Childcare Providers


About Our Sitters

Each is individually selected for their energy, creativity, compassion, enthusiasm and experience and are thoroughly screened to ensure your child’s safety.  Each provider has a minimum of (3) years of childcare experience and some have early childhood education backgrounds.  Our wide range of sitters means we have the perfect provider for each family, whether it is the experience necessary to care for an infant or a large group.

Below are bios.  We will be happy to provide more detailed information on your individual sitter during the reservation process.  You are welcome to request a particular provider although availability can not be guaranteed.

Maria Mandis

Owner, OBX Island Childcare

I have lived on the Outer Banks almost 10 years after having moved here with my family from Chesapeake, VA in 2007. My husband, Mike, and I have three wonderful children (ages 15, 18 and 19) and enjoy living in the town of Southern Shores. I am a teacher by trade and have worked with children of all ages most of my life. Spending summers at the beach, with friends and family, has been a wonderful experience. My hope is to make your summer visit just as amazing with our childcare service. Hobbies: working outdoors, spending time with family, and serving at church.


I was born and raised in the Czech Republic. In 2012, I moved to the Outer Banks. This island became myMonika Zitnik home. In the Czech Republic, I was taking care of my very young brother. When he was born, I was 17 so basically I was his second mom. I’m very comfortable with babies. From bathing, changing diapers, feeding to getting them to sleep. Also while I was in University in Czech, as a side job I babysat for years. I watched a 5 year old boy. We did after-school activities together including homework, reading and playing developing games. When I moved to the US, I met Kiirsten and discovered this opportunity of babysitting here in the Outer Banks. Therefore, I’ve already worked for OBX Island Child Care and met so many amazing kids and babies. For the last two years, my husband and I lived in Florida and traveled to Asia. Now, we are back in the OBX and I miss time with children. I’m very responsible and enthusiastic with children. I like to cook, read, and dance. I enjoy all kinds of sports activities – running, riding bikes, swimming, roller blading and tennis (even if I’m not good at it). I love babies and children for their pure happiness, smiles and love which they can spread. I don’t have a TV for that reason. I prefer to spend time with kids creatively which means for me playing around the house, team games, drawing, writing stories, reading and anything else children like to do. I’m open minded, sociable, and I just really like kids and time with them.


Processed with VSCO with e3 presetMy name is Tracy and I am nineteen years old. I have lived on the other banks my whole life and I am in love with the beach. I graduated high school in 2016 and just completed my first year of college. My main hobbies are basketball, art, and photography. I have babysat since I was about ten because I have a younger brother and sister. I also would babysit family friends’ children. I think babysitting is a very fun job.



Morgan GatesMy name is Morgan Gates, I am 19 years old and I have had the pleasure of living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Kill Devil Hills specifically, my entire life. After graduating from First Flight High in 2016, I moved to Boone, North Carolina to attend college and am currently spending the summer at home working as much as possible in-between semesters. Growing up an only child with busy local parents, I attended a home daycare and developed a close relationship with my caretaker while helping with the younger children. I love kids of all ages and am equally as comfortable with adults. As well as swimming competitively since I was 9, I have extensive knowledge of the beach and sound areas.


I have lived on the Outer Banks for 4 years now (my dream come true) but have been coming here for vacations my whole life! I’m originally from Pennsylvania. My husband Jim and I have 3 kids, 20, 13 and 12 years old. My daughter Shannon is my sitter assistant. I am an esthetician and love taking care of people’s skin! I also love taking care of children. I did childcare in Pa. for 6 years. I also volunteer with our church childcare . I would love to help take care of your children while you are here on your vacation!


Hi my name is Meredith, I’m 19 years old from Richmond Virginia and I go to James Madison University. My Meredithfamily has a house in the Outer Banks and I have spent my summers here for my whole life. I just finished a year in Spain as an Au Pair and babysat frequently before that for kids of all ages! I love being outdoors, making crafts and playing games with the kids I babysit!


Hello! My name is Kyleigh and I am a rising junior at the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) where I am studyingKyleigh speech pathology and Spanish. I have been babysitting and nannying since I was 14, and have lots of experience with kids ages newborn-13. I have also had experience working with children with special needs as well as three years of life-guarding experience. I am a very active person and love to play, but the safety and well being of the children I watch is always my top priority.



