's accomplishment] reflects so much of the nurturing she has received."
"My son... made it clear that he appreciates how special she is."
I have had the privilege of working with children in a variety of settings for over 20 years. I have been a classroom teacher, private tutor, youth leader, after school caregiver, part-time nanny, babysitter, and even been in charge of weekly story time activities at a bookstore. I have played with, taught, and cared for toddlers through 8th graders.
My experience running an after school program for up to 15 children (ages 5-12) was a highlight of my career. I rediscovered an enjoyment of arts and crafts. (I never considered myself to be artistic at all, but I had such fun finding and trying out different projects that I had missed out on when I was a child.) One of the most rewarding aspects was teaching the children new and positive ways to interact, and helping them develop coping skills for life's disappointments and annoyances.
I love children's books, games and pretend play, and I have a weakness for Pixar movies. I believe that, regardless of the activities you do with children, the most important things to keep in mind are caring, enthusiasm, patience, and structure.
I am looking for part-time care-giving positions in the afternoon and early evening. This will enable me to supplement my family's income and also volunteer.
I know that when I am part of a child's life, it is so important to let them know that I am interested in and care about them, their thoughts, and their feelings. I can only hope that their experience with me will continue to support or inspire them in the future, as in the case of one of my former students:
"I really hope that someday you will come back and teach us again. By the way, we had to write an essay on the person that influenced us the most in our Jewish education. [We] all wrote... essays on how much we liked you. I don't think you realize how big an impact you made on us and how much we miss you."