Ms. Maddie M.

Birthday: June 14

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

Favorite Crayola color: Midnight Blue

Background: I grew up with four siblings, with myself being the second eldest out of the bunch. I started babysitting in the 6th grade for a family who had six kids, an experience which solidified my love for caring for children and helping parents. Since that first job, I have babysat children of all ages. In high school, I had two families who preferred my care during the school year. Over the summers, I loved to volunteer at camps where I got the chance to mentor young girls, helping them to build skills, deepen friendships, and grow in virtue. Those camps were what inspired me to design my own summer camp for middle-schoolers last year! Which brings me to my college years: I became heavily involved with a program called Ministry for Moms through which I was assigned to two families (each with five kiddos) whose mothers I would help in whatever ways possible. One of the families took me in as their own by the time my senior year came around and I lived with them as a sort of adopted older sister, helping out with any of their babysitting needs. Needless to say, babysitting/nannying has always been a part of my life and I love it! I think it is an important task and honorable position. I have my mother (and all the kindness she showed us kids as she raised us) for the love that fills my heart for families today. 

Future plans: I miss all the studying and reading that college required so my nearer future plans are to take art classes or to become a Montessori teacher. My farther off future plan was actually influenced by Montessori, as I am certified to teach a Montessori-based catechesis program for 3 to 6 year olds. Children can teach us so much about slowing down and contemplating what is before us. For that reason, I someday hope to live on a ranch or a small farm in a larger community of people who value relationships above material things. 

When I'm not babysitting: You can find me reading books on philosophy or theology, going on morning walks, sipping Peet's coffee, attempting to bake something I have never attempted before, making sourdough bread, drawing, sculpting, painting, and getting lost in thought.  

Defining quotation: "Wash the plate not because it's dirty or because you are told to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next." Saint Teresa of Calcutta