Education: Bachelors Degree in Dance Performance/Education – College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN
Certification: Group Fitness Instructor, Healthy Lifestyle Principals – YMCA USA BLS, AED, O2, First Aid – American Safety & Health Institute
Personal Bio: I began my fitness experience early on with involvement in various sports in include gymnastics, swimming and flag football, all of which I participated right here at the YMCA of Austin. As I got older my interest turned to track & field, basketball and cross country.
The social interaction experienced while participating in sports also improves mood and mental health; reinforces ideals of teamwork, self discipline, social and listening skills. I was fortunate and blessed to have a family and many coaches that served as role models, providing the best example as possible; who challenged me and other to raise the bar and achieve higher.
These are gifts that motivate me to keep moving and share my love of moving with others. I have taught dance classes in a private studio setting and have choreographed for both community and high school performance groups. I have the privilege of working in the exercise programs for Cardiac Rehabilitation patients, chemically dependent patients and the elderly.
I currently teach K-6 Physical Education at Pacelli Catholic Schools as well as Aerobic Fusion and Awesome Abs classes here at the Y. I have participated in various workshops for spinning, kickboxing, step, circuit step, hi-lo impact aerobics and look forward to exposure to new and different classes as they emerge.
I have seen many changes with the Y since I started teaching here in 1987. The one thing that remains constant is the desire & commitment of our fitness Staff to provide members with the best workout experience possible. There is nothing more gratifying than to see a participant improve and achieve a goal. The key is to continue to challenge them to desire and achieve new and higher goals.