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  About Me
As a former educator, with 20 years of professional experiences working with Preschoolers to University athletes and every age in between, my enthusiasm and abundant energy could turn even the most mundane activity/chore into a highly anticipated adventure.
As a parent of three children (two daughters and one son, all in their early teens), I have become the Canadian version of Mary Poppins with an off-key song for everything. To provide a culture of loving support for my children, I read books, attended Community Education Sessions (offered by Alberta Health Services), spoke at length to the pediatricians/dermatologists/nurses I worked with, joined Gymboree classes to network with other parents, registered for Parent and Tot physical literacy classes such as swimming and gymnastics, and read more books. And that was just during the first three years of each of their lives. You may be asking why I was so enthralled but I know that you would understand, as a parent, that I wanted to be the best parent version of myself for each child - not to get better with each child. I continue to strive to be the "best" at whatever I take on and that includes other children. Be comforted in that I treat other children as if they were my own - deliberately providing experiences (reading, baking, pretend play, dress up, visiting local attractions like the zoo, sledding, swimming, playground playing, exploring, active play, etc. ) that foster a love of learning, a love of shared experiences, and a deep-rooted sense of contentment that can only come from being surrounded with genuine love. 
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Has a Vehicle:
Can Swim Well:
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Comfortable with pets:
Languages spoken:
English, English, Baby Sign Language 
My Nationality:
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  Work Experience & Education Background
10 years experience, 3 references
Currently, I am working (10 hrs/week) at Westside Recreation as a Preschool Leader. The programs I teach are:
1. Gymnastics based - 2-3 yr olds/3-4 yr olds/12-18 month olds parented;
2. Games based - 2-3 yr olds/3-5 yr olds; and
3. Theme based - 2-3 yr olds

While at the ACH as a volunteer visitor for Unit 4, I carried, rocked, soothed and played with babies, and also colored, drew, and read with and played cards/games with toddlers to 17 yr olds

As an educator, I taught:
1. Preschool (3-5 yrs old) at Calgary Preparatory School;
2. Gr. 1-12 PE within the CBE and CSSD;
3. Kindergarten in Arrowwood, Alberta;
4. Gr. 1-6 homerooms, Music Specialist (attained Gr. 8 Royal Conservatory Music in Piano)/Gr. 1-12 PE/Gr. 7-9 Science within the CBE and Calgary Waldorf School

In University, I worked for the city's summer (physical literacy) programs and then the U of C's Mini-U Sports programs - designed and wrote the first progressive soccer program for 3, 4 and 5 yr olds.

