Q: What are your credentials?
I work with all ages, abilities and levels. I've been coaching for 20+ years and was director of the Eagan skate school from 1998-2001. My background includes ISI, USFSA, competitions, tests, freestyle, moves, figures, ice dance, synchro, power skating, off-ice pilates training, off-ice dance training, hockey power skating, and basic skills. I have a Bachelor's degree from Hamline University in Psychology and Anthropology.
Q: Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
I have been coaching for over 20 years and have coached all levels, ages, abilities and types of skaters.
Q: What do you like most about coaching skating?
Helping people reach their goals and improve their skills physically, mentally and emotionally.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Do you work with hockey players? Most definitely, I met my husband thru coaching him for hockey. I have done power skating clinics with the Adult Hockey Association and have worked with players of all skill levels.
Q: If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
The importance of off-ice strength training, pilates and conditioning makes a big difference in skills acquisition for all levels and types of skaters.
Q: What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
The huge amount of work, focus and commitment it takes to reach the USFSA Gold level in figure skating. I spent my entire life training for figure skating, this would include skating from 5-7am 3 times a week and then skating again after school another 3 times a week. Also taking group, private lessons and skating on a synchro team. As I got older I incorporated off-ice weight training and dance classes to perfect my technique. I was testing my last ice-dance tests when I was 6 months pregnant with my son. He is now an elite Mite hockey player, playing for the MN Made Choice league. I'm so proud of him, he also completed the ISI skating tests thru the Delta level by the time he was 7 years old.
Q: What advice do you have for new students?
Know what your skating goals are first and then find a coach that has the experience and flexibility to help you meet those goals. Request a resume when hiring an instructor if you want to.
Q: How did you decide to get in your line of work?
I loved skating all my life and helping others reach their goals so it was a no brainer to become a coach.