A little about me:
I have always loved swimming ever since I was a little kid. My love for swimming all started when I was enrolled in swim classes at the age of 3. Growing up, I would spend every moment I could swimming in my pool. During the summer days, you would always find me in the water. My family would joke and tell me I was going to “grow gills” from spending so much time in the pool!
I would consider myself to be a very outgoing, kind person. My love and compassion for learning and teaching is why I decided to pursue a degree in grades 4-7 Mathematics, as well as K-12 Special Education. When I was young, my teachers made such an impact on my life. They made me enjoy the classes and were the adults I could turn to if I needed to talk. I kept that in the back of my mind as I pursued my education degree. Whether I am teaching in the classroom, coaching soccer, or teaching swim lessons, I want to have an impact on my students – I want to make a difference! I love seeing the things I am teaching click for my students, which is why I love teaching swim. I love seeing the progress my students make and how excited they are when they finally master a skill we have been working on.
My teaching style differs from student to student, as I like to make sure all my student’s needs are met. However, the one thing that is a consistent throughout all my lessons is my students safely learning their skills, all while having fun! For me, I have noticed that when students are having fun, they not only remember and retain the information better, but they also enjoy it and are motivated to keep learning! Because of this, having a good line of communication between me and my students/their parents is super important! I want them to feel safe and comfortable while having fun.
It is very important to me that for beginners, we start out by getting them comfortable in the water. Once they are comfortable in the water, it will be easy for them to begin progressing. It is very important to learn and master the survival skills before learning the strokes. This is for the safety of all swimmers! The survival skills taught are a doorway to all of strokes. Not only are the survival skills important for safety, but it also builds the confidence swimmers need to learn strokes!
I motivate younger swimmers by making the environment a very fun and exciting place. Toys and games are very common ways I motivate my students. This gives them something to look forward to and to work towards. Making the swim lesson a fun place motivates students to want to learn more. When students are having fun learning, a lot of time they do not even realize they are learning. This is how I have found my students get motivated and really absorb the information and the lessons the most.
I use my background in special education to help aid me in teaching those who are on the spectrum or have other special needs. I have taught many special needs lessons before for swimmers of all ages. I like to meet parents’ goals by having good communication with them. After communicating what said goals, I can then form my lesson plans with the those in mind.
I currently have my CPR certification as well as my lifeguard certification. Let’s have fun swimming!
*Tuition fees are based on one private half hour lesson per week until the end of a specific session. Pricing may vary depending on your enrollment date and type of class.