Mary

Birthday: September 20

Hometown: Davie, FL

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

Favorite Crayola color: Granny Smith Apple

Background: I founded Seminole Sitters in response to the local need for reliable childcare; I opened Seminole Sitters in 2007 immediately upon receiving my Bachelor's in Science in Developmental (Child) Psychology from Florida State University. 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.

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.

Future plans: I want to grow Seminole Sitters to the point that it enables me to be a work-from-home mom...when I eventually have kids of my own! I would like to grow our agency to serve all of Florida, and possibly even all of the Southeast.

When she's not babysitting: I'm definitely not still for long; I'm an aspiring polymath. I love sharing meals with friends and visiting their homes or having them over to mine. Lately, I've been learning to play European board games. 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'm brushing up on my Spanish and hope to become fluent. 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 quotation: "Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes." - Maggie Kuhn