I love what I get to do for a living! I have been working with children for the majority of my life, beginning with babysitting, YMCA camp counselor, and moving through to becoming a certified Early Childhood Educator. Now I can happily say I’ve worn many different ECE hats: nanny, preschool teacher, Kindergarten teacher, special needs aide, Assistant child care director, and now a Director of Off-Site Afterschool programs and Travel Camps here at the Summit Area YMCA. Working with the children and helping them (and their families) is the most rewarding job I can think of! Knowing that my job is to help kids achieve their full potential and to help them feel happier and better about themselves, brings a huge smile to my face. This job allows me to make a different in their lives weather if it’s in aftercare or in camp. I am also able to mentor and motivate my staff, and above all, I’m proud to be working for an organization that is nationally and globally acclaimed for its work in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.