Winter 2020 Instructor Bios & Class Descriptions

Class: ABC Sports

The focus on this class is to teach physical skills and physical literacy to children so that they can learn and develop the ABCs of movement: Agility, Balance & Coordination.

We will begin each class with a short circle time, some stretching and a warm-up. After that I will plan sessions that have introductions to some indoor sports/sports skills, obstacle courses, and a variety of games all of which will help them learn skills that can transfer over into sport, and in general a healthy and active lifestyle.

This class is designed to be active, engaging, safe, and most of all FUN!

Instructor: Brandy Emmerich

My name is Brandy Emmerich and I am originally from Saskatoon but left for several years living in Georgia, North Carolina, and Alaska; returning for good in 2012. I have been the Office Administrator at St. Martin’s United Church for 2.5 years and plan to be here for quite some time. I love being part of such a vibrant & inclusive community space. Between my partner Brock and I we have 5 children that keep our home lively, and full of joy. I am also working on my bachelor’s degrees in Sociology & Psychology.

I taught ABC Sports for the Caswell Community Association as well as coaching soccer for 2 years. I received my certification in FUNdamentals, Making Ethical Decisions, and Respect In Sport certifications. I enjoy being active and helping kids learn the benefits of physical activity while having as much fun as we can. Being active doesn’t have to be boring.

Class: Beginner Ballet, Tiny Tots Ballet, Hip Hop with Emily

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.

Class: Cheer

This program is to start with basics progressing to more advanced skills.  Children will learn proper techniques for stunting such as lifting each other and gymnastics skills such as cartwheels, handstands, and back walkovers.  We will learn teamwork and new skills while having fun and making new friends!

Instructor: Sheridan Peters

Hi!  My name is Sheridan Peters, I’m 17 years old, 18 in January and I’m in my Senior year of high school.  I will be coaching the cheer program for the Winter session!  This is my 7th year being involved with Cheerleading.  Previously, I’ve cheered with two different clubs, being on numerous elite teams and learning so much more about the sport overtime..  My absolute favourite part of instructing young people is watching them grow in the sport and seeing the excitement when mastering skills.

Class: Conversational Spanish for Travellers

The basic for reading and writing. Most common verbs and vocabulary needed to participate in basic conversation while travelling and situations such as meeting people, transportation, entertainment, ordering foods, at the stores, doctor, drug store, to tell the time, months and seasons of the year, days of the week and colors.

Verbs, vocabulary and Spanish pronunciation will be learn by practicing short conversations. 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.

Class: Crafts for Kids

Using mainly everyday items and some recyclable materials, participants will complete a variety of crafty creations in this fun-filled class.  Girls and boys, bring your creative side and be ready to cut, colour, and glue. Each student should bring an apron (things can get messy), a pencil and eraser, a ruler, good cutting scissors, a glue stick, and a shoebox (for carrying supplies and projects in).

Parents, you are welcome to stay and observe, and any willing “extra hands” are greatly appreciated. (Parents of students 6 and under are encouraged to stay.)

Instructor: TBA

Class: Fitness Foundations, Boot Camp

Fitness Foundations: Beginner, intermediate and Advanced Movers.

Whether you are entering the fitness world for the first time or you are experienced in many types of movement this class is for you. We will explore various forms of movement to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and raise your heart rate. Using smaller weights, steps, mats, resistance bands, gliders and more to work on basic movements, concentrating on form, alignment and how your body is feeling. You will leave this class feeling empowered and confident in a fitness environment. 

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.

Class: Home Alone

A 2.5-hour class designed to provide children aged 9+ years with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time.

**Please note that although this class is for children aged 9 and over, the Government of Saskatchewan recommends that children are not left home unsupervised until they are 10 years of age. The Avalon Community Association is offering this program to prepare children for when they reach the age of 10. We stress that although this class will prepare children for staying home alone, it is up to the parent/guardian to make the ultimate decision for children readiness to stay in the home without adult supervision.

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.

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.

Instructor: Megan Iula

I’ve been playing soccer since I was 7. I’ve played with SUSC, Aurora, and trained in High Performance for 4 ish years. I was coached by coaches like Huw Morris, Adele Morris, Terrol Russell, and more. I also played high school soccer for Bethlehem last year and were city final champions. I was given a hustler award plaque at the end of the high school season.

Class: Masterchef

Participants will be taught the basics of cooking, how to properly measure ingredients, safely use the stove/oven/knives etc. and have fun while making tasty food. Participants should bring an apron and a water bottle to class. Cell phones are not permitted to be on during class. Recipes for each item made will be provided at the conclusion of the program.

Instructor: Carol Everett (Assistant Jennifer)

Hi, our names are Jennifer and carol.  Jenn ran a home daycare for 7 years. Her daughter signed up for this class a few years ago and loved it.  Carol has been running a daycare for over 10 years and her son took the class as well. We both love working with children and when we heard the community association needed a new teacher, we thought it would be exciting to help other kids learn new things in the kitchen.  We have loved teaching this class and have taught it for a couple of years now.

Class:  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.

Class: Tot’s Gym, Kindergym

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.

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.

Instructor: Ashley Ball

My name is Ashley Ball, and I am a full time working mom with two little girls to keep me on my toes!  I grew up in South Nutana Park, and have been happy to call Avalon home for the last 6 years!  I live in the community, work in the community, and feel so privileged to raise my family here.  I believe in empowering children to be the best they can be through a healthy body & healthy mind.  At such a young age, teaching kindness, the importance of play, and the benefit of movement, are pillars that I follow in my life and I hope to bring to this class. I have previous experience in teaching classes for little ones and have a strong background in event planning and leadership positions.  Since a young age, I have been involved in softball, competitive rugby, long distance cycling, yoga, and kayaking.  In my spare time, I enjoy camping, gardening, fitness, travelling, spending time with friends & family,  and enjoying our beautiful city

Class: 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.