Amanda started her career in aquatics at the young age of 16, lifeguarding at a water park near her home during the summer. This quickly grew into a passion, and she continued to work at various aquatic facilities lifeguarding, supervising, and instructing over the next eight years.
What do you most look forward to about coming to work every day?
My favorite part about coming into work every day is getting the chance to hold babies, see the staff members that I love, and being able to make a difference in so many ways. I’ve always said that this is the only job I have ever had where I have always been excited to come into work!
You’re modest, but honestly, tell us what is it about you that makes you a great site director?
The love for my staff and genuine empathy I have for everyone in the facility is what makes me a great Site Director. To me, emotional intelligence is incredibly important to be successful in an upper management role.
Share with us a memory from your childhood about your experience with swim lessons.
Believe it or not, I was the screaming-bloody-murder-please-don’t-put-me-in-the-water child when I was in swim lessons. Over time and lots of swim lessons, I finally fell in love with the water. My favorite memory from swim lessons was when I finally gained my confidence and got the chance to show off to my mom everything that I learned. I felt so accomplished! Now my mother continually reminds me of how ironic it is that I run a swim school, but for me it helps me empathize with nervous students and their parents to help overcome their fear of water.
What is a favorite memory you have about working with us at Emler?
I had my son within my first year with Emler, and I had so much support from my entire team (including the corporate office). I had emails saying congratulations, hand me downs from upper level managers, and even a sweet baby shower gift! It meant so much to me to have a team that was so supportive during a huge change in my life. Now, I feel like my son Cameron is a part of the Emler family too!!
Share a memory from your childhood when you were brave and overcame a fear.
I used to be very introverted and shy when I was younger, so it was a challenge to build relationships and make friends. Once I hit my Junior year in high school, I had to perform an opening and closing ceremony for an organization that I was a part of which consisted of thousands of members state wide. To say the least, I definitely overcame my stage fright and became a confident public speaker. It actually became one of my favorite parts of any job! Emler has given me so many opportunities to do what I love and enhance my skills to become a better Site Director, team player, and person.