CERTIFIED ISR INSTRUCTOR
I have lived in the Forney community since 2006. My husband and I have 4 beautiful children and 2 Great Danes. I was in accounting for 25 years before becoming an ISR Instructor. My family was first introduced to Infant Swimming Resource by a friend when my youngest was not even a year old. We immediately decided to sign him up because we have a pool in the backyard and he had 3 much older siblings. I knew it wasn't a matter of what if the pool gate is accidentally left open, it was a matter of when.
I knew it would only take a second for him to find his way to the pool. I wanted him to have the skills to survive. Our first lesson was Spring of 2008 and I was in awe at what he was accomplishing. He became skilled at the rollback to float that Summer. The following Summer I enrolled him again so he could learn the Swim-Float-Swim sequence. It was this I had mentioned to my husband many times during this 2nd season how I would love to teach these skills to children in our own community. It wasn't until I was working as a consultant in Tyler for a fence company and one of our sales reps came in from measuring to install a pool fence visibly shaken. He told us how the homeowner had just days before lost their precious baby in their own pool. I told my husband that evening that I just had to do this. If I could make a difference for even one child, then there was no question, I was going to bring this to our community. I trained in early 2010 and began teaching that same summer.
ISR instructors are the most highly trained and qualified of any swimming program in the country. The certification process involves 6 weeks of intensive training, which included a minimum of 60 hours of supervised in-water training. The training also includes education and testing in subjects such as child psychology, physiology and behavioral science. As a certified instructor, I must undergo annual reviews and re-certification to ensure skills and techniques continue to meet the highest ISR standards. I am also certified in Adult/Pediatric CPR and First Aid.
With the skills received from ISR, I can make a difference in the lives and survival of our most important assets, our children. I hope to spread the word of ISR to make a difference in the families of our local community. I am completely committed to do all I can to keep children safe in and around the water. I look forward to working with you and your child as they become aquatic problem solvers.