“I started part-time 10 years ago as an instructor teaching cycle. I was a member and had been taking another instructor’s class and she asked if I’d be interested in becoming an instructor myself. She introduced me to Sheri (Senior Director at FSPY) and I became certified to teach cycle through the Y. There was an instructor going out on maternity leave, and I took her class. She didn’t return and this is the same cycle class I still teach on Friday mornings. Through the years, I took on more classes. I’ve taught Drums Alive, Piloxing, Bosu, HIIT and others. It came to a point where my kids were getting older and I was looking for more part-time or full-time work. Then, the Wellness Director at the time left, I applied for the position and I got it. That was four years ago. When I was part-time, I also taught classes at other places. But there was always something about this Y – I just can’t put my finger on it – that I could never let it go. I had been trying to find myself as an instructor, where I belonged, and this was it. It’s the members, the support and camaraderie, the sense of community. You can’t find it anywhere else. I miss physically being in front of members in a group exercise class. I feel like I give what I get, and it’s easier to do when you are live in front of people. The members make me a better instructor and I miss them. Our Healthy at Home Facebook group is filling a void for me. I am thrilled to be able to serve members in some way, even if it’s not exactly in the way we’d all prefer. At this time, under these circumstance, you realize health is so important. So stay active, stay healthy and stay with us.”