Archive for January, 2013

Meet Mary

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Aloha! My name is Mary. I am 27yrs old. I recently moved to East Honolulu (up in the mountains) from Washington State. I received my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Sciences with a Psychology minor from Central Washington University in August of 2011.I am planning to go back to school for a PhD in Clinical Psychology and to eventually do therapy for adolescents. I have been working with children since I was 18 years old. I have worked as a Gymboree Play and Music Manager where I taught Play, Art and Music classes for children/parents ages birth-5yrs and as a personal nanny for many different families with everything from special needs to behavior issues to you-name-it! I am a former foster parent for two boys ages 6 and 9, who I then continued working with while they went through family reunification processes, as an in-home care provider. I spent the last year before moving here as the director of a before and after school program for the YMCA. During that time (to avoid doing split-shifts) I worked in the middle of the day for the YMCA Early Learning Center on the same site as their cook and did assisting work in the preschool and pre-k rooms.

In my free time I love to garden, cook, paddle board (I am really excited to take up surfing soon!), ride bikes, hike, swim, read and listen to music. I live with my long-term boyfriend and 100lb American Bull-dog. We like to live an active lifestyle, volunteering at local Surfrider events, cleaning up beaches, and playing whenever we can!

As a nanny I feel like it is my job to do the things that the parents would do if they were there. I am the type of nanny that teaches children WHY they need to do something. That helps me to both enforce the rules of the house/meet the needs of the parents, as well as to form a lasting bond with the children, and encourage them to make correct choices so they can be safe and we can all have fun! I have been lucky to have worked with several families that I have developed lasting relationships with. I enjoy working with children of all ages. I like babies because they’re cute, cuddly and you get to watch them grow and meet milestones, I like kids because they’re sweet and inquisitive and I like teenagers because they are growing so much and need guidance and friendship as well as someone to talk to…and oh, the things they will tell you if you take the time to listen! I enjoy working one-on-one with kids or doing events with many children. I am CPR and Infant/Child/Adult CPR Certified through the American Red Cross.

Mahalo for taking the time to read about me! I look forward to meeting your family soon 🙂 ~Mary

Meet Bekah

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Aloha families!!  My name is Bekah.  I was born and raised (mostly) in Missouri, however my travels have taken me to Michigan, Florida, Oregon, Kansas, and Texas.  I started out, like most young girls, babysitting in middle school…just for neighborhood kids and cousins.  When I moved to Oregon in 1999 I was in charge of our church nursery which was for kids ranging from newborn to 6 years old.  I then moved to Texas for school and was a nanny for a 12 year old there.  During my undergrad I volunteered at Doernbecher Children’s hospital in Portland OR, and had my practicum working with adolescents with developmental disabilities and delays.  After I graduated with my BS in Psychology with an emphasis in child and family services I moved to Germany for a year to figure out what I wanted to do.  I was an Au Pair there for 4 kids from ages 6-14.

I went back to Portland Oregon and worked for two years at the Boys and Girls Club as program assistant and then teen director.  I worked with kids aging from 6-18 years.  I moved to Oahu in 2010 and was a nanny, for a year, for a family with 2 kids here on the island (I attained that through Nannies Hawaii).  I am currently employed as a Tutor for children with autism.  I have several clients ranging in ages from 8-11.  I still keep in touch with most of the kids I have worked with from my babysitting days, to Germany, up through my most recent nanny experience here on the Island.  However, I am excited to work with and meet new families and children.

Working with kids my whole life I am used to being active and running around like crazy (that’s what kids are for).  Being creative and coming up with fun and new games to play is something that I pride myself on doing.  Growing up we didn’t have a lot so my older brother and I always had to come up with new games to play….such as sock-wars and baloony-ball, and of course playing the classics such as freeze-tag and sardines.  I have learned that every creative idea from a child is gold!  There imaginations are beyond anything us adults can come up with and that always makes for a fun time.

Meet Jennie!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Aloha! My name is Jennie. I was born and raised in NW Oklahoma, and moved to the North Shore of Oahu in 2002. I began working with children while still practically a child myself. In middle school, I started babysitting and helping my mom teach Mom’s Morning Out aerobics classes to children during the summer. That led to teaching Arts and Crafts to children for summer programs in High School. While attending the University of Central Oklahoma, I worked for Peace Lutheran Church for 5 years as a Nursery Attendant and taught 1&2 year old Sunday School and 5 year old midweek classes. In May of 2001, I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

After college, I taught Kindergarten in Texas and, later. part-time in Oklahoma. However, when I began working for United Airlines in 2002, I enjoyed the airline industry so much that I ended up traveling and working at the airport until recently.  I decided to stop making the long commute from North Shore to the airport Honolulu. I now substitute teach for the Windward School District of Oahu, and enjoy being able to take on more nanny jobs. I have worked as a nanny for Nannies Hawaii for 3 years.

I am a very active person, and enjoy everything outdoors from running, hiking, swimming, to relaxing at the beach with friends or a good book. I hope to provide a relaxed, safe atmosphere for your child. Each child receives individualized care and attention based on their particular interests. I look forward to meeting you! Mahalo