My teaching philosophy puts the student first, and emphasizes fun and improvement.
I am PTR certified, and have been teaching for 11 years. I coach the Girls' Tennis Team at Suncoast HS, and was named "Coach of the Year" each of the past two years by the Palm Beach County Athletic Conference. I am also the asst. pro at John Prince Park, and have many private students.
I play competitively several times a week, and live the tennis life, complete with nutrician and personal training at the gym.
I coach all ages and levels. My specialty is children ages 6 to 12, using the Fast Start approach.
I enjoy helping students improve and watching them achieve. I relish my role as a positive influence on the lives of people, especially youngsters.
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I start by asking the student what their goals are. I then assess their skill level, and develop in my own mind a lesson plan. The emphasis is to create a good foundation. Once that is solid, it will stay with the student, even if they play only infrequently. More importantly, skills can be built on top off that good foundation. The student can enjoy a lifetime of fun, exercise and tennis competency.
PTR Certified (Professional Tennis Registry, the largest international tennis teaching organization in the world).
Head Girls' Tennis Coach, Suncoast HS.
Ongoing education in stroke production, teaching techniques, and tactical tennis.
$50/hr. for privates, semi-private lessons are $35/person, and groups are $15/person.
PTR certification, then worked under pros in the Philadelphia area before I retired to FL.
All types, ages, skill levels, both individually and in groups. Also worked with autistic children and young adults in recovery.
I like to change things up during lessons, and have fun. In the hot weather, with young players, we get very thirsty. When we take a break, we have "water appreciation" contests. It's fun, and the kids get to express their appreciation in very creative ways.
Make sure the instructor takes time to build a good base, starting with footwork. You can never become a good player unless you develop a good foundation.
What do I want to get out of these lessons? It might be exercise, learn something new, develop a skill that will enhance self-esteem, etc.