American Red Cross WSI
American Red Cross Lifeguard
13+ years as learn-to-swim instructor with 8 years as an Aquatic Supervisor
14+ years Lifeguard
Elementary School Counselor (K-8)
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GET TO KNOW COACH MONICA
ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES ME
5 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME
I’ve been skydiving in San Diego, California.
I lived in Houston, Texas for a year and a half.
I attended a volunteer/mission trip in Guatemala while serving the children at Casa Bernabe Orphanage. (I cannot wait to go back someday!)
I have 3 cats (Princess Mea, Riley Jane & Mango) and one dog (Aubree Sadie)
I trained as a figure skater for 7 years and have been practicing yoga for about 2 years.
“I treated it like everyday was my last day with a basketball”
- Lebron James
I began my swimming journey in the early 90’s. My mom told me that as a baby, I could not wait to take swimming lessons at the West park YMCA. She has always described me as a fish and a water baby. I absolutely loved spending my Friday nights at family swim and summers at the beach and in the pool.
When I was 16 years-old, I decided to become a certified lifeguard and water safety instructor. I have worked and supervised at several local pools for the past 14 years. In 2012, I graduated from Notre Dame College with my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
About four years ago, I met Coach Leah Nyikes at one of the pools I used to lifeguard and supervise at. I was so very blessed and excited to join the team and started teaching Liquid Bubbles classes. I took a break from coaching while pursuing my Masters degree. I graduated from the University of Akron with a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling in 2016.
I enjoy working with all swimmers especially beginners and young swimmers while encouraging them through challenges and conquering their fears. It is my passion to help individuals develop their swimming skills while gaining self-confidence.
My favorite part about school counseling (and coaching) is helping children achieve personal success, while increasing self-esteem and developing their talents. My passion is helping learn children relaxation skills, deep breathing, mindfulness and meditation while reducing anxiety and fears.