Rebecca Shirley, Owner

“Hi there, my name is Rebecca! I’ve been babysitting since I was a baby myself (middle school!) and childcare has never felt like a job to me; I truly LOVE spending time with kids. I have experience with itty bitty newborns from the age of 3 weeks, up to disabled teenagers and just about everything in between. I have had the wonderful experience to care for a wide range of special needs children, and have been able to nanny and babysit for countless families in Hampton Roads over the last 5 years. I have been nannying for my current family for two years now, since their sweet baby was 4 months old!

I am so, so proud of this female owned and operated team.

I make a point to know each sitter personally, and can 110% say they are the most caring and qualified individuals out there. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities this company has given me; giving back and serving my community is so important to me. Currently at 50 sitters and growing, we have served over 1,400 families in the Hampton roads area.

Outside of owning Tidewater Tots, I have been a volunteer EMT for the City of Virginia Beach for the past 3 years. I recently passed all national testing to receive my Paramedic license (which includes a Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification), and graduated with my associates degree in Emergency Medical Services. My goal and dream is to be a firefighter paramedic! I have a little rescued pitbull named Gemma, and I love doing just about anything outside- hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, you name it!"

María Camila, Manager

Hello everyone! My name is María Camila and I have been with Tidewater Tots since December of 2021! I feel so fortunate and take so much pride in being a part of such an amazing team of women, all of whom are so passionate about supporting the families in our community. 

I am originally from Cali, Colombia, moved to Miami in 2009, and have lived in Virginia Beach for the past 3 years! I have a Career Studies Certificate in Early Childhood Development and I am currently working towards my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education through TCC. I am a mommy to a loving and energetic 2 year-old little human; he is the light of my eyes & my motivation in life. I have worked in childcare for over 5 years and I have 2 years of experience as a preschool lead teacher. I am fluent in Spanish and love to implement Spanish words around the home with my son and all the little minds I care for! I really enjoy hiking—my favorite hike so far has been Old Rag Mountain! I also love indoor rock climbing & going for bike rides when it isn’t too cold outside. All in all, if it involves being outside: I’m in! 

I decided to join the Tidewater Tots team so that I can spend more time with my son, while continuing to do what I am most passionate about: providing little ones with nurturing, fun learning experiences & giving families the help they need. I am a strong believer in “it takes a village to raise a child!” I am very much looking forward to continuing to grow and make lasting connections to the community here in the Hampton Roads!

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Katelynn Morgans, Nanny Coordination

Hey there, my name is Katelynn! I’ve been with Tidewater Tots from the very beginning and have had the privilege of not only serving so many wonderful families in the community, but the opportunity to experience so much growth and dedication within the company and the women we work with. I’m so grateful to be on such an empowering and hard-working team of women that love kiddos as much as I do! 


I grew up in a military family so I’m from all over and consider many different places home, but I’ve been in the Hampton Roads area for 4 years now. I’m currently a bridal hair and make up artist and absolutely adore it! I look forward to spending my Saturday’s surrounded by so much love and joy and making brides feel like their most confident self. I started babysitting at 14 after taking the Red Cross Babysitting and CPR course and have always had a love for children. In high-school I was a swim instructor and lifeguard, teaching swimming lessons from as little as 6 months to 12 years old and got to celebrate all the kiddos accomplished as they gained new skills and moved up in their lessons. It was then when I realized I couldn’t imagine not working with children! They’re so free-spirited and kind-hearted and bring so much joy to my day-to-day life. I’m truly so in-love with what I do and the opportunities that have been provided to me. In my free time you can also find me curled up with my golden retriever and my cat, Beans, watching a rom-com or taking a much needed nap. 

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