Fall 2019 Instructor Bios & Class Descriptions

Babysitting Course:

In this course participants will have fun learning about being a babysitter, including how to care for, feed, and play with children of all ages. They will also be taught basic First Aid & CPR, and what to do in an emergency situation. 

Participants will need to bring an infant sized stuffed animal/doll, water bottle, notebook, and pen, as well as a snack. No peanuts/nuts please.  They will receive an instruction booklet and a certificate upon completion of the class

Instructor: Amber Blum

I am currently a stay-at-home mom with two wonderful daughters, both who go to John Lake School.  We have lived in Avalon for 4 years and have enjoyed numerous programs through the Avalon Community Association. My husband, Derek, has lived in the Avalon area off and on for close to 20 years, and is currently the Treasurer for Avalon Community Association.

I babysit part-time during the week, and have my First Aid & CPR certificates. 

I have been teaching Babysitting classes for 5 years, as well as Home Alone classes for 3 years, through St. John Ambulance, and have previously worked at a daycare for a number of years with children of various ages.  I absolutely love teaching these classes and watching the participants learn skills to care for children, and grow to be confident in themselves as a babysitter.

Ballet:

Instructor: Jordyn Ducharme

My name is Jordyn Ducharme. I am 16 years old, and I attend Bethlehem Catholic High School! Before teaching, I danced for 11 years at Kristys Dance Fusion and Brenda’s School of Baton and Dance, dancing competitively for both studios. While dancing at Brenda’s, I was a part of their elite hip hop and enjoyed dancing at a high level. My favourite thing about teaching young people is watching them come in on the first day of class and the kids not being familiar with each other or what they are learning, but by the end they have made many friendships and learned so much! When a child is participating in one of my class they will learn the basics of that genre of dance (basics depend on age;) also I like to teach them skills that they will use if they attend a dance school one day. I love kids and I love spending time with my students during class, getting to know them and helping them succeed. In my spare time I like to play high level ringette and I enjoy doing well at school.

Biggest Loser Boot Camp/BLBC:

There are 2 components to the  Biggest Loser Bootcamp (BLBC) to aid in a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Participants will be given a nutrition binder that provides information and recipes for healthy eating. This binder will provide guidance at home.
  2. There will also be 2 exercise sessions per week for the beginner and the more advanced participant. The workouts will be a little less then an hour as to give time for an optional private weigh in. The workouts will show participants various ways to challenge their bodies. Bring workout clothes, gym runners, towel, mat and water bottle.

Instructor: Melanie Buchko

I was introduced to the fitness industry at a very early age, watching my mom choreograph her fitness classes and tediously create playlists on her tape deck. I remember finally being old enough to participate in classes and thinking that I wanted to provide movement to others.  Now, I instruct my own fitness classes and I am very thankful I do not have to use a tape deck for my playlists. I have been SPRA certified in Group and Aquatic Exercise since 2012 and I have completed a current Standard First Aid and CPR course. I currently teach with Lead Pilates where I utilize my Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor certification and I also hold a certification in Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System.  I have enjoyed teaching various classes throughout my 6 years of instruction and look forward to many more years. I believe in the importance of movement for a healthy mind and body.

Boot Camp

Learn to respectfully challenge your body with various workout styles and intensity options in this progressive fitness class.  Designed for all skill levels, you will experience a combination of heart pumping cardio, strength training, calisthenics, dynamic stretch, and eccentric movements to give a full body workout.  You will notice a difference in your endurance, strength, balance, agility and flexibility. You will need workout wear, indoor runners, a mat, water bottle and a small hand towel (optional).

Instructor: Melanie Buchko 

I was introduced to the fitness industry at a very early age, watching my mom choreograph her fitness classes and tediously create playlists on her tape deck. I remember finally being old enough to participate in classes and thinking that I wanted to provide movement to others.  Now, I instruct my own fitness classes and I am very thankful I do not have to use a tape deck for my playlists. I have been SPRA certified in Group and Aquatic Exercise since 2012 and I have completed a current Standard First Aid and CPR course. I currently teach with Lead Pilates where I utilize my Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor certification and I also hold a certification in Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System.  I have enjoyed teaching various classes throughout my 6 years of instruction and look forward to many more years. I believe in the importance of movement for a healthy mind and body.

KinderGym, Kindersoccer, Tot’s Gym

KinderGym:

In this class, preschoolers will play various games and sports while having fun building friendships, using their imaginations and working on important social skills such as group involvement, listening and cooperation! Parents may attend the first and last class, however, during the other classes, the instructor asks that they wait in the hallway while their child(ren) are participating in the class. During the last few minutes of class, parent involvement in “parachute & goodbye time” is always welcome and encouraged! Children must wear indoor footwear and comfortable clothing to this class.

Kindersoccer:

Having fun learning soccer skills and getting into the game is the goal for this class. Children should wear indoor running shoes, comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Parents are encouraged to wait in the hallway during the class, however, they may attend the first and last class to observe the development of their children(s) skill level.

