MEET OUR STAFF
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Kristin has been teaching Zumba and Zumba Gold classes here at UD for the past 3 years. She also teaches Zumba at the Bear-Glasgow YMCA. Kristin is the Senior Associate Director of the UD Honors Program and proud Blue Hen alum!
Vinyasa Flow Instructor
Vinyasa flow is designed to build strength and flexibility. On my mat I felt challenged and often humbled; off my mat I began to feel stronger and more confident – a lovely balance of strength and ease. In an effort to deepen my practice and understanding of yoga, I completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program guided by Yogi Susan Smith, founder of One-Yoga. Through the YTT program I gained so much more than teaching skills- I learned how to live consciously in the present moment- which I strive to do daily, through asana practice, meditation and breath awareness. In my classes, I encourage my students to greet their mat each day with an attitude of self-acceptance and gratitude. For it is in honoring our bodies that we can begin to see and embrace the unique gifts that this life has given us.
Martha has been at the University for 20 years and is a Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, and the Director of the Delaware Institute of Excellence in Early Childhood. Martha teaches Zumba and Aqua Zumba.
Jacqueline’s intention/aspiration for her classes is simply to do her personal best as a yoga teacher—recognizing that some days are good and others are better. She believes that in spite of our deepest struggles, things will get better after an opportunity on the mat. Jacqueline further believes that a lot of internal and external healing occurs in the yoga room.
Jacqueline has a passion for yoga and a strong desire to teach. She completed the Empowered Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2011. She also has additional training in yoga therapy, trauma sensitive yoga, yoga for children, yoga for seniors and chair yoga.
Kelsey is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She completed a 200 hour training in 2013 and has been teaching yoga ever since. She started her journey with yoga as she was completing her Master’s Degree in Sociology at UD. Kelsey was a UD undergrad and graduate student, and now works in the UD Honors Program as an advisor and program coordinator. She loves UD!
Kelsey’s background in yoga in rooted in exercise science and safe movement principles. She wants her students to learn how to move safely and take the skills they learn with her into any movement or fitness classes in which they participate. Her classes focus on improving kinesthetic body awareness, deepening into more purposeful breath, and increasing one’s mindfulness in not only their movement but also their thought. Kelsey wants to dispel the myth that yoga is about stretching – it is about strengthening the body and the mind!
I work at UD as a geologist with the Delaware Geological Survey. I have been teaching for Employee Wellness in my spare time since 2013. In addition to the mixed format cardio/strength classes that I lead for Wellness, I’m also an advanced instructor in Les Mills BodyPump. My favorite teaching moments are when participants surprise themselves and do things they didn’t think they were capable of when they first started coming to class. I like taking fitness classes almost as much as I enjoy teaching them, and am around the Lil Bob in some capacity most days of the week. I’m also an avid road and trail runner and I am a setter for my two co-ed volleyball leagues. When I’m not finding a way to break a sweat, I’m either working in my veggie garden and cooking/canning summer’s bounty, or I’m buried in a novel.
Polly Weir, who is also the director of conference and event services at UD, has been a fitness instructor for several decades. She and her husband, Bob, owned Body Tech Fitness Center for over 10 years. Polly currently teaches a variety of classes at the Paladin Club in Wilmington, including high intensity interval training, Tabata, circuit training and kick boxing. Polly teaches Cardio Strength at UD. This class combines the principles behind all of her other classes and it is tailored to accommodate all fitness levels. When not working or teaching fitness classes, Polly enjoys yoga, hiking, running and volunteering for various causes.
Jennifer has been teaching Zumba fitness classes for eight years. She is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids, Zumba Step, Aqua Zumba and Strong by Zumba. She is also certified to teach Cardio Sport. In addition to the University of Delaware, she is currently teaching at the Hockessin Athletic Club and the George Wilson Community Center. Her main focus in life is her family, health, fitness and inspiring others to live a healthier lifestyle. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys organizing and hosting Zumbathons and fundraising events in her community along with donating her time to such causes as the American Cancer Society, the Special Olympics, Best Buddies of Delaware, MS Society and other charitable organizations.
She also has a passion for running 5ks 10ks and half marathons and supports local racing events on the weekends. Teaching fitness classes is now a full time job and a lifestyle and she encourages her students every day to know that, “it’s never too late to help others build a better, stronger, healthier version of YOU!”
Stephanie has been a fitness instructor at UD for the past two years, and enjoys teaching Pilates and Barre classes for the Behavioral Health and Nutrition department, Recreation, and Employee Fitness. Having developed a love for these particular class formats while in graduate school at UC Davis, she was attracted back to the open-mindedness and high energy of a university setting to teach, and strives to foster a mindfulness of breath, posture and core stability through her classes.
Natalie has been working in the health and wellness industry for the past 18 years in many different facets including the local YMCA, personal training studios, and corporate health and fitness programs. Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition from West Chester University in 2003. Natalie is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA as well as a Mad Dogg Spinning Instructor. She takes pride motivating members in her classes and helping each and every one to love fitness and reach their personal health goals.
In her time away from teaching classes, Natalie enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three boys. She also enjoys running especially in half marathon races!
MEET OUR TRAINERS
Tyler is a Certified Athletic Trainer and currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program here at the University of Delaware. He has worked with a variety of people, with most of his experience around athletes at the high school, college, and professional level. Exercise is an essential component to physical and mental health; and he hopes he can inspire all to meet their goals and live a healthy lifestyle.