Faces of FOSS: Laura Lindsay
St. Paul, MN
How long have you worked for FOSS?
Coming up on five years this spring session!
What is your favorite part about working for FOSS?
The people, from the instructors to the shift coordinators and site directors. No matter which location I visit, the people’s welcoming, helpful, warm personalities shine!
What path did you take to the position you’re in now?
I started as a parent, bringing my son, Hunter, to Backfloat Baby classes at FOSS’ Woodbury location. When the St. Paul location opened, I applied and started teaching! After a session or two, I started working in the office—a lot! I became deck assistant and shift coordinator trained and eventually transferred to our St. Louis Park location to be head receptionist. After just a few sessions, FOSS put me on the path to becoming office manager at St. Paul!
Can you share one of your favorite FOSS memories?
One of my favorite classes was a Big 1 class with an older, very nervous swimmer. She seemed embarrassed that she was so nervous around water. After building trust, she listened to me, took my advice and gave it her all! Within a few short weeks, she was mastering skills. And with her new confidence boost, she started flying through the level—from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced! She graduated to Big 2 by the end of the session, and I taught her again the following session, where she graduated again to Big 3! Watching her grow from hesitant beginner to confident swimmer is what we’re all about, and the experience is something I’ll never forget.
What is your favorite age group to teach and why?
Little 1s, especially the squirrely and nervous kids! I love watching the nervous kids come out of their shells and build their confidence. And I love showing the parents of squirrely 3-year-olds that their child is making progress (for example, actively participating for 20 minutes before losing focus this week vs. only making it 15 minutes last week). Progress is progress, and I have the patience for it!
What is your favorite skill to teach and why?
Pancake flips! I’ve learned plenty of tricks to help kids learn, so I have bunch of tips up my sleeve! Also, the pancake song is pretty cool.