Professional Development Plan: National Team Member Brenna Kelleher

Congratulations to the 2021-24 PSIA-AASI National Team for all the work they’ve done promoting, supporting, and assisting with the development of PSIA-AASI education materials, programs, and activities at all levels.

As the team enters its final season, team coaches and members reflect on the work they’ve done for the association, their personal accomplishments, and their professional development plans — including how they think those plans can help you reach your goals this season.

PSIA Alpine Team Member Brenna Kelleher

Q: This team has achieved a lot in a short time — including representing the association at Interski 2023, continued refinement of the Learning Connection, and working toward the target date to align certification processes. What achievements stand out to you?

A: As a national PSIA Alpine Team member, several achievements within our team’s recent track record stand out prominently to me. First and foremost, our participation in Interski 2023 was a remarkable milestone. This global event not only showcased our team’s expertise but also facilitated international knowledge exchange, enhancing our skills and perspectives.

Equally noteworthy is the ongoing refinement of the Learning Connection. This educational framework is integral to our teaching methodology, and our team’s commitment to its improvement demonstrates our dedication to providing the best learning experiences for our students. It reflects our adaptability and commitment to staying at the forefront of snowsports instruction.

Lastly, the target date set to align certification processes is a significant achievement. This initiative will standardize and streamline certification procedures, ensuring consistency and quality in our programs nationwide. It underscores our team’s commitment to excellence and our continuous efforts to enhance the educational experience for instructors and students.

Q: What professional goals do you have in terms of teaching and skiing?

A: To help establish a stronger technical understanding regionally, nationally, and individually.

Q: How can you work with and learn from other instructors on this journey?

A: Working with and learning from other instructors is a cornerstone of professional growth in snowsports instruction. Collaborating with peers offers diverse teaching perspectives and innovative techniques that can enhance the learning experience for students. Engaging in open discussions and sharing experiences fosters a culture of continual improvement.

Mentorship is equally vital. Learning from experienced instructors provides valuable guidance and shortcuts to success. Their insights and advice can significantly accelerate one’s professional development.

Participating in workshops, seminars, and team training events is an invaluable way to learn from others. These platforms provide opportunities to interact with a broader network of instructors, stay updated on industry trends, and adopt best practices.

Teaching clinics and observations contribute to mutual growth. Colleagues can provide constructive feedback, helping instructors identify areas for improvement and refine their teaching techniques.

Online forums and PSIA-AASI communities offer a virtual space for ongoing learning and knowledge sharing. Engaging in discussions, asking questions, and sharing experiences with a broader community of instructors helps everyone stay connected and informed.

In conclusion, working collaboratively and learning from fellow instructors enriches professional journeys in snowsports instruction. It leads to a culture of continuous improvement, benefits students, and contributes to the growth of the snowsports instruction community.

Q: How can your professional development plan help other instructors work to achieve their goals?

A: Your professional development plan can be a powerful resource for fellow instructors striving to achieve their goals. It provides a tangible example of goal-setting and self-awareness. By showcasing your steps, such as attending workshops or gaining certifications, you offer a practical road map for skill enhancement. Additionally, your plan underscores the importance of adaptability and ongoing learning in the dynamic world of snowsports.

Moreover, sharing your experiences fosters a sense of community among instructors. It encourages collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and the elevation of teaching standards within PSIA-AASI. Your journey can inspire and guide others, ultimately helping them work toward their goals and contribute to the growth and improvement of the snowsports instruction community.

Q: What does being a member of the PSIA-AASI community mean to you, and how do you share that sense of belonging with the people you teach, as well as other snow pros?

A: Being part of the PSIA-AASI community means having a support network that understands the challenges of being a snowsports instructor. It’s about belonging and growth. I share this sense of belonging with my students, emphasizing the value of continual learning and safety awareness. I also encourage others to join the community, expanding its inclusive spirit and offering more people the support and camaraderie that have enriched my own experience.