St. Louis Park, MN
How long have you worked for FOSS?
About two and a half years.
What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?
The kids, my coworkers, the positive atmosphere, all of it! It feels good to say that I love my job, it’s a big part of who I am and what I aspire to be. Laughter before learning is so important. I love watching kids grow and learn and achieve something they’ve been working towards.
What is your favorite level to teach and why?
I love teaching the Middles because they are starting to understand the strokes and really want to learn.
What is your personal favorite water activity?
I love hanging out at the beaches around Minneapolis. I’m there almost every weekend!
What is your favorite skill to teach?
Monkey cheeks, because it is so cute when kids make that face! Especially when they make it the wrong way, or extra big, and smile when they realize they’ve done it right and made you happy. I also love doing chop-chop-timbers with kiddos and watching the silly ways they jump in (safely of course) and their facial expressions. It’s really rewarding to teach a child such an important safety skill.
Can you recount a major “lightbulb” moment for a student of yours?
My favorite is when a child realizes that they CAN swim on their own. When that light bulb clicks it is so incredible to watch them gain even more confidence and have their parent gasp with astonishment! It is always a fun, exciting moment when that tough skill is accomplished!
What was your most fulfilling achievement in the water?
I swam with Aquajets when I was younger and then on my high school swim team as well. My most fulfilling achievements were making it to state with my relay team and in my 50 and 100 freestyle.
What is your biggest accomplishment in life?
I believe that my biggest accomplishment has been finding happiness in myself, what I’m doing and where I’m going in life. The most important thing I’ve learned in the past couple years is that you are your own happiness. Everything is cyclical, the positive energy you put out into the world will surely come back around!