Debra L.

I am currently a nanny to two wonderful children in Charlottesville.  After busy and stressful jobs in new home sales and as a legal assistant, I decided it was time to simplify and de-stress my life; for me that meant going back to what makes me truly happy and that’s working with children.  In my nanny role, I enjoy incorporating twenty-three years of parenting skills, creativity, resourcefulness, structured play, passion, energy, and of course fun!  I find teachable moments in everything we do. 

I was born and raised in England and had a fantastic childhood.  My dad was in the Royal Air Force so we moved around a lot and I was most fortunate to see many countries and explore different cultures.  I have been married for twenty-five years (to the same wonderful man!) and we have four amazing children – all bright, loving, generous, fun, thoughtful, independent, and witty.  I stayed home with our children for fifteen years and thoroughly enjoyed that precious time with them.  During that time, I was the founder and organizer of a successful toddlers’ playgroup in Florida where I set up stations to include arts & crafts, story time, singing & movement, structured activities, and learning through play. I was also actively involved in many school events & field trips, committees, and voluntary work, including helping children to read and assisting teachers in the classroom.  In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with my family, church events and volunteering, travelling, walking, playing games, and going to the movies.

Madison N.

I began babysitting the summer before high school and have been ever since. During the summers, I work as a Camp Counselor at Farmington Country Club for ages 3, 4 and 5 years olds! I fell in love with their incredible imaginations and personalities. I have experience with newborns to middle schoolers as well. I spend a lot of my time as a part time nanny for several local families throughout the year too! I was born in California but grew up in Charlottesville and am currently finishing up school here. Along with babysitting I enjoy hiking, playing guitar and spending time with my family!

Morgan C.

I am currently a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington and an experienced caregiver.  For the last three years I have worked at The Farmington Country Club Children’s Place.  My responsibilities include- but not limited to- childcare, entertainment, developing craft ideas, comforting and distracting in order to keep the children occupied while their parents are away.  I am CPR certified and have current first aid training.  In my free time I love hanging out with my friends, family, and exploring new and different places.

Kara C.

I am originally from Williamsburg, Virginia and currently go to James Madison University. I am majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in Humanities and Social Sciences and Science. I began from a young age interacting with children by babysitting for a couple families, and then got the opportunity to volunteer as a Junior Orientation Interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg in middle school. I volunteered there for five summers, and would lead tours made for kids to educate them about the historic area. Currently when I go home during breaks, I am a summer camp counselor at my local YMCA. I am CPR and First Aid certified. In my free time I like to hang out with friends, read a good book, or spend time outdoors! I love having fun with children, and making them smile. I cannot wait to meet you and your kids!

Ashley K.

Hi! I am currently a third year student in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia. I come from a large family with over 35 cousins, and I started babysitting kids from infancy to preteen years since I was in middle school. I have also served in the nursery and children's ministry at my church, worked with kids in various low-income public housing neighborhoods in Miami, Atlanta, and Charlottesville, which I still do currently, and led/lead small groups. I love kids of all ages! When I'm not studying or working I love spending time with friends exploring Charlottesville and other places through food, art, music, and being. I also love cooking and baking. I look forward to meeting you and your family!

Hope H.

I’ve been involved in child care since I was 13 years old.  My jobs have ranged from babysitting for families, bible studies, to being a camp counselor at a sleep-a-way adventure camp for 3rd-8th graders. I spent most of my time in childcare working for close family friends and was a full time nanny for a summer for a family that had four kids.  Their ages ranged from 6 months to 8 years old and they were always fun bundles of energy. One of their children had a severe disability and I learned how to care for him in his delicate physical state. I learned how to juggle caring for children in such a wide age and capability range. In my free time I enjoy singing with a local worship band, hiking, going to the gym, attending UVA sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.


Tais S.

I received a Bachelor's Degree in graphic design from Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, Spain, and my Master's Degree in packaging design in Milan, Italy. After working a few years in the arts, I decided I wanted to do something else with my career. I have more than ten years of experience with children. I come from a big family with six siblings, so I know what taking care of babies and children means, and how important a good family dynamic is. While in Spain, I worked with children in summer camp programs to teach English and Spanish. I worked with teenagers and children ranging from six to twelve years old. Not only was I a camp counselor, but also a camp program director. When I moved to the States I worked for two years with a three year old and a newborn. In 2012 my husband got transferred with his job to Charlottesville. I am currently nannying for a family with a two and a half year old and an eight month old. I speak to them daily in Spanish and they have become fluent.  I have experience with newborns, toddlers and older children. 

Kelsey J. 

