Catie C. | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

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Position: Zumba/Werq Intructor 

Year/Major: Graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Currently earning my masters in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency through Iowa.

Hometown: Bloomington, IL. 

How long have you worked for us?: 7 years, started the end of my freshman year. 

What have you learned from working here?: I have learned how to be a better leader and advocate for myself when I have new ideas. Starting out, I was shy and not sure how to approach certain situations. As time went on, I became more confident in the ideas that I had and voiced them to my supervisor. I have also learned how to organize events and collaborate with other instructors. 

What is something interesting about yourself?: I started college as a Vocal Performance major and trained as a classical singer before coming to college. If I try hard, I can still sing like an opera singer. I love singing and it is something I miss. I sing along with almost every song during my Werq classes. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?: Watch reality TV. Bravo! is my favorite channel and guilty pleasure. I also like to nap/sleep. I am a very busy person, so to have time to watch TV and sleep...I'll take it. 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position?: I wish people knew that instructors can be really friendly and want to find connections with their participants. I have created many new friendships within the last couple of years with women who came to my class and just stayed after to say hi. Now, they are always my front row crew and we get together outside the gym almost weekly, as well. All it took was a time or two of sticking around after class and saying hi. I love to meet new people and find similar connections with them. Do not be afraid to talk to your instructors...because you never know, maybe they studied the same thing you are studying or maybe they are a mom and can offer you some awesome advice or maybe they have noticed your commitment and want to support you any way they can. 

Do you have plans for after graduation?: I plan to stay around and continue working at an elementary school in Iowa City for some more time. Eventually, I would like to move and head either west or east coast...still undecided. 

If you could eat any food for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?: No hesitations, Pizza. Medium, pan cheese pizza, with extra cheese. From Pizza Hut. Could eat it for every meal :) 


*Catie was nominated for Faces of RecServ in Spring 2019