My experience working with individuals and the “Why” that surrounds their environments paved a clear path for me. I enrolled in a 6-month Certified Professional Coach Training Program through Sacacy Coaching. Through the program, I participated in different forms of coaching, including group, peer, and mentor. I completed countless hours of reflective and observation exercises, embraced various personality tests, and studied text about the different modalities that coaches can offer. Shortly after my program was complete, I successfully tested through the International Coach Federation (ICF), where I hold my ACC level coaching certification.
I have been a coach, in other aspects of life, since my teens. My first paying job was as a goalkeeper and skills coach for a youth soccer team – I was a youth myself! Soccer remained a large part of my life as I was recruited for and played at a DI university. After I retired from playing, I devoted my evenings to personal training goalkeepers who were college bound.
I love working with children and youth, and their parents. I have found a lot of value in listening to developing hearts and minds. It’s in listening that a person can gain deeper knowledge and understanding, and it’s a skill that can be learned by all! I believe that adults can have stronger connections with their children and students by letting them fully speak, and refrain from jumping in. Raising emotionally aware and intelligent humans is a goal that society can adopt more openly. I proudly taught YMCA Project Cornerstone lessons in California, and the tradition has continued in Colorado. These lessons promote SEL, acceptance, tolerance, and anti-bullying.
The grit, determination, and teamwork that I learned during my years of athletics and event management sets me apart from others in my industry. Working with others to reach a common goal is a valuable skill, working with varying personalities is inevitable, and communicating efficiently and effectively is necessary.