Tot’s Gym:

In this class, toddlers will enjoy moving and shaking, singing and playing and having fun with parachute, bubbles and all other kinds of things that promote activity and social fun! Parents must be in attendance in the gymnasium for this class, participation is encouraged, but not mandatory. Children must wear indoor footwear.

Instructor: Angela Goldsmith

Angela Goldsmith has been teaching classes for over 20 years. She started out as a Gymboree Play and Music teacher in Calgary back in 1998 and has been teaching and coaching children in a fun, relaxed and loving way ever since. She comes from a philosophy of “everything begins with love and ends with learning”… and it all falls into place.

Besides being a Mom of 5 she also runs a petting farm as a professional clown, LaLa the Cutest Little Clown and LaLa’s Little farm.. and works hard all year round to bring smiles to families and entertain those around her.

Spanish for Travellers

The basics for reading and writing, and the most common verbs and vocabulary needed to participate in basic conversation while travelling and in situations such as meeting people, transportation, entertainment, ordering food, at the stores, doctor, drug store, to tell the time, months and seasons of the year, days of the week and colours. Verbs, vocabulary and Spanish pronunciation will be learned by practicing short conversations.

Participants are required to purchase the textbook entitled (can be purchased through the ACA, cost not included in program fee): Learn Spanish. the Fast and Fun Way. Fourth Edition by Gene Hammitt. Students also need bring to class a notebook, a pen, and a pencil.

Instructor: Alex Matus

I have been teaching Spanish as a second language for the last ten years. I have a Teaching Second Language Certificates – Levels 1 and 2. University of Calgary Continuing Education. I have been teaching beginners and intermediate Spanish with the ACA for the three years. I have been Spanish instructor at the Spanish School of Saskatoon for the last ten years. In my spare time I like to read, play guitar, and exercise.

Tae Kwon Do

My goal is to teach my students to focus and concentrate on the task at hand and Tae Kwon Do is the vehicle that I use. Parents are welcome, and encouraged, to observe the classes to see their child(ren)’s involvement. Participants should wear loose fitting clothing to class that allows ease of movement.

Instructor: Jim Daley

I am a W.T.F.  (World Tae Kwon Do Federation) certified Black Belt. I trained under Grand Master Kee S. Ha of Kee’s Tae Kwon Do for app. 9 years.

I have app. 30 years of teaching experience specializing in children and young adults. I also teach parent /child group classes. I have developed a style of teaching called L.T.L. (listen, think, learn)

I have taught continually since 1992 in community associations throughout Saskatoon and in the Avalon Community Association for the last 5 years.  I can honestly say that I have learned and enjoyed my students more than anything else that I have done in life.

Tiny Tots Ballet

In each of my classes students will have fun while learning various movements specific to the style of dance. Throughout the session we will put together a short performance which will be shown to parents on the last day of class.

Parents are required to stay outside of the room for the duration of the class. There will be two viewing days where parents are able to come in and watch/video. Students should wear movable clothing, whether that be leggings and a shirt or a bodysuit and a skirt. For footwear they should either wear ballet shoes which can be purchased at for a reasonable price at Once Upon A Child or second hand at Dance Street, or they may have bare feet.

Instructor: Emily Leonard

I am entering my second year of university with the hopes of being accepted into social work. I have danced for 9 years at Studio One and have been teaching for two. I am trained in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acro, contemporary, and pointe. My years dancing has given me many opportunities such as performing on telemiracle, competing in Hollywood, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. As well, it has provided me with many lifelong skills and friendships.

Yoga

These classes are all about exploring, appreciating and honouring your body for what it can (and can’t!) do.  The emphasis is on feeling great and having fun – all the while being gentle with yourself. A regular yoga practice will help you feel better both physically and mentally.  You’ll feel stronger, healthier, more vibrant, with increased agility, balance and grace. And you’ll be calmer, more confident and centered, no matter what your day may bring.  This practice brings restoration and healing; it’s ideal for beginners and those with limited mobility as well as for the more experienced practitioner. You’ll leave feeling wonderful inside and out!

Simply listen to what your body is telling you in every moment and follow its promptings.  The focus is on gentle movement and stretching that just feels good. Over time, your body begins to open up slowly and naturally on its own, without you having to force anything.  Thoughts become less rigid and there’s more freedom, relaxation, fluidity and joy in all aspects of your life.

Instructor: Dana Harvie

Dana started practicing yoga in 2009 after a particularly difficult period in her life. Yoga was the lifeline she needed to realize that her health and happiness were paramount. After practicing for a few years and seeing tremendous healing in her body, mind and (especially) spirit, she knew that this practice needed to be shared with others! In 2012, she traveled to Santa Barbara, California to study with world-renowned teachers Ganga White and Tracey Rich of the White Lotus Foundation, where she earned her 200-hour teacher training certification. She has since volunteered her services throughout the city, and now facilitates her own classes as well as teaching with ACA.

In addition to sharing the gifts of yoga, she and her wonderful partner, Ron Clemens, also enjoy extending love to the community through their music.