Hello! My name is Ellie Cox, and I am a 20 year old college student, majoring in human nutrition. I am livingEllie down in the outer banks for the summer with a few friends, but I grew up coming here and loved it. I have babysat and nannied for years now for all ages and love getting to meet and hang out with new kids. I have always been very active, so i love being outside, swimming, and playing games. I look forward to meeting everyone this summer!


Hi my name is Charlotte and I am a rising junior at Virginia Tech majoring in Econ! I am from Richmond but my family has been coming to the Outer Banks since I was a baby. I have been babysitting since middle school Charlotteand was a full time nanny last summer. I also worked at a daycare this previous school year for kids ranging from 1 to 5 years old. I am very active so when I babysit I love playing games and even swimming in the pool or ocean with the kids!



TarynHi my name is Taryn and I will be starting my third year at Radford University in the fall, as a nursing major. I moved down to the outer banks this summer with some of my friends and would love to babysit throughout the summer. In high school, I was an activity counselor for a summer camp in Richmond, Virginia and last year, I decided to be a full time nanny. I have years of babysitting experience – ranging from newborns to 10 year old’s and love it all!



Hello, my name is Libby! I have lived on the Outer Banks for 12 years, having moved from Maryland. What used to be a family vacation spot has become my home and I am so thankful for the opportunity to live here. I am currently attending North Carolina State University, studying Global Relations. I have been babysitting for six years and have experience with ages as young as four months. Before attending university, I coached youth soccer teams (ages 4-6) for three years. It is of utmost importance that kids stay safe and have fun while they are in my care.I am CPR and First Aid certified. My hobbies include running, hiking and reading. I can’t wait to meet you and your kid(s)!



Hello, My name is Allissa. I have lived on the Outer Banks for about seven years now, and it has been an honor to grow up in such an amazing place. I remember visiting the beach when I was younger and those are memories I will never forget. Getting the chance to watch your children while you go out will give the children and I the perfect chance to bond. I will make sure that they have as much fun as they can with the time I get to spend with them. I’ve grown up around younger kids, so taking care of them when they’re sick, sad, happy, etc. comes naturally to me. Thank you for choosing OBXIC as your child-care service, you’ve got my promise on receiving the best quality child-care here on the beach!!

LindaLinda Zobel

I am a certified school teacher with 30 years of experience in all ages from newborn through teenagers. My strengths are my positive attitude, enthusiasm, and ability to connect with and encourage children. I have been babysitting since I was about 10 years old, when I discovered how much I loved working with children!  I have worked as an elementary teacher, special education teacher, as well as homeschooling my own 4 children. My volunteer experience includes being a caregiver in the local church nursery, vacation bible school, and choir.  I enjoy being active in outside activities, music, as well as playing games (my favorite is hide and seek), or helping with homework if needed. My favorite thing to do is just to have fun with the kids, using the imagination and creativity that they naturally possess.  In my free time,  I have a passion for teaching ways to live a healthy lifestyle as a nutritional health coach.



I’ve lived on the Outer Banks for over 30 years. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather live. I have 7 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren but I’m a young great-grandmother. I retired from the North Carolina DOJ as a processing assistant. I am happily enjoying my children and my church. I serve in the nursery every Sunday. I have also cared for several children from ages 6 months until they outgrew my help. I’m thankful for my family and church family. I feel that children visiting the OBX deserve a caring and safe environment. I will be happy to serve your family while you’re here.  Hobbies: the beach, fishing, billiards and my grandchildren/great-grandchildren.


HannahHello! My name is Hannah and I’d love to spend some time sitting your kids while you’re on vacation. I have experience working with kids mostly through sitting my siblings and for the neighbors in my hometown growing up. I am also CPR certified. I enjoy playing hands-on games with the kids like “freeze-dance” or hide-and-seek. I personally really enjoy painting, so coloring is also a favorite of mine. I’m pretty good with bedtimes because I like telling stories and reading books aloud to kids. Personal hobbies include flying hang gliders, painting, and attempting to surf.


My name is Leah and I have been on the OBX since I was 6 years old. My mom is excited about the bLeah Mandisusiness and I am just as excited that I get to help her. I love playing with kids and doing fun activities with them. I will be an assistant for you if you need someone to entertain  your kids. I will be in the 12th grade this Fall and am home schooled. Hobbies: crafts, surfing, playing piano, taking voice lessons, swimming and hanging out with family and friends …at the beach of course!