A little about me:
In 1981, I was a young girl swimming and diving into the deep end, and keeping up with the older kids. It was a quick 4 years later, and I was the star swimmer on my first summer swim team. By the time I was in junior high in 1988, I had already competed in two regional swim meets, a national swim meet, and had been recruited to swim for the top swimming high school in the state. I have been swimming competitively since 1985, and my hard work lead to a scholarship. I went to Westminster College in the mid-late 1990’s on a swimming scholarship. It was during this time in which I earned 6 All-American swimming awards, and my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
I began helping kids learn to swim and improve their strokes before I can even remember. I officially taught American Red Cross Certified swim lessons beginning in the early 1990’s. It was during that time that I started lifeguarding at local swim clubs, and eventually became the assistant swim coach which ultimately lead to becoming the head swim coach for two local swim clubs. Upon graduating college in 1994, I started my first teaching job along with my first job coaching at the junior and high school levels. This was a dream I’ve had since I was a small child. Being the granddaughter of a teacher, I knew I always wanted to teach and as I got older, that I had to! I’ve always had a strong desire to coach swimming. I am kind, patient, understanding, and optimistic, and I believe teaching and life should be fun.
Having given countless private and group lessons ranging from infants to young adults, I believe and have seen first hand how important it is for young children to know how to swim. Personally I don’t remember not knowing how to swim. My grandmother never learned to swim, and my mom did not want us to have the same fear of the water, so we learned at a very young age.
To me there is something magical about seeing an infant, toddler, or child learn to swim. It’s like watching a baby take their first steps. I love being able to teach a child how to feel safe in the water. For me the easiest way to motivate a child, or anyone for that mater, is to show them just how wonderful swimming can be. Chatting with the parent (or guardian) about what they would like for their child to be able to do in the water, helps me to develop an individualized plan for each of my students Having been a part of the Adapted Aquatics Program in the mid 1990’s, I have experience giving individual lessons to children with Cerebal Palsy. In the late 1990’s I was fortunate enough to be a teacher in the Special Olympics Aquatics program. Again, helping a child to feel safe and happy in the water while having fun is what lessons with me are all about!
I currently have my American Red Cross lifeguarding, CPR and First-Aid certifications. I have held my WSI (water safety instructor) certification multiple times
Spring 2020: April 1st – June 30th