Diving in is just what she does. Whether it’s in the water practicing and teaching strokes, or instructing students in class —Kristy Snider is an “all-in” kind of person.
A swimmer since age four, a competitive swimmer in high school and in college, she will soon graduate with a special education degree in teaching from Carson Newman.
And now, Kristy Snider is diving in and combining her love of teaching with swimming as the new Cleveland Family YMCA competitive swim instructor and home-school teacher.
“I am so glad to be teaching competitive stroke classes and home school. I have always loved swimming. I also love watching students learn,” she said.
The YMCA Competitive Stroke class is offered monthly for youth ages six to 10. Participants should be able to swim the basic strokes of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Classes are divided into Youth Competitive Stroke I and II. The classes meet at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. The next session begins the first week of October.
“The goal is to teach better technique, how to get faster and how to compete,” said Snider “Students interested in experiencing a swim meet will have the opportunity to go with the Aqua Tigers team this winter to a meet. The students will experience how meets are run and what is expected of them.”
Snider was a competitive swimmer at McMinn High School, at Baylor and in college. In addition, she has served three years as an assistant coach and one year as a head coach.
Snider is also re-developing the YMCA Home School program. Home School is offered for ages five to 14. The program is offered on Fridays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Subject matter includes nutrition, healthy lifestyles, fitness and science. Students will participate in team sports such as volleyball, swimming and cover educational material such as the food pyramid and how to create healthy meals.
Snider will hold a K-12 teaching certificate as well as a special education certificate.
“My main focus is health and fitness for these students,” said Snider. “So far, we are having a great time learning together how to have fun and be fit at the same time.”
Home School is offered at the Cleveland Family YMCA every six weeks. The next session begins October 8 and those interested can register now at the YMCA.
For more information about Competitive Stroke classes or Home School call the Cleveland Family YMCA at 423.476.5573 and ask for the aquatic director.