The INA Nanny of the Year™ (NOTY™) award is presented annually by the International Nanny Association (INA) to recognize the personal achievements of a working nanny. INA’s NOTY™ represents a positive role model for our industry and association. We are excited to introduce you to our five 2021 INA Nanny of the Year™ Nominees over the next few days. Today, we would like you to meet Sarah Foster of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Sarah is an INA Credentialed career nanny/house manager. For almost a decade, her career has led her to work with several families where her nanny style brings a touch of whimsy to daily routines. Sarah loves teaching children emotional intelligence, empathy, awareness, and kindness. Her hopes are that through her efforts, she can help to raise a kinder, more accepting generation.
Sarah’s passion lies in advocating for nannies and achieving unity within the industry. She serves as the INA Ambassador of the Minnesota chapter, and Recruiting Assistant and Community Director for CincyNanny, a Cincinnati-based agency, where she co-leads their Nanny Panel in organizing social and professional development opportunities for local nannies.
Sarah is ⅓ of a trio of Twin Cities-based nannies that founded Hotdish Nannies, a group whose aim is to strengthen connections within the Twin Cities nanny community and education and awareness in all matters regarding nannies as professionals. She believes that having a supportive community is imperative to success within the industry, and values her role in making that a reality.
Outside of nannying Sarah enjoys playing D&D, exploring the Twin Cities with her partner, Michael, and loving on her cat, Minerva Jean.
Sarah’s reference had this to say about her: “She builds communities. She became a critical, valued member of our kids’ school community, a leader in our local NANNY AGENCY team, mentoring younger and newer nannies, and worked to make sure our kids became valued, productive member of the groups and communities of which they’re a part– sports teams, local groups, classrooms, etc. It’s never just about her, it’s about how the family or the child or the nanny agency can work as a team to achieve more than initially imagined. She brings out the best in people, and makes them stronger contributors to the team.”