HAWTHORNE, N.Y. -- Instead of being a victim of the recession Hawthorne resident Lisa DeRienzo started her own business, pumping new job opportunities into Westchester's economy.
DeRienzo, a New York State certified teacher couldn't find a steady teaching job, and had been working as a full-time nanny, when she started ASmartNanny.com two years ago.
Many of her friends, who were also struggling to find work, began asking her to find them nanny gigs as well. DeRienzo, a lifelong Westchester resident who has lived in Hawthorne for more than 15 years, put the two together and ASmartNanny.com was born.
"I'm always hiring," said DeRienzo, 30, who is the company's chief executive officer. "I get new jobs daily and I'm always looking for college students/graduates to join my network. It’s rewarding to give back to a community that I love."
ASmartNanny.com currently has a network of about 50 nannies, teachers and tutors that is growing weekly. The company employs college-educated nannies, babysitters and tutors who are Westchester-based and can drive. All of DeRienzo's part-time and weekend staff are either teachers or nurses.
"I run extensive background checks and verify references personally before sending a nanny to meet with a family," said DeRienzo, who has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Pace University and a master's degree in childhood education from Mercy College.
ASmartNanny.com, which is run out of DeRienzo's Mount Pleasant home, has placed more than 25 individuals in full-time and part-time positions since January. To thank her customers, for the entire month of October DeRienzo is offering 25 percent off ASmartNanny's one-time placement fee on all services.
"This is by far the busiest time of year and I wanted to give back to my customers," DeRienzo told Daily Voice. "Parents want to start the new school year fresh, with new, great childcare."
DeRienzo, a member of the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce and Professional Women of Westchester, said she is looking forward to expanding her business and is currently planning her first event for ASmartNanny.com.
“The best part of my job? Knowing that I am still indirectly working with kids and providing them with the best possible care,” said DeRienzo. “My employees love their respected families and are very grateful to have found work.”
Visit www.asmartnanny.com to book a nanny, babysitter or tutor or to apply for a position.
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