Brigit E. | Brooklyn, NY
$14-35/hr • 10 yrs exp • 34 yrs old
Sharp as a Tack, Patient Caregiver: Available for Part-time Tutoring/Babysitting
Since before I was born, my mom owned and directed a year-round preschool and daycare. At the age of 10, I began working with her, as well
as sitting for my younger brother and neighbors. In high school and college, I was a sitter regularly for several families, for years, with kids ages 0-15. I volunteer as a chemo pal, and love it. I am experienced and available for outings/trips with/without parents/guardians, as well as overnight care. I have EMT training and am available for tutoring as well, in English/Literature/Grammar, Spanish, Dance, Cooking Skills and Safety, Swimming, Soccer, Volleyball, and more.
I currently am the manager of a vocational program that provides work services for adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities. I love my job, although Social Work was never before a career goal for me. I went to school originally to get a BFA in Acting, but decided I didn't like the politics of the program and switched to triple-major in Spanish, Communication, and International Studies/Relations. I didn't know what I wanted to do, specifically; just wanted to travel around, help people, and speak languages. I still love all types of art, performing art, and music.
When I moved up to Portland, I became a SCUBA diver and was enthralled with the emergency/medical aspects. I received a grant for EMT training at Mount Hood Community College, and finished first (and the only female) in my class. I have never felt so natural and in my element in a brand new field, and I learned a lot, easily.
When I started with my current organization, working in one of the homes, I wanted to be doing something to help people be better off. I have excelled within the organization, was solicited for my first promotion, then granted my request to transfer to the vocational office (stable, regular, 9-5, Mon-Fri hours). My boss moved on to new ventures, so I applied for her position, even though I was told that on paper I wasn't very qualified. I was thrilled when I got the job, and have been working hard to prove myself as an asset to the organization and the people it serves.
What I wanted to do, and still do, is pursue rescue diving/dive medicine, but I can't yet afford dive medic school. My tentative plan is to do that, then "retire" and open a bed & breakfast/surf & dive resort.
I'd love to get to know more kids, take them on outdoor adventures in the summer, read to them, teach them, and learn from them. Thank you!... more