Hi, I'm Stephanie West, mom to William Marlowe (almost 5) and Audrey JoAnna (3). I've been married to my husband Jimmy for eight years now.
We recently moved to WA in September after having lived in CT for eight years. My husband is active duty Navy and we decided to take this opportunity to live in a different part of the country, hence moving to WA!
I grew up in upstate NY and hope to make a permanent home somewhere in the northeast! I received my B.A. in French from SUNY Albany and got my M.S. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Central CT State University. I was an ESL teacher in CT for three years and truly enjoy teaching. When I'm not busy chasing after my two kids, I enjoy gardening, music, hiking, traveling, raising my chickens, and trying new things!
I went to my first Stroller Strides class in CT when William was 4 months old (all the way back in 2012!). My husband had just left for a seven month deployment, I was suffering from Post Partum Depression, and I desperately needed to get out of the house. I went to my first class and couldn't believe how sore I was the next day! I kept with it and loved how strong I became, the social interaction for my kids, and the lifelong friends that I made. When I went to work full-time I continued with FIT4MOM by doing the Body Back program during the school year and Stroller Strides in the summer. As soon as we moved out here I knew I had to find a FIT4MOM franchise. We rolled into town on a Tuesday and I was at class on Thursday.
I'm so incredibly excited to become an instructor! I never liked exercising until I joined FIT4MOM and I plan to create fun and engaging workouts that everyone will enjoy! Our sense of community is unlike any I've ever experienced and I truly believe that every mom can benefit from our village. I hope to create the same sense of encouragement and support that I received when I first joined FIT4MOM!