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Nanny Magazine Contributors
who are the fantastic writers and photographers who've published in this magazine? learn more about them below (listed alphabetically by last name). To become a contributor, visit our online submission portal, Submittable.
Valerie is a reader, writer, and social media enthusiast who is currently a full-time nanny for eight-month-old twins in Virginia. She has over six years of childcare experience, specializing in infant and toddler care with the occasional tween to boot.
She aspires to one day write children's books geared toward benefiting children with learning disorders. In the meantime, she satisfies her inner journalist by analyzing the wide and complex world of childcare and finding the perfect balance between naptime and playtime.
Keyanna Barr is currently a full-time live-in nanny for one family. She cares for two children, ages 1 & 4 in Washington, D.C. She has 14 years of childcare experience, including camp counseling, special needs care, and children's ministry. Keyanna is also a credentialed member of the International Nanny Association. She is active in the online community of nannies and was nominated for the SPARK award in 2013. Keyanna recently moved to D.C. from Columbia, Missouri and looks forward to exploring the city as well as the east coast.
Mimi, a born and bred San Francisco Bay Area native, has wanted a baby since she was a baby. An avid Babysitter’s Club series follower from a young age, she catapulted herself into babysitting and children’s volunteer work in high school and proceeded to as a nanny and preschool teacher’s assistant throughout her college years at Santa Clara University.
Her love for family and children led her to Westside Nannies, where she experienced the professionalism of the agency firsthand. She was placed with a wonderful family until fate prevailed and she landed a position as Westside Nannies’ Lead Recruitment Specialist in 2009. Today, Mimi has returned to her native Bay Area roots and serves as the Director of Westside Nannies in San Francisco.
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Larisha founded and runs the blog, We're Parents!?. It's a dedicated family blog where she shares her journey as a "crunchy mom", parenting tips, recipes, and loads of product reviews and giveaways. She is currently raising her 11-year-old daughter and enjoys spending time with her fiancé. You will frequently find her in the kitchen of their new home.
Erica Christopher is currently a nanny to four energetic girls in San Francisco. She has been working with children for over ten years in many capacities from preschool teacher, to daycare worker, to nanny (and everything in between). Erica earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from Sacramento State University in 2009. Erica loves to write in her spare time and currently authors all posts at her website. She writes about her fun, silly, and sometimes scary experiences as a nanny.
Jill has been with Nanny Magazine since 2015. She's our newsletter editor, writes for us, and manages our Instagram and Pinterest pages! Jill is currently a nanny in Baltimore. When she's not snuggling babies or chasing toddlers, you're most likely to find her outdoors - traveling, running, hiking – or snuggling her cat!
Nicole Clark has worked with kids since she was 16 years old, whether it was working at a daycare facility or babysitting. She has been exclusively nannying since 2010. She has been with the same family since she moved to New York City for my fiancé’s job and started nannying. With huge changes in lifestyles (coming from a small town in Florida), she’s learned so much about juggling children in the hustle and bustle of the big city! While caring for the children, she is in nursing school as well as working for an online fitness company.
Chelle is a West Virginia native who makes her home in Frederick, Maryland. She studied Early Childhood Education at Frederick Community College and Fairmont State University. She has been a nanny since 2007 and currently works as a live-out nanny for a family with three young children in Leesburg, VA. She has worked with her current nanny family for the past two years and truly enjoys watching the children in her care grow. In her downtime, Chelle enjoys crafting and revamping old furniture.
Jaynie Fawley lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and has been a nanny for five years. She works full time as a nanny for a 2 year old girl and her infant sister. Jaynie also owns The Kalamazoo Nanny Authority, a consulting firm that facilitates strong and healthy relationships between nannies and families in Southwest Michigan. She enjoys helping families find fantastic nannies that meet their needs and working with nannies to increase their skill set to become exceptional caregivers and find meaningful employment.
Jaynie’s quirks include preferring PBS documentaries to sitcoms, watching every independent film she can get her hands on, and reading Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck once a year. She loves to decorate (and redecorate) her home. Jaynie has loved the art of writing since childhood.
Stephanie Felzenberg has worked as a nanny for more than 21 years and is the Editor of How to Be the Best Nanny blog. She was the Editor of the nanny trade publication Be the Best Nanny Newsletter for 12 years. She volunteered as the International Nanny Association newsletter Editor for 4 years and published custom newsletters for nanny placement agencies for nearly a decade. She was the editor of The Child Care Textbook by Anne Merchant Geissler in 2007.
