My happy place is in the water. Born and raised on the east end of Long Island with summers in the Florida Keys, I was swimming by the time I was 2, snorkeling and knee boarding at 5, SCUBA certified by 12, competing in state level swimming competitions at 13, and competing in national level synchronized swim meets by 14. This passion continued throughout college as well, where I was a member of the women's water polo team. I now compete as a master synchronized swimmer, where my team and I won the gold medal at the 2016 National competition! You could not, and still cannot, drag me out of the water!
I have a true calling for teaching, which began when I was in 1st grade, teaching to an empty row of chairs in my grandparent's garage, also known as "Miss Jenna's Class". In 2004, I took my love for teaching and combined it with my love for the water and received my American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification. Since then, I have helped thousands of students of all ages and abilities from the east, west, north, and south learn to swim. My students are not only water safe, but they improve their stroke technique, and now share my love for the water.
I attended James Madison University, where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. I then moved out to San Diego and received my Master of Arts degree in Special Education with a specialization in Autism and Behavior. I have been a classroom teacher for 10 years, working with preschool through high school age students. My passion for educating others does not stop at the classroom. In 2015, I became a Live! Fitness instructor, allowing me to offer fun, new Water Aerobics & Fitness classes for adults.
The real question is...when am I NOT in the water? When I'm not in the pool, you might see me enjoying time with my furry kiddos (2 cats), painting, traveling the world, helping others achieve their health and fitness goals, or even auditioning to be on the next Survivor! My love for the water, extensive experience, and passion for creating a positive, nurturing, and most importantly- FUN environment for all of my students' unique needs lead me to helping countless successes in and out of the water!