I celebrated 37 years of teaching swimming this January. Yes, that black and white photo above is me with my daughter Caroline at the YWCA pool of White Plains 24 years ago. It's the same pool where my passion for teaching swimming was ignited. I believe everyone should be safe and confident in and around water, whether in a pool, lake, or ocean. Teaching people of all ages and abilities to swim started as a way to put myself through college and became a lifelong career that continues today.
Over the course of 15 years teaching at the White Plains YWCA, I undertook a variety of responsibilities and challenges that shaped me as a teacher and as a person, including coaching a Special Olympics team at the NY State Games held in Ithaca in the 1980s. I also worked at a day camp in Westchester for 16 years.
For many years now, I have worked during the summer at people's homes to supplement their youngsters' day camp experience with individualized one-on-one instruction to help them move more confidently and to improve their skill levels at camp. I have had students whom I taught as children working with me as well.
My particular skills and persuasiveness honed over many years of teaching have helped people overcome their fears and have fun while learning to swim. Today, I continue to find joy in teaching babies as young as 6 months, to adults 80 years and older. I teach swimmers of all levels; from phobic children and adults to proficient swimmers looking to improve style, stroke, speed, and overall health.
I have helped facilitate transformative moments for people who were once afraid to put their faces in the water, and are now confident swimmers. I look forward to empowering you and your loved ones so that you too can enjoy all of the joys and wonders that swimming has to offer and overcome your lifelong fear of water in one summer.
I currently teach private and group lessons and water fitness classes at a Premier Athletic Health Club in Montrose, NY.