Hi! I'm Kelsey and I am very passionate about working with children!  I believe the first three years of a child's life are the most critical years for development and it is very important to foster them with learning and to support them with love. I graduated from Umass Amherst in 2014 with my degree in Psychology and Education, mostly interested in child development. I decided after being a preschool teacher that nannying was what I truly loved to do. Nannying has been very rewarding in the sense of being able to watch children grow over a long period of time and being able to build connections that will last a lifetime. I recently moved to Charlottesville from Boston to further my nannying life and am now working with three children ages 7, 4 and 1. I am comfortable with children of all ages, but my favorite is working with children under the age of 2. I am CPR certified and put safety and fun above all when working with kids! In my free time I enjoy staying active, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, spending time at the beach, and most of all being with my friends and family!

Virginia L.

Hi I’m Gigi! I grew up on a ranch in the central valley of California and recently moved to Charlottesville with my husband who is starting a doctorate program at UVA in Music Composition. I have been working with children a long time and am excited to get to know yours. Here’s my story:  My first nanny job was when I was 15. There were three children; an 8 month old, a 3 year old and a 5 year old. The middle child had autism which I didn’t know what that was at the time. I learned more about children with Autism and wanted to work in the school systems as an assistant for children with special needs. I did this as well as assisted bilingual students and regular ed students for the next 5 years.  I also began doing community volunteer summer programs for children and youth teaching them communication skills, public speaking and about making a positive impact in their communities. In 2011 I had the opportunity to move to China to assist with the development of a Special Education program for The School of the Nations, an international School based in Macau, China. In the summer of 2013 I was trained with the company Education Unlimited to work at Stanford summer camps where children and pre-teens were trained in a variety of skills to help prepare them in their academic pathway. I am a believer that kids are like gems of inestimable value; ignored and neglected they become dim but with care and polishing they can shine and illuminate.

Sierra B.

I am a rising senior at James Madison University in a 5 Year Masters of Education program. My studies have focused on Special Education and Teaching English as a Second Language since my first year. I am very grateful for this opportunity and excited to start my practicums and student teaching in both elementary and secondary schools during the next two years. I love working with children and have done so for the past eight years. Children bring a lot of joy to my life and I love spending time both teaching and learning from them. I started working with children as a childcare counselor and children’s ski Instructor at the Tree House at Wintergreen Ski Resort. Between ski seasons, I also babysat and nannied for several families in the Crozet area. I have experience working with both children with and without special needs. At JMU I am currently a big sister to an eight year-old boy through Big Sisters Big Brothers and spend time volunteering with Special Olympics and the Salvation Army whenever I’m in Harrisonburg. In my free time I enjoy skiing and snowboarding, spending time with friends, and hiking with my very energetic puppy, Stella! 

Becky D.

I lived with my family in Germany for about 5 years and now have lived in Charlottesville for 7 years.  I received my Bachelors Degree in Early Elementary Education from Virginia

Commonwealth University.  I have been babysitting for over 10 years and now work at a childcare facility full time teaching Pre-K.  I really enjoy coming up with crafts and projects for the children to enjoy and learn. I have a lot of experience working with children aging from infants (newborns) to middle school. In my free time I like to read, play board games and I love to bake! 

Tassia A.

Since the age of 13, I have worked with children of all ages under several different organizations (from 4-H, Boys and Girls Club of America, and even orphanages). I have over eight years of experience working for licensed child care centers and after school facilities. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with credits in Early Childhood Education. Throughout my years of working with children I have cared for children with many varying mental health disorders.

I love planning activities based on each individual child's interest whether it be space, dinosaurs, or Australia. I have lived all over the world from Brazil, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Poland, Costa Rica and more and love sharing cultures, languages, and traditional games. Most importantly, I love to have fun and know your children are going to have so much fun too!

Devon M.

I grew up in Charlottesville and I'm currently a sophomore at James Madison University. I'm majoring in elementary education with a concentration in math and science. I have four years of nanny experience with ages ranging from two to nine years old. I was a summer camp counselor in Charlottesville for two summers and I worked with children ages three to fourteen. I am CPR and first aid certified. I just recently started volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club in Harrisonburg to get more involved and help the children in the community. I also visit the nearby middle school to work with the students there. Working with children gets me excited for my future as a teacher because I love kids. In my free time I love hiking, baking, crafting, reading, and swimming.

Kristen E.

I am currently a 3rd year student in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.  My love for children started six years ago when I started babysitting at the age of 14.  In the last six years I have had many different opportunities to interact with kids from infancy to preteen years.  I have been a camp counselor, teacher, teacher assistant, tutor, nanny, mentor, babysitter, and small group leader.  In each one of these opportunities, I enjoyed my role so much that I decided to make being around kids my career.  I have lived in the Charlottesville area all my life and, after some traveling, I plan on being here for years to come.  I love being outdoors, crafting, games, reading, and basically anything that requires an imagination.  I am so excited to be a part of the Local Nanny Network and I look forward to meeting you and your wonderful kids.


Lynne H.