Farrah is an account manager and copywriter by day and attentive mom at night. None of which she could do without the help of great nannies. She is driven by a desire to be the best mom she can be and is thankful for every blessing that has come her way. When she is not chasing after clients or her children, she enjoys spending time with her extended family, reading, writing, learning new crafts and discovering new culinary heights in her kitchen. You can stay in touch with Farrah by visiting her website.
Meaghan is a former career nanny with over 10 years of experience in the industry. A passion for creativity and design, and a love of connecting with people lead her to begin her own event decor and design business, Birch Affair. Meaghan currently lives in Michigan. She enjoys running, never turns down a piece of dark chocolate, and has a sweet spot for Motown music.
Jamila is an enthusiastic home cook, baker, and amateur photographer based in London. She started her food blog pip & little blue in 2012 to combine her culinary and artistic passions and to share her recipes with others . Her recipes, a melting pot of home-cooked classics and something a little bit different, are created to make everything, healthy or indulgent, sweet or savory, look and taste like a celebration: a treat. Jamila uses fresh, simple ingredients in her cooking and is inspired by the changing seasons and her travels to different countries and cultures. She believes that there is nothing better in the world than feeding friends and family.
Check out her blog for recipes and inspiration for the busy cook or to get in touch with tales from your kitchen!
Kellie J. Knapp has been happily dating her husband for 16 years and has 3 children ages 14, 12, and 9. She has been working with children for over 20 years in many capacities from special education aide and nanny to reading and math interventionist, literacy teacher, Sunday School teacher, home school coordinator, and grade school substitute. Kellie earned her degree from New Tribes Mission in communications and linguistics in 2001. Currently she and her family reside in Waukesha, Wisconsin, but Kellie has taught (and been taught) all over the world, most recently during an eight-year stint in Papua New Guinea. Kellie is currently seeking the next adventure for her and her family!
Kelly Knowlton is a free-spirited, energetic, fun-loving, stay-at-home-mom of two little boys that are 15 months apart in age, and a 4 year old golden retriever. She earned her B.A. in History from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2006, and took a few early childhood education classes. She intends to pursue a master's degree in teaching. Kelly loves to explore and travel, bringing her boys with her everywhere and often focusing on preschool and toddler adventures. She is very hands-on and loves to help her boys learn through sensory play, books, outside play, and cooking. In her “spare” time she writes a blog that was originally intended to be a keepsake for her children, but has grown into a place that other mommy friends and nannies use as a resource for activities for their children.
Kelly also loves photography and is often found with a camera in her hand everywhere she goes. She is also a fifer for the Fyfes and Drumms of Olde Saratoga, where you will find her marching with her children. Kelly also is passionate about physical exercise, nutrition, and healthy living practices. She currently resides with her husband, children, dog, cat, and in-laws in Thomaston, CT.
Rebecca Kujawski graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Creative Writing in August of 2012. She created one of the largest creative writing workshops in Columbus, Ohio, called "Prosa: Workshop for Writers", a safe place for poets and authors to improve their work. Rebecca writes literary fiction in her spare time, hoping to obtain her master's in the craft when the time is right.
Becoming a nanny was a no-brainer for Rebecca based on her extensive work with children and the fact that a paddle ball in her cubicle kept her from going stir crazy in her office days. Nanny by day, writer by night, Rebecca considers herself an educator who hopes to inspire children for a lifetime of intellectual curiosity.
With her background as an International Nanny Association Credentialed Nanny specializing in caring for multiples, Michelle has been partnering with parents in raising their children since 1994.
With her extensive experience in newborn, infant, and child care, and with her passion for setting herself apart from her peers by providing top-notch service, Michelle is regularly called on by the most popular parenting magazines and websites to share her knowledge and expertise. She has been featured on Parents.com, Parenting.com, and BabyTalk.com and regularly contributes to ModernMom.com, Momtastic.com, and other popular parenting websites.
Michelle has contributed to TWINS Magazine and wrote a chapter for the best-selling Experts' Guide to the Baby Years. Michelle has also authored four books of her own entitled, Nanny to the Rescue!, Nanny to the Rescue Again!, Working Mom's 411, and A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists. She also coauthored Beyond Parenting Basics: The International Nanny Association’s Official Guide to In-Home Child Care.
