I have always enjoyed teaching and working with children. I began babysitting and teaching when I was still fairly young myself. I grew a reputation for having a knack with especially difficult children. I found that instead of growing frustrated by difficult behavior, I enjoyed being challenged; I used these experiences to refine my skills as a child care provider.
In school, I studied psychology, theology, and child development. I was interested in studying psychology as it relates to children and the family structure. I was particularly interested in studying therapeutic alternatives to medication for disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
After college, I spent three years working as a Child Welfare Specialist (or caseworker) with Intact Family Services at the Children’s Home. My work at the Children’s Home allowed me to gain experience working with the entire family.
- Studied Child Development, Psychology, and Theology
- Received my BA from Wheaton College
- Over 18 years of babysitting/nanny experience
- Taught violin and piano lessons
- Taught 4 & 5 year old children in Children’s Church for 8 years
- Mentored/taught 6th grade girls for 3 years in the AWANA program
- Leader of Children’s Church Department
- Teacher at Grace Methodist TLC Daycare for around 5 years
- Tutored children from the South Side of Chicago for 3 years
- Licensed Child Welfare Specialist (caseworker) with Intact Family Services Program for 3 years
- Licensed Foster Care Parent/experience as a substitute caregiver