I have been working with children for over fifteen years. I started as a babysitter, became a nanny during summers in between college, and I am now entering my sixth year of teaching in Charlottesville.  I worked as a nanny for four summers and have outstanding references. I started my teaching career as a special education teacher and switched to a reading specialist position in 2012. I have experience with children with disabilities and children of all ages. Additionally, I previously taught swim lessons to children ages two to thirteen and was the Director of Activities at a private pool in New Jersey. I am very responsible, creative, nurturing and I love children. My Bachelor's Degree is in elementary and special education from St. Bonaventure University. I continued my studies at SBU and received my Master’s Degree in childhood literacy. I am CPR and First Aid certified. Outside of teaching and babysitting, I enjoy exercising, reading, and spending time outdoors with my husband and friends. 


Cynthia Q.

I am a nanny with seven years of child care experience.  I was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia.  For the last three years I have been living in Charlottesville pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Virginia. Go Hoos!  I have babysat  for many families in the Charlottesville area. Through my nursing and child care experience I have cared for newborns up to thirteen years old.  I enjoy working and playing with children, staying active, hanging out with my family, and trying new Charlottesville restaurants. 

Madison C.

I am originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and currently studying Elementary Education with a Science and Humanities and Social Sciences concentration as well as Italian at James Madison University. I have over seven years of experience in childcare ranging from 6 months to 13 years old. I am both CPR and first aid certified. I have volunteered in many schools in the Harrisonburg area as well as at home prior to my college experience. I have been a mentor in our local Big Brothers Big Sister organization, and have a lot of experience with children and adults with special needs. In my free time I love being outside, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to working with you and your family!

Michelle D.

I am a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood education. I have my initial teacher's license in Pre-kindergarten - Grade 2 and currentley working to get my Virginia teaching license as well. I have been taking care of children for more then ten years with jobs ranging from full time to the occasional date night for families with young children. I have experience caring for children from newborns to teenagers. My experience with children varies from in the classroom, teaching swimming lessons, working in summer camp environments as well as working with several children's nonprofit organizations. I take caring for children very seriously and provide a safe and fun environment for the children in my care.

Joanna W.

For the past thirteen years I have been surrounded by children. I am the oldest of five siblings and at the age of twelve years old I started babysitting children in my neighborhood. While attending college, I took a nanny position looking after three year old twins. They lit up my life! Four years later, I relocated to a different town and there's not a day that goes by that I do not think of them. The twins and my siblings taught me that this statement is more than true, “children are not a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work!”  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and I am CPR certified.  I enjoy yoga, Disney movies, reading, and playing with my dog.

Julia R.

I have been involved with childcare since for over ten years. I began babysitting at age 15, and helped with the church nursery during high school. I grew up in Charlottesville and moved back after I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with my Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I spent a year tutoring elementary school children in a low-income housing neighborhood in Fredericksburg, and also spent a summer home from college nannying for a family with three children. I have experience caring for children in the age range of newborn to pre-teen. My favorite activities with kids are ones that allow the children to express their creativity and use their imagination!

Courtney S.

Hi, I’m Courtney. I am in my fourth year of teaching fourth grade in Louisa County. Prior to becoming a teacher, I obtained both my Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at James Madison University. While in college I was a camp counselor back home in Hanover County during the summers. At camp I worked with all the children, as well as spent two summers being an aide for a child with special needs, and I was the supervisor of the camp my last summer. I love interacting with kids whether it’s in the classroom, on the playground, or at a park. I am so excited to be joining Local Nanny Network and I can’t wait to work with you and your family!

Kathryn M. 

I am a Charlottesville local who loves working with kids. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Anthropology and Psychology, then attended Mary Baldwin College to earn my Master of Arts in Teaching. I taught kindergarten and first grade for Albemarle County Public Schools before transitioning to private tutoring. In addition, I am one of eleven grandkids and have spent many years taking care of kids at the pool. Currently,  I am also a swim coach for a high school swim team and local club team with swimmers ranging in age from 4to 18.

I enjoy encouraging children to be creative and enthusiastic about their passions. From babies to adolescents, I am able to build genuine and friendly relationships with kids. One of my favorite things about working with children is hearing their unfiltered and pure views of the world. As a nanny, I enjoy reading books, working on art projects, building forts, playing in the dirt, and tapping into my inner-child. In my spare time, you can find me stand-up paddleboarding, refurbing and upcycling furniture, and hiking with my adorable boxer, Auggie. I and CPR and first aid certified. 

Sydney L

I am currently a sophomore at Liberty University double majoring in Psychology and Studio Art, I would like to pursue a career in Art Therapy. I grew up in Greene County, Virginia which is just north of Charlottesville. I have been working with children for about six years, from newborns to middle schoolers. In 2016, I worked at a childcare center as a teacher assistant with 2 and 3-year old’s. My favorite part about caring for children is watching them learn new things and explore the world around them.  Kids are so creative and fun so I love to do crafts and games with them to see what they come up with. When I am not working with children or concentrating on school I love to read, paint, draw and spend time with friends and family.