In high school, I worked for the Town of Okotoks as a Summer Camp Leader.
Childcare experience within the following age groups:
Newborn - 3 months, 3 - 12 months, 1 - 2 years, 2 - 5 years, 5 - 10 years, over 10 years of age  
High School, Bachelor's Degree, CPR Training, First Aid Training, WHMIS 2018 
Community Education Sessions - Alberta Health Services (1 session is 2 1/2 hours, usually in the evening) B. Ed at U of C - Elementary - major in PE and Language Arts ECS Diploma courses (4/5 completed) MRU Continuing Education Program - Personal Fitness Trainer  
  Job Preferences
Seeking work as a :
Nanny or Nanny/Housekeeper or Nanny/Tutor or Mother's Helper 
Position Type:
Live-Out, Full Time, Part Time 
Work Hours:
30 - 40 hours/week 
Position Duration:
   As Long as Needed
Will work with up to:
Three children 
Childcare Duties:
   Preparing meals
   Transporting children
   Children's Laundry
   Limited/light housekeeping
   Occasional supervision of childrens friends/guests
   Children's baths and dressing
   Help with homework
   Adhere to special dietary rules (vegetarian, kosher, lactose intolerant, etc.)
   Packing Children's lunches
   Planning activities for the children
Duties directly related to the child(ren)
Desired Start Date:
January 30, 2019 
Desired Salary:
$23/Hour or Negotiable salary 
Will work at night:
Willing to relocate:
Will care Special Needs Children:
Will travel with the family:
Housekeeping Duties:
   Keep a grocery list
   Initial preparation of family's dinner as directed
   Keep the kitchen tidy during work hours
   Feed pets during work day as directed
   Walk dog and/or pet care
   Plant care (indoor)
   Grocery shopping regularly as directed
   Sweep kitchen floor daily
   Run/Empty dishwasher daily
   Empty kitchen trash as required
Duties that do not interfere with taking care of the child(ren)
Additional Experiences/Qualifications/Preferences:
Currently working on attaining ASL certification Baby Sign Language certification  
Dan Lacroix 
Dan was the Department Head of Religion when I was hired to teach Religious Studies (Gr. 10, 11 and 12) at Notre Dame High School. I have known him for 13 years and taught under his guidance at Notre Dame for 5 years prior to his retirement in 2012. Below is a copy of the Letter of Reference that Dan provided for me in 2017. August 11, 2017 To Whom It May Concern Re: Melanie Melanie and I met and worked together at Notre Dame High School in Calgary, where I was the Coordinating Teacher of the Religious Studies Department, from 2006 - 2012, when I retired. We have stayed in touch since that time. I recruited her away from the Special Education Department, where she played a prominent role, because I felt she had a 'presence and personality' that should be shared with the greater student population. We were also Coaching colleagues in the Athletics Department at Notre Dame so I can attest to her leadership skills and personal attributes in that area as well. Melanie has an energy and enthusiasm that is infectious. She has 25 years of teaching experience and elite expertise in Coaching, particularly Volleyball, which she has complemented with a Certificate in Fitness Training. She has an empathy born of her personal character but it is also informed by her background in working with exceptional children as a Special Ed teacher. She is a role model for inclusiveness, identifying and seeking out the child who is withdrawn, struggling or 'at risk'. Melanie worked with me over the years on a variety of charitable and service projects that were a volunteer extension of our work in the classroom. We raised money for international development, national missions, and local needs like the Food Bank. Melanie took a lead role in communicating with Staff and Students alike and seeing each project through to its completion. Dedicated to her family, Melanie was still able to put in the required commitment to fulfill her teaching and extracurricular duties at an enhanced level. I am proud to have worked with her on the same Staff and fortunate to have been working closely with her in the same Department. Melanie is a youth advocate. Her greatest strength, I believe, is in balancing professional care for her students with a personable approach that puts her students at ease and quickly earns her their trust and confidence. Melanie excels at �one-on-one� relationships with young people. With her dedication to professionalism, and as an aspect of her personality, I have no doubt Melanie will fulfil any future endeavors with her regular enthusiasm, engagement, and enjoyment. Please consider Melanie an excellent applicant for any employment or volunteer role for which she applies. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Dan Lacroix Religious Studies Coordinator - Retired Father Lacombe High School (1989 � 2005) / Notre Dame High School (2005 � 2012) Calgary Catholic School District  
Luc Marmelic 
Luc was the principal at Notre Dame High School when I was hired to teach there. During the two years I taught with Luc as our illustrious leader, we conversed daily and I developed a humble and deep respect for him as he re-ignited my thirst for learning (to be an expert) as I had no prior experience with the Catholic Church let alone teach its perspective and my passion to be present with and enjoy our students. He, kindly, wrote a Letter of Reference for me in 2017. August 21, 2017 Re: Educational Reference for Mrs. Melanie I have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Melanie from September 2007 to April 2009 as a member of our professional learning community at work at Notre Dame High School. Her varied range of experiences and strong focus on life-long learning were important characteristics for our instructional team, therefore, we were pleased that Mrs. Melanie joined our school community in September 2007. I found Melanie to be dedicated, passionate, and an outstanding role model for her students. She recognized the potential for a differentiated model that our new learning community was founded upon. In her teaching assignments, when Melanie didn't have the answers, her inquisitive and reflective nature allowed her to explore learning strategies and methodologies that would inculcate her students along a path of independent and differentiated instruction. She instilled in her students that the educational underpinnings of traditional teaching are always the base from which they can begin to enter a world of new learning engagements that our instructional staff was striving to achieve through our curricular development, delivery and collaborative processes between students, teachers, parents and our community at large. As a teacher advisor, Melanie was an outstanding mentor to her student advisee's. Her rapport was caring and compassionate for their academic, emotional and spiritual needs. Melanie demonstrated professionalism throughout her organizational, planning and assessment responsibilities. Her level of educational confidence was not centered on position and comfort zones, but a discovery approach to broadening her teaching and learning goals, and objectives for life-long learning outcomes. As the newest Calgary high school in 2005, our teachers focused on being agents of change for 21't Century learning paradigms. Melanie certainly modeled and worked on those professional characteristics of knowledge, skills and attributes of an educator who was contributing to our professional learning community at work. As an elementary specialist with a major in physical education, Melanie was asked to teach Religion 15, Religion 25 and provide learning strategies'support to our MAX program comprised of special education coded students from grades 10 to 12. Melanie not only accepted the role and its challenges, but accomplished noteworthy outcomes with her students and became an integral staff member of the Religion and MAX departments. The instructional Deans of those two disciplines valued Melanie's insights and contributions. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Melanie provided leadership to our athletic program as the head coach for Jr. Girls Volleyball, Sr. Boys Volleyball, as well as, the multi-levels of our Badminton teams. As an educator at Notre Dame, Melanie demonstrated a passion for inculcating life-long learning opportunities for her students so they will be ready to impact their world upon graduation. During my time as principal of Notre Dame High School, I found it rewarding to get to know Melanie as an instructional educator who believed in our community's vision and mission. Melanie's focus was at creating professional relationships with staff, students and parents that supported open honest communication, active listening, problem solving, reflective practice and integrity and dedication to exemplary student outcomes, whether in the classroom, the learning commons, the athletic courts and/or off campus events. These skills and attributes, and her qualities for rich professional dialogue made her a collaborative contributor to the blended leaming model we established for the students and teachers of our school community. Mrs. Filippetto contributed insights and professional supports that positively impacted the learning opportunities for the students that were under her care, advisement and constant nurturing. Her exemplary work ethic, her commitment as a collaborative colleague and her willingness to embrace the theories of change in a leaming community provided a strong academic and social capital framework for her students at Notre Dame High School. In summary, I found Mrs. Melanie to be a valuable team member who made significant contributions to our school vision, mission, and academic mosaic that represented our professional learning community at work. I strongly believe that Mrs. Melanie would be an outstanding member of any educational community. Healthy Choices, Luc Founding Principal, Notre Dame High School