Ms. Naomi

[nah-OH-mee]

Birthday: March 1st

Hometown: Born in Huntington Beach, CA and later moved to Tokyo, Japan

Other Languages spoken: Fluent in Japanese

Favorite Crayola color: Cobalt Blue

Background: Currently, I dance and teach ballet at the Tallahassee Ballet. I have taught students ranging between 3-18 years old. I’m studying Psychology at Florida State. It is a unique season in my life to be a teacher and a student simultaneously, and I love it. I have been able to empathize more with my students and it has made me a better teacher. My father is a minister and when I was 13 years old, we moved to Japan. In Japan, I taught English to Japanese children ages 4-10. While I was living in Japan I taught multiple art and dance camps for all ages. After high school, I babysat and worked in several church nurseries. Before moving to Tallahassee, I lived in South Asia in a girl’s orphanage where I served for 10 months. Those 10 months in S. Asia impacted me tremendously and in part is the reason why I decided to go back to school. 

I have experience working with children on the Autism spectrum, food allergies, and mental disabilities.

She's cared for children as young as: 2 months old

Future Plans: I am a student at Florida State University majoring in Psychology. I hope to continue higher education, studying clinical psychology as either a masters or doctoral student. 

When she's not babysitting: I dance at The Tallahassee Ballet. Movement and expression are very important to me and it is a joy teaching children to do the same. Fellowship with friends is also very important to me and my husband. One of the greatest gifts we have here, in Tallahassee, is our friends. I also have a love for plants and gardening and I like to spend time learning how to take care of them. 

Defining quote: "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." – Mother Teresa