Mary

Birthday: September 20

Hometown: Davie, FL

Other languages: Intermediate American Sign Language (ASL), rusty intermediate Spanish, rusty intermediate Italian

Favorite Crayola color: Granny Smith Apple

Background: In response to the local need for reliable childcare, I founded Seminole Sitters in 2007. I received my Bachelor's in Science in Developmental (Child) Psychology from the Florida State University. During that time, I participated in two research studies, including one on redirecting child behavior. I've worked closely with children since I was thirteen years old as a neighborhood babysitter, elementary school tutor, preschool teacher, and full-time nanny. I was nanny to Casey and Dylan from 2006 - 2016; if I have just one child who grows to be anything like them, I'll consider myself beyond blessed. Although I no longer babysit, I enjoy connecting families with our wonderful Seminole Sitters!

I have worked with children who have ADD / ADHD, adjusted ages, asthma, autism, behavioral issues, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, food allergies, learning delays, and pediatric diabetes.

She’s cared for children as young as: a premie!

Future plans: In November 2018, I married the man I've been praying and waiting for! Our hope is that Seminole Sitters will allow me to be a work-from-home mom... when we eventually have kids of our own!

When she's not babysitting: Our first year of marriage has been a little unusual! I moved from Tallahassee to my husband’s home near Panama City and we’re in ongoing recovery after Hurricane Michael. When we do have free time, we love sharing meals with friends and visiting their homes or having them over to ours. We regularly trek to Tallahassee to spend time with our community there and so I can have in-person meetings.

Though I've spent a great deal of time in Tallahassee area parks, geocaching has me discovering places I've never seen before. I get outdoors every chance I get; when the weather's wonderful, you might find me kayaking. Fitness is important to me and dancing is my favorite way to get moving; I've been contra dancing since 2004, and have picked up some salsa and swing along the way. (Waltzing is my favorite, though!) I love reading, though I finish books at a much slower pace than when I was a kid! My favorite genres are Christian theology, business, and turn-of-the-(last)-century fiction.

Defining quote: "Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes." - Maggie Kuhn