about me

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Raising Helmicks is a blog about parenting and making the world better for babies.

Iย write about how my degree in Human Development, my spirituality, and my passion for designing a beautiful life for my family illuminate my journey as a parent.ย If you’re interested in these topics or just want to see some cute baby pictures,ย check out my first blog post!

I am a preschool teacher, a new mom to Rory, a baby Catholic, and the wife of an energetic lawyer who is my best friend. Kyleย is tall, funny, and charismatic.ย I’m biding my timeย until Dad is irrevocably the favorite parent.

We grew up in California and were married on August 1, 2015. Right now we live in gorgeous Alexandria, VA, spending as much time as we can exploring the DC area. It snows here, you guys!

I write on job applications that I enjoy hiking, which is true, but in real life you’re more likely to find me baking or cooking for someone I care about, wandering slowly through a thrift store, playing the ukulele for my appreciative baby, or stalking funny Twitter accounts.

As long as I can remember, I have loved working with children. ย After high school, I began volunteering as a nursery teacher for a local Bible study. Myย community college offered an Early Childhood Educationย programย so I looked into taking a few classes. I quickly fell in love with the field and my Preschool Teaching Certificate turned into a Bachelor’s degree in Human Developmentย with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.

While studying state-of-the-art childcare facilities and best teaching practices, I worked part-time teaching preschool and learned an incredible amount about what it takes to run a quality childcare facility–and why so many fall short.

I was preparing to start a Master’s program in Early Childhood Special Education in January 2016, but my acceptance letter happened to coincide with some even more exciting news: Rory was on his way!

I decided to postpone graduate school and continue teaching preschool until Rory was born (stay tuned for an upcoming birth story blog series!) and I have been lucky enough to be able to stay homeย with him.

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Let’s make the world better for babies.