As a caregiver, I believe it is important to inspire curiosity and imagination. We need to nurture the natural development of the "whole" child, in other words, educate not only their mind but also their heart and body. I like to get outside as much as possible and play and explore. I love being around children, especially babies, and I look forward to this opportunity to help families. I have some experience caring for children with additional or specialized needs (through family members receiving OT/PT), and through my daycare work. A memory that is special to me is my time working with a nonverbal child at the daycare and finding new and different ways to connect. While I would not say it is my area of greatest expertise, I would not hesitate to help a family with these needs.
My experience includes:
parent (24 years)
substitute teacher (3 years)
assistant teacher (3 years)
infant nanny (1.5 years)
More about me...I am married and have 2 young men; my sons are ages 24 and 23. My husband and I like to say that they both have successfully "launched" and are living on their own. Most importantly, they are happy.
WHAT PARENTS and SUPERVISORS SAY
“Suzanne was our neighbor and became our infant son's part time nanny during the pandemic. She was awesome! You can't go wrong with hiring her. We were with her for almost two years from when my son was about 6 months until she moved from Denver. My son loves her. She has a very calm comforting presence. She was really good about being on time, she kept us updated in advance if she had appointments so we could make arrangements with plenty of notice. Suzanne did it all: bottles, solids, naps and supporting the schedule we had going, diapering. She performed driving to a few activities such as the Natural History Museum near our home. What stood out for us was that I could tell she genuinely cared about my son. She did a really good job of coming up with ways of incorporating learning without it being rigid. The development in his vocabulary, his ABCs, all can be attributed to her. He still talks about her!” - Lauren W.
"Suzanne was part of the Waldorf school where I am a director, from 2014 to 2017, as a teaching assistant for grades 1-3, and subbed kindergarten 2018 for ages 2.5 to 6 years old with a lead teacher. Suzanne supervised up to 18 children in the group with the lead teacher. Suzanne was reliable and on time, very much so. We wanted her to sub more and we would hire her back in a minute! Things we appreciated about her include her joyful demeanor, her flexibility, when you’re a sub and an assistant teacher here you really have to turn on a dime and be very supportive to the lead teachers. From helping with various tasks to comforting an upset child 1-on-1. She always did what was asked of her, happily, and more.” - Mary Beth F.