Meet the V-Fitt Instructors
Name: Amelia "Bedelia" McConnell
Where you work or what you do: School secretary for both VASD Pre-K and Country View
Where else you might teach: Privately in Platteville, Wisconsin, Middleton-Cross Plains, Princeton Club - Fitchburg, and Athleta in West Towne Mall
How long you have been an instructor: 9 years this September
Any certifications: AFAA group fitness
NAME: Angie Rahn
Profession: TWI Kindergarten Teacher. I am a volunteer teacher with VFITT. I teach a Bootcamp Class at Glacier Edge Elementary in Verona. I like getting my workout done early in the morning with our busy schedules of LIFE!
Classes Taught: Bootcamp on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:10-5:50am at the GE gym during the school year, 5:30-6:15am on the GE tennis courts/Gym during the summer.
Certifications: I have been teaching Bootcamp for 4 years.
anything else you want to add: I enjoy being active with my family and going on vacation.
Name: Jo Anne Lindberg MEd ABT
Jo Anne Lindberg brings with her twenty plus years as an Asian medicine practitioner in private practice. She taught in public schools, in New Mexico and Illinois, for many years. As owner of several small businesses, her favorite is BirthLink. She created, and still runs, the natural childbirth network for Chicago and beyond. Born and raised on a mint farm, between Stoughton and Edgerton, she is happy to be back home after many years and many adventures! She is looks forward to sharing simple but effective stress reduction techniques for happier, healthier lives. They can also work in the classroom or at home.
Name: Jenifer Scharkey
Group fitness instructor and Operations Analyst for BMO Harris Bank
Classes: Turbo Kick for V-Fitt, I also teach INSANITY, PiYo, and Les Mills Body Pump, Grit and CXWorks
Certifications: ACE, AAFA Group Exercise
Name: Krista Kasten
I am a Special Education teacher with Verona Area High School working with students ages 18-21 in our transition program.
For VFitt I teach strength and sculpt which is a low impact weights class using smaller weights with higher repetitions. This class is great for anyone who either has an established workout routine or is looking to get started!
I have been certified to teach group fitness classes for over 5 years. I have been certified in PiYo, Zumba, Zumba Step as well as being AFAA Group Fitness Certified.
A little about me:
I am the proud mom to 4 kids (ages 13-2). We enjoy spending time outside, traveling and just being together!
I took up running 4 years ago and have run 2 marathons and 4 half marathons.
Name: Stephanie Symes
Where you work: Savanna Oaks Middle School
What you do: Curriculum & Learning Specialist, Educational Technology Coach, and Personalized Learning Coach
Where else might you teach: Supreme Health and Fitness
How long you have been an instructor: Body Pump 9 years, Yoga 1.5 years
Name - Jodie Froehlich
Where you work or what you do - I'm a Senior Marketing Consultant at Midwest Family Marketing Group
Where else you might teach - I teach Cycle at Princeton Club as well as do one-on-on Personal training for new runners wanting to do their first 10K, 1/2 marathon, or marathon.
How long you have been an instructor - I've been an instructor for 8+ years
Any certifications - I have an AFFA group fitness certifications as well as a TRX and Piyo certification.
NAME: Laurie Tackett
POSITION: Wellness Coordinator, VASD
EA - Sugar Creek Elementary
TEACH: Circuit Training and Walk/Runs
EXPERIENCE: I have been teaching fitness classes for over 40 years. Currently, I enjoy teaching "Interval Style" classes which perform a movement for a set period of time. These classes are referred to as "Tabatta" or "Circuit Training".
Name: Kay Lera
Position: Kindergarten teacher - VAIS/Stoner Prairie & Yoga Instructor at Bliss Flow Yoga and VFitt
Certified - Dragon Hotfly Yoga 2017 (has been practicing since 1998)
For Kay yoga is spiritual, creative, reflective, fun, challenging and just plain magical!
After yoga, Kay’s other passions are gardening, watching UW women’s volleyball, building things, singing/theater, biking and simply being home with her husband.
Name: Katie Pingle
Position: Teacher (8th grade LA at SOMS) and Yoga Instructor
200 hour yoga certification through Breathe for Change
I am passionate about my job teaching kids, I love teaching yoga, and feel best when I'm able to be outside - in any season! I enjoy being active, whether it be walking or running, swimming, biking, or hiking. I have 2 active dogs and live with my fiancé.
Name: Amy Reimer
Profession: I teach 7th grade math and science at CKCS, and have been teaching Insanity and Body Pump for Vfitt for 3 years.
Classes Taught: I teach Insanity and Power Pump (a weights class similar in format to Body Pump)
I have been a certified Insanity Trainer for 4 years, and I have two boys, ages 6 and 2.