May 12-15, 2011, the nation’s best nannies and placement agencies gathered together in Tampa, Florida to celebrate 26 years of excellence in an industry they are passionate about: in-home child care.
Over 125 members of the International Nanny Association gathered at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay to increase their knowledge and hone their skills to polish up on their professionalism. “Unfortunately, the media often portrays nannies as something other than they really are” says Susan Tokayer, co-president of INA. “By educating the media, parents and the public on what a true professional nanny is, it is our hope that families will make better choices regarding childcare for their children.”
During the event, Marcia Hall of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was named the 2011 INA Nanny of The Year (NOTY) award recipient. “Marcia Hall is the perfect picture of an exemplary nanny, not only in her work, but also in her professional conduct. In addition to being the best of the best in her profession, she is of legal working status and adheres to all required state and federal tax laws; a hot topic not only in the political arena, but also in the media,” said Wendy Sachs, co-president of INA.
Marcia has been working with children and families for that past fifteen years. She is a Certified Professional Nanny, an INA Credentialed Nanny, a 3 time nominee for the International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year award and an ACPI Certified Coach for Families. Marcia is also a graduate of the English Nanny and Governess School (1997) and of the Academy of Coaching Parents International (2010) and has served as a certified minister, children’s ministry director and foster parent.
Marcia and her husband Scott are the proud parents of 2 year old daughter Nadia, whom they adopted days after birth. Marcia believes that the knowledge she has gained through becoming a parent is invaluable to her nanny career. She now understands on a deeper level the stress and emotions parents face as they make decisions and raise their children.
In her years of nanny experience, Marcia has cared for children aged newborn to teen and has worked with children whom have special needs. She currently nannies full-time for a family with two children, an 8 year old boy and a 4 year old girl. She feels fortunate she’s able to have the best of both worlds, bringing her own child to work with her while making a positive difference in the life of her nanny family.
As is tradition, this prestigious award was presented by the previous year’s award recipient, 2010 NOTY Greta Schraer at the annual NOTY Luncheon.
In addition to the 2011 NOTY Luncheon, the 26th annual INA conference included 3 days of information-packed workshops for all those involved in the in-home child care industry. Attended by nannies, governesses, newborn care specialists, traveling nannies, nanny agency owners and their staff, as well as industry service providers from all over the world, the conference featured noted speakers including Shari Mezrah, The Sleep Mom and author of The Baby Sleeps Tonight, nationally recognized expert in household employment law, Bob King of Legally Nanny and nanny educator, Carolyn Stulberg, of the Alexandra School.