Kayla Ross Quits School to Babysit for Ms. Barbakow

Kayla Ross spends time with babies at the park in order to prepare herself for her new role. Photo: Mary Childs Hall

Senior Kayla Ross committed to play soccer at Boston University this past December. However, she has recently decided to quit this lifelong dream to become English teacher and dean Erica Barbakow’s full-time nanny. Ross has been playing soccer since she was three years old. “Playing soccer is all I’ve ever known or done,” she said. “Being a full-time babysitter is a step in the total opposite direction, but I believe that this job will be way more fulfilling than any sport.”

Beginning April 4, Ross will move into Ms. Barbakow’s home to be a live-in nanny. “We think it’s smart for her to get used to the house and my company before the babies come,” said Barbakow. They discussed the hours of 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. for the job, but Ross believes that it just makes more sense to sleep where she works.

After announcing to the senior class that she will be having twins, Ms. Barbakow began interviewing students that she believed would be the best fit. “I interviewed [seniors] Lily Wagoner, Alexandra Baker, Paige Fleming and Hannah White, who all expressed interest,” said Ms. Barbakow. Most of them were really qualified, but Kayla definitely stood out.

“I’ve known Kayla for a good four years now,” said Ms. Barbakow. “She is the most organized, trusting and compassionate student, and I couldn’t think of anyone else who would better take care of my precious babies.” Ms. Barbakow is confident that Ross will encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for her girls, Harper and Charlie. “My parents have also offered to help out, but I am a strong believer that children should be in a young and energetic atmosphere,” said Ms. Barbakow.

Now that Ross will be able to help her with the twins, Ms. Barbakow will no longer be taking a year off from teaching. “Having two babies just isn’t enough for me,” she said. “I love being around students and I just can’t wait to be a dean again. I can’t imagine not coming to Pace every day and sharing my wisdom.”

Ross will continue her education online through Devry University. “During the twin’s nap time or time with their mom I’ll just open my computer and get some work done,” said Ross. “I’m really not worried about my education because these children will give me real-life learning experiences. My mom is worried that I will love the job so much, I’ll never want to quit.” 


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