Faces of FOSS: Maresa Wynd

Maresa Wynd
Chicago, IL

How long have you worked for FOSS?

For about a year and a half!

What is your favorite part of working for FOSS? 

Getting to work with great people, and helping students take their first step in learning how to swim.

Can you tell us your favorite FOSS Story?

My favorite FOSS story is when I had a student who was terrified to hide their eyes in the water. One day, they decided to try—when they realized they had done it on their own and that they were okay, they became super excited about it. After that, I couldn’t get them to keep their face out of the water.

What is your favorite level to teach and why?

My favorite level to teach is a Little 1. You get to help them build the foundation for their swimming skills!

What is your favorite skill to teach and why?

My favorite skill to teach is pancake flips, because it’s one of the bigger skills that our students learn for safety and to progress with their other skills. Also, getting to see the kids get super excited when they finally master the skill is always a great feeling.

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

I had a student who had been struggling with his flip for a while, and I had tried explaining it several different ways. Then one day as I was explaining it again, and it just clicked! He finally was able to flip on his own. The student was always a little bit more reserved, but when he got back to the step, he turned to his mom and had this huge grin on his face. After that he always wanted to go first and when it became time to practice flips, he would always want to demonstrate for the rest of the class. His mom was super proud of him—and so was I!

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

My goal as a swim teacher is not only to help kids become a safer and stronger swimmer, but to also learn to love water!


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