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.


Sarah MandisI have lived on the Outer Banks since I was in the 4th grade.  I graduated from First Flight High School in June 2016. I am currently attending the University of Tampa where I am double majoring in art and art therapy and swim distance for the UT swim team. I have been babysitting kids of all ages since I was 13 years old with lots of experience babysitting my younger brother and sister! I love getting to know and working with kids of all ages while having tons of fun with them.  Hobbies: swimming (of course), surfing, paddle boarding, hanging out with friends, and drawing and painting.




I grew up in Richmond, VA! I used to vacation in the Outer Banks as a kid so I was delighted to hear that my boyfriend and I would be moving here last summer! I spent 5 years in the Coast Guard after high school and I am currently an Exercise Science major at Virginia Commonwealth University. I have been babysitting since I was 13 years old and being around children is my passion. My hobbies include working out, reading, cooking, and of course going to the beach! I can’t wait to meet you and your family!


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. My family has property in Avon, Kill ing, writing and drawing.


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!!

BeBe (Barbara)

Born and raised in VA, I have had an incredible journey so far. Moving to the Outer Banks was a dream come true.  Raising two children, now 33 & 22 have been MEmy best accomplishments and blessings. My son & daughter-in-law have given Bebe (that’s my grandmother name) two beautiful grandchildren, a boy and a girl. They are so much joy to play with and watch their curious minds in action.  My daughter is attending college in Virginia majoring in Child Therapy.  She has so many life experiences ahead of her, I can’t wait! I am so proud of my kids!  I enjoy watching children learn through activity and conversation. I was Marketing Director for 7 years with Junior Achievement and loved every moment! Their little minds would absorbed so much and were willing to learn. I wish this world could get back to basics and enjoy life more. With that said, I would love to be a part of your summer and help make memories for your children!  Hobbies: Cooking, music, gardening, the beach, boating, fishing and making those memories with my family and friends!

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 live in Southern Shores, North Carolina and I’ve lived here since 2000. It’s been a great experience growing up on the Outer Banks. I’m currently a college student majoring in health care and also involved in many other activities. I’ve been babysitting since the age of 13 and absolutely adore kids of all ages. Hobbies: paddle boarding, going to the beach, reading and spending time with friends.




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.


Hello! My name is Deanna, I’m nineteen years old and I’m currently attending Loyola University in BaltimDeannaore, Maryland. I am double-majoring in theology and psychology with an interdisciplinary major in child development. I became a mother’s helper here in the Outer Banks nine years ago, and I have been independently babysitting for seven years. This will be my second summer working for Outer Banks Island Childcare and I have thoroughly enjoyed the memories and connections I have made through this service. I have experience with all ages, newborn to pre-teen, and I am lifeguard, CPR, and first aid certified. I am from Fairfield County, Connecticut, and the OBX has been my home away from home for many summers. For the past six years, I have enjoyed photography in both recreational and semi-professional settings. My other hobbies include soccer, writing, and traveling. I look forward to meeting your family and helping in any way I can!



My name is Lori, and I moved to the Outer Banks seven years ago from Lynchburg, Virginia. My husband Chris and I have two lovely daughters, seventeen and nineteen years old. I work as an assistant at Outer Banks Oral Surgery. I am active in youth ministry at Nags Head Church. It would be a pleasure to entertain your children while you enjoy your vacation here. Hobbies: Family, church, friends, and yard sales.




I’m currently a sophomore at Florida SouthWestern in Fort Myers, Florida, majoring in early childhood education. I love kids, and they seem to love me too. I began babysitting for relatives when I was fifteen and later was employed as a nanny for two fabulous little girls. I’m CPR certified, and have completed 45 hours of child care training. I will be in the Outer Banks for the month of July through the first week of August. I love to travel and meet new people, spend time with family and friends, go to the beach, play beach volleyball, read, write, and paint.



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.

Leah M – (Sitter’s Assistant)

My name is Leah and I have been on the OBX since I was 6 years old. My mom is excited about the new 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 11th 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!