Michelle is an active member of the nanny and baby planner communities. In 2004, Michelle was honored as the International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year and received accolades from President George Bush for her dedication to improving quality in-home childcare. Michelle serves on the advisory board of the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals and has served on the board of directors and as vice president of the International Nanny Association. She has also served as the executive director of the International Nanny Association and as a trainer for The Academy of Coaching Parents International.
Michelle currently serves as the editor in chief of Longhorn Leads, managing the content across their portfolio of care-related sites including www.eNannySource.com, www.GoNannies.com, www.NannyPro.com, and www.4Nannies.com, in addition to serving as the executive director ofMorningside Nannies, the company’s award-winning placement agency. She is also the Lead Educator at NannyTrainings.com
Michelle is a national speaker, bringing a message of hope and empowerment to moms' groups across the nation. She and her husband Jeff reside on Cape Cod with their daughter Abigail and their son Luke.
Matthew is a career nanny with 23 years of experience, at least 10 years of which have been dedicated to working with special needs children. He's currently working full-time as a Behavior Technician in an ABA Therapy center while continuing his nanny career on his time off.
Mr. Manny: The Three P's to Potty Training: The Nanny & Family (January 2018 issue)
Sarah is a recent college graduate turned professional nanny. Her days are filled with babies, too many trips to Starbucks, and her overweight chihuahua. Born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Sarah graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in the spring of 2012. From the beginning, she always knew that babies were who she wanted to work with, but it took a few years of exploring for the puzzle pieces to start falling into place. Being able to blend her passion for working with children and her degree in the field of Communication is a dream come true! Going to work each morning is now something she smiles about ear to ear knowing she gets to spend her days loving, teaching, and exploring with Peanut, the little lady who stole her heart at first glance.
Nicole Panteleakos has written several articles for Nanny Magazine, including the first ever cover story, an interview with the authors of The Nanny Diaries. She writes novels for middle grade and young adult readers, represented by agent Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Lit. She has a background in Special Education, primarily working with children on the Autism Spectrum. She currently works in New York City with two families and is working toward her MFA in Children's Literature at Hollins University.
Ashley Pletcher is a 27 year old living in Pittsburgh who has a heart for fashion, healthy living, cooking, cupcakes, and coffee. Ashley, while an accountant by trade, wanted an outlet to showcase her passions and creativity; hence, the blog Afternoon Espresso was born.
Fashion and food blogs that Ashley has followed have inspired her to create outfits or try new recipes. Compliments from friends and colleagues encouraged her to push boundaries and bring her own imagination to life in multiple facets of each and every day. Her favorite feedback is hearing her husband’s coworkers rave about the newest cupcake flavor she sent with him to the office.
Ashley realized the best way to connect with others who share her passions was to start a blog. She hopes to inspire others to live a healthy life by finding recipes that are both delicious and nutritious.
Dr. Jessica Richards is a chiropractor. She sees patients of all ages and backgrounds but specializes in pediatric and maternity care, not because she enjoys drool and other bodily fluids, but because she has a passion to ensure every child grows up to be as healthy as possible. In her spare time Dr. Jess enjoys volunteering, yoga, watching the Packers win, and hiking with her beagle, Lambeau.
One of the major organizations Dr. Jess volunteers with is Peak Potential Outreach. Peak Potential Outreach is an organization that gives free healthcare to communities in need around the world. On her trips she performs full physicals, gives lifestyle advice and chiropractic care. One of the aspects she most enjoys about the trips is that most of the patients cared for are children.
Dr. Jess graduated magna cum laude from St. Norbert College majoring in Biology and Environmental Science and a minor in Spanish. She then went on to graduate magna cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa with her Doctorate of Chiropractic. She is also member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Emily Study is currently a senior studying journalism at Loyola University Chicago. She works part time as a temporary copy editor at The Chicago Tribune. Emily is also the managing editor of Loyola’s student newspaper, The Phoenix. Prior to becoming the managing editor, she was the news editor for one year.She worked during summer 2013 as a copy editor intern at The Chicago Tribune, and has worked for the previous three summers as a reporter intern at the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio. She is a member of Loyola’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and earned Loyola’s “Outstanding Journalism Award” during her junior year in college.
Stef Tousignant is a mom, professional nanny, and blogger helping caregivers of babies and toddlers on AskaNanny.com by cutting out the trial and error of the first years with customized answers to the most perplexing questions. Just real useable advice, as soon as possible! Find her on Facebook or Twitter (#thenannyisin).