After 30 years of perseverance, a 51-year-old nanny earns a college degree

Indeed reports that the average salary of a nanny in New York City exceeds $50,000. It can be difficult at times, but it can pay the bills and frequently does not require a college degree.

Lyn Thomas, a 30-year-old nanny, had always desired a higher education, regardless of the occupation she held.

Now that she has earned her associate’s degree, she intends to attend Hunter College and work towards her bachelor’s degree.


Thomas moved from the Caribbean island of Grenada to New York to live with her mother when she was 18 years old. She eventually found employment as a house cleaner and a nanny.

She desired to complete her education, but events transpired and decades passed.

Thomas earned her GED at the age of 48, and just a few years later, at the age of 51, she earned an associate’s degree in public health from Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Even Thomas made the dean’s list!

Thomas stated, “I worked very hard for this,” Thomas said. “I didn’t have a high school diploma. Because I’m a go-getter, you can’t tell me no. I will do it.”

Despite being an older college student than the average, Thomas is just getting started. She intends to continue her education at Hunter College with the ultimate goal of providing her community with access to better health care and nutritious food options.