I am the mother of 6 children, ages 30 to 15. I have home-schooled all of them, and have loved being closely involved with them in this way. They are all artists - dancers, musicians, actors, and educators in their craft. I have had a lot of experience providing enriching opportunities and activities to children, my own and others in my community and in schools where I have done arts programming work for arts-based non-profits. I have taught piano for 15 years, to children as young as age 3, and up to adults. I have also been a nanny since March 2013. I have cared for several infants, including overnight care. The children I have cared for ranged in age from 2 months to 3 years. I found that my years of experience as a mother have helped immensely in these nanny positions, in ways that arose naturally when needs presented themselves - understanding breastfeeding, encouraging sleep routines, starting solids, responding to fevers, and anticipating developmental milestones. In homeschooling our children, reading aloud was a cornerstone and I really love bringing that into the lives of the little ones I care for. I have a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University. This provided the base from which I home-schooled all of my children. Additionally, I have obtained all 3 of my background checks, and have no criminal history. I am also a non-smoker, and have a clean driving record. I have taught piano for the last 15 years to children from the ages of 3 upwards. I enjoy getting to know children to see what their learning styles are so that I can teach them most effectively. Our family has provided childcare for several children, and has taken in others who were in need.