Faces of FOSS: Lexi Dolan

Lexi Dolan
Shift Coordinator
Libertyville, IL


How long have you worked for FOSS?

2.5 years! I started in the office and teaching, and then after a year became a deck assistant, and then after another year became a shift coordinator.

What is your favorite part about working for FOSS?

My favorite part about working at FOSS is the students. I have always worked with kids, but with this job, you get to see so many accomplishments and the happiness they bring to each family and swimmer.

Tell us your favorite FOSS story.

My favorite FOSS story is of my special needs swimmer Julianne. She did nothing at first besides back floats with songs. Toward the end of the session, she was doing Little 2 skills! It was such a happy moment for everyone. 

What is your favorite level to teach and why? 

My favorite level to teach is Little 3, because the students are almost independent, but they also have so much fun and rely on you for some help. It’s cute to see how they progress. 

What is your favorite water activity and why?

My favorite water activity is boating! I live on the lake, so most summer nights are spent on the water tubing, eating and having fun! 

As a child, how did you feel about the water?

I was always comfortable in the water, but I never knew how to go under without getting water in my nose, so I always plugged it! So thankful to have been taught “monkey cheeks.”

Can you recount a student of yours who experienced a major “lightbulb” moment when you were with them? 

My favorite lightbulb moment happened over the summer in my Big 4. There was a student who really struggled with butterfly recovery and she finally got it! Mom was so happy, she just kept thanking me, and the student cried when she found out she moved to the next level! It was a proud moment for everyone involved. 

What is your favorite skill to teach and why?

I love doing rings with my students, because going under water independently and getting as many rings as they can in one breath is so awesome to watch. 

Anything else you wish you could tell parents about you as they bring their children to FOSS?

I would want parents to know that my favorite part about this job is being able to pinpoint specific skills students need to improve on to help their overall swimming experience and their swim strokes.

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