Natalie has always been passionate about working with children. Growing up in a small town outside of San Francisco she spent her time in high school teaching dance classes and tutoring children in elementary school. She was also very involved in athletics, leadership, and the drama department at her school. Natalie went on to attend college at UCLA where she majored in Sociology and minored in Disability Studies. While at UCLA she had the opportunity to work as a Behavioral Therapist with young children diagnosed with autism through their Early Child Partial Hospitalization Program. She also volunteered as a Child Life Specialist at Mattel Children’s Hospital providing emotional support to children and their families through education, preparation, play, and self-expression activities.
Natalie spent a summer in Tanzania living with a traditional Massai family and tutored youth at an HIV/AIDS orphanage. While in Tanzania she also taught HIV/AIDS education and prevention in schools, as well as elementary and middle school level Math and English. After college Natalie spent time working for Adventures Cross Country, where she led trips for teenagers and guided them through various community service and outdoors experiences. On these trips she would teach leadership skills, team building, and environmental awareness in exciting locations such as Kenya, Hawaii, and Yosemite.
Currently Natalie is a Private Tutor and graduate student at Columbia University where she is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s of Public Health. While in school, she spent this past summer working with mentally ill at-risk youth from Juvenile Hall and inner city neighborhoods of San Francisco. Natalie used therapeutic interventions to teach life skills, compensatory techniques, and empowerment strategies to maximize the youths potential in age appropriate life roles. She specifically led groups and worked individually with youth on topics such as vocational readiness, independent living skills, organizational skills, anger management, coping skills, and goal setting/attainment.
Natalie is a very enthusiastic individual who prides herself on her ability to relate to a wide range of children and help each child identify their specific motivations and use them to meet their full potential. In her free time she enjoys long runs in Central Park, cooking, and exploring NYC.