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Thursday, December 17, 2009

What role music plays for the 1998 INA Nanny of the Year.

1998 INA Nanny of the Year Cynthia Wilkinson

Cynthia divides her time between her nanny career and her career as a professional musician. In 2000, Cynthia released her first children's CD called Jumpin' Up to the Moon and in 2003, she released Jumpin' On Down the Road. Cynthia is still very involved as a nanny for her 5 year old charge, Blake, and has enjoyed serving as a nanny mentor for INA. In 2004, she launched her website,, where she can now market her CD's to a national audience. Cynthia is also a faculty member of the Swallow Hill Music School and the Denver Center Theatre Academy, as well as an Artist in Residence with Young Audiences and the director of the children's choir, "Sound Seekers". Her work with children also includes serving as Master Teacher for the Metropolitan State College of Denver's Child Development Center and presenting at conferences throughout the country.

How receiving the NOTY™ award has impacted her career: Cynthia says "It was a wonderful experience to serve the nanny profession as NOTY™. One highlight was being featured on a local PBS program. I was not filmed or interviewed, but journalists from the Denver area discussed a story about me that was written in the Denver Post. They focused on my high level of education and professionalism. It was such an honor to be treated with respect by the press and not to be involved in a "tabloid level" of reporting. I was proud to be able to spread the word that there are many true professionals who have chosen to become career nannies."

What is she doing now? Cynthia is working as a nanny in the Denver area for an 18 month old girl and is celebrating her 10th year as a member of the faculty at the Denver Center Theatre Academy. In her spare time, she assists with a children's choir, and recently performed with the choir on her hammered dulcimer. Cynthia also enjoys being active in INA and writes for the associations newsletter, INAVision. Cynthia hopes to release her first lullaby CD, Jumpin' Into Dreamland, this spring.

Words of wisdom: Be creative in finding new ways to make your nanny career interesting. Look "outside the box" for new avenues to travel on your nanny journey.

Could you be the 2010 INA Nanny of the Year? Find out more about the nomination / application process on the INA website.

Are you looking for an INA Nanny of the Year mentor? Would you like to work with a past recipient of the award to answer questions, offer insight and guide you through the process? Read how the mentor program works and how you can take advantage of this offer through the INA.


Anonymous December 17, 2009 at 7:52 AM  

Cindy is the epitome of what a professional nanny should strive to be, an ultimate professional working to continue her education and at the same time create a life beyond her job.

Lizzy Scully December 18, 2009 at 3:07 PM  

I highlighted this blog entry today (12/17) on the Metro State College Denver -- Alumni Relations blog ( I'm trying to spread the word about cool things that MSCD employees and alumni are doing. Go Cindy!

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