Two weeks ago, the INA honored a new INA Nanny of the Year. We’ll introduce you to her on Thursday, but we want to take a moment and introduce you to all the nominees for this great honor.
The NOTY™ award is presented annually by the International Nanny Association (INA) to recognize the personal achievements of a working nanny. INA’s Nanny of the Year™ (NOTY™) serves as an example of the best kind of nanny and represents a positive role model for our industry and association. The NOTY™ is expected to perform specific duties before, during and after the INA annual conference.
INA’s Nanny of the Year honor is given each year to an incredible working nanny that exemplifies the best kind of nanny. It is a difficult decision for the NOTY Selection Committee to make because our NOTY Nominees are always amazing! The Nanny of the Year Luncheon is consistently a highlight of INA’s annual conference and this year is sure to be no different. We are delighted to introduce you to our 2014 NOTY Nominee’s.
10 years ago Cindy seamlessly transitioned from her job as a day care teacher into a professional Nanny career and she’s never looked back. Cindy enjoys spending her days making a difference in children’s lives, one child at a time and helping the entire family grow together as a unit. Cindy has worked with multiples, families dealing with terminal illness and divorce. She always steps up to a challenge by demonstrating a ‘can do’ work ethic.
Cindy was nominated by Amy Kilbury who shared these words, “ Cindy consistently goes above and beyond my expectations and is an exemplary professional. Cindy’s ability to bond with my children, her amazing positive attitude, and her proactive approach make her a remarkable Nanny.”
Clare Carlisle Stranger feels being a Nanny is an exceptional opportunity to have a really rewarding job, one that should be held in the highest esteem. Clare’s love of children began as a mother, raising her own two daughters (now 18 and 15). After more than a decade volunteering within their school system and her daughters grown, Clare began her Nanny career in 2008. Clare’s favorite thing about being a Nanny is the guidance she is able to offer children throughout their life’s journey. That passion led to Clare being honored as this year’s first ‘Placement Solutions, Australian Nanny of the Year.’
Clare was nominated by Louise Dunham who said, “ In our agency dealings with Clare since inception she has invariably been polite, on time and always puts the welfare of the children in her care first.”
Sheri Lopez has been working as a professional Nanny for 32 years and it’s not a responsibility she takes lightly. Sheri feels it’s her role and duty to care for, protect, educate and guide impressionable young minds, and to encourage them to become confident and educated individuals. Since 1982 Sheri has worked with over 45 families, attended numerous professional development classes and proved herself deeply committed to the child care industry through extensive volunteer efforts in her community.
Sheri was nominated by Carolyne Rother and Laura Messa who had this to say about her. (Carolyne) “Sheri was educated and always attending classes to learn more about my son’s medical conditions. She has impacted us as a family and showed us what a dedicated in-home child care provider is all about.” (Laura) “Sheri’s dedication to the children in her care is obvious; she makes it a point to be the best that she can be for them and for others.”
For Tirzah, being a Nanny is an amazing opportunity to be invited into someone’s home to help them with their most important mission in life, caring for their children. Now in her seventh year, Tirzah has diligently helped a young charge who suffers with double hearing loss navigate tremendous hurdles to reach all age appropriate milestones. She has been involved with several local nanny groups in the Atlanta area and enjoys regularly participating in community service projects and finding creative ways to encourage her charges to ‘give back.’
Tirzah was nominated by Deby Glidden who had this to say, “ Tirzah has seemingly endless patience and energy with the children. She is in total sync with the parents and has helped develop wonderful creative skills in each of the children.”