Faces of FOSS: Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson
Office Manager
Ankeny, IA


What’s your name and do you have any nicknames students call you? 

Jennifer Anderson aka. Swimming Jenny


What is your current job title at FOSS? 

Office Manager at our Ankeny location


How long have you worked for FOSS? 

Almost a year!


What is your favorite part of working for FOSS?  

The kiddos!  I absolutely love seeing the kids and getting to know their families as they swim with us weekly.


Can you tell us your favorite FOSS Story? 

Bringing the love of water to our Ankeny, Iowa location has definitely been my favorite part of working at FOSS. Introducing FOSS here in Ankeny has been so fun, seeing the families light up as they become familiar with our lessons. Having both adults and kids saying our lessons aren’t long enough and they can’t wait to come back next week is definitely rewarding.


What is your favorite skill to teach and why?

I enjoy teaching side breath.  It’s a challenging skill but when the swimmer catches on it’s amazing!  They just take off and have no reason to look back.


What is your personal favorite water activity?

I am a kid at heart, I love water parks! My children are getting to the age that we can take them to a water park and enjoy everything from the lazy river to some of the faster water slides.


As a child, how did you feel about the water? Did you have any particular challenges or lack of confidence you needed to overcome to learn to swim well?

I can’t remember not being able to swim. My mom would take me to swim meets in the stroller. I grew up around pools. I can’t imagine not having water in my life.


What is your favorite swim lesson activity to do with kids and why?  

My favorite activity to do at swim lessons is our safety stroke. Not only are the kids so excited to see how far they can swim unassisted but it gives the parents peace of mind knowing their kids are learning a life-saving skill. As a swim instructor, I have always said I save lives, teaching a life-saving skill.


Have you swum competitively?

I swam competitively since I could make it down the 25 yard pool until I graduated high school.  I was captain of our high school swim team my senior year and I cherished that year of being part of the team but also being one of the leaders.



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