Faces of FOSS: Rachel Ahmad

Rachel Ahmad

Swim Teacher
Maple Grove, MN

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?:

Mint Chocolate Chip

What is your favorite food?:


What is your favorite swim skill?:

Pizza Arms

Share your favorite Foss story.:

Start Wars is my favorite movie series, and one of my first little 1 classes had a boy who always wore Star Wars swimsuits, so we played a lot of Star Wars games. He put his eyes in the first time by himself to look at the “planets” (rings) we had hidden under the water, and he always wanted to sing Star Wars during back floats, so I always “sang” the Darth Vader theme song to him.

Can you recount a student of yours who experienced a major “lightbulb” moment when you were with them?  What was it?  How did the child react?  How did the parent react?  What was your reaction?:

Middle 1 classes can be challenging when you have an older kid who is very scared of the water. I had a girl who had a very bad dream about drowning and she was terrified in her first lessons. She was determined though, and I will never forget the first time she swam to the island with her face in the entire time. I was ecstatic, she was so proud she had finally done it, and her mom started tearing up. Thai is honestly one of the most rewarding moments in this job!

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