2022 Family Helper of the Year
Menana (Mona) Roudah
Mona was born and raised in Morocco and has lived in the U.S. for 20 years. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal law and was a prosecutor in Morocco. She also has a Teacher’s Assistance Certificate that she acquired in the U.S. Shortly after her arrival in the U.S., Mona began raising two beautiful children of her own, one of whom had special needs. Her children are now 15 and college aged. It was while raising her own young children that she decided to begin her career as a nanny. Working as a nanny came naturally to her. She loves working with both parents and their children and being an instrumental support for each of them.
Mona loves working as a professional nanny as there is always something new to offer every day. She feels she is kind and fair and understands how to adjust to each unique child she cares for. She easily connects with them in ways no one else can. She likes developing strong bonds with both parents and children that she works with. She is selfless and hardworking, and she believes in putting others’ needs before her own. She is incredibly talented at what she does. It brings her great pleasure knowing that she has brought joy into many children’s lives, and that she is a savior to their parents. Her sense of commitment to every aspect of the job brings her enjoyment and great pride. She believes that part of her job is to accommodate her employer’s needs, and they are grateful to her for her flexibility and sense of devotion.
Mona feels very privileged to be able to do what she loves for a living and finds her career very rewarding. She adores the families that she works for and finds joy in watching their children grow and mature. She feels a great sense of accomplishment in her chosen career. Mona is well respected and revered in her community. Her previous employers keep in contact with her because of how much they appreciate her and trust and respect her skills. They love her and feel she is an irreplaceable person in their lives, as well as an extended member of their family. She feels she has had a great positive impact on the lives of many parents and children. Mona strives at being incredibly accommodating and thoughtful, and she is always up for any task, with the ability to complete it flawlessly. She believes no challenge is too big. She faithfully ensures that the children in her care are happy and healthy. She enjoys being creative and bringing positive energy into her employer’s home. She can quickly become a friend and confidant to someone. She brings light and charm that can please anyone. People gravitate to her charismatic personality.
Mona’s hobbies include fishing, cooking, and reading books. She loves to cook all kinds of Moroccan dishes from her hometown and enjoys books about history. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach or the park.
Mrs. L., Mona’s current employer, describes her as “thoughtful and attentive to our three young children under the age of 4. She always brings a smile with her every morning and has so much patience. She is prepared (making lunches and packing bookbags the night before) and organized (our playroom and mudroom is so well put together). Mona diligently observes the children’s sessions so that she can carry over the tips/exercises with the kids. Our daughter enjoys foods, routines, clothing, etc., and Mona is exceptionally patient with her and remembers the way she likes to do things, so she is happy and content. She is very playful with our daughter, and our daughter looks forward to spending time with her playing and having meals.”
“Mona is outstanding every day, but I was especially impressed when we moved to a new house last year and she seamlessly packed, unpacked, and organized all of the kid’s clothing and toys to their bedrooms and playroom.”
“Mona is the best nanny we ever had. I know she loves our kids so much and it shows how happy they are spending time with her. She understands they all have unique needs and does her very best to give them personalized attention, all while keeping our home so tidy and organized. She never stops moving and really strives to do the best she can each and every day. We love having Mona as part of our family!”