ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Howdy! My name is Shellie Stasny. I was raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Churchill High School in 1991 and from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a degree in Agricultural Journalism. I worked in the cattle industry for several years but because my heart has always been for teaching children, I became a teacher through the Alternative Certification Program in 1996 and spent 2 years working in deep South Texas, right on the border. I returned to Texas A&M in 1999 and graduated in 2001 with my Masters degree as a Master Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist. I spent the next 12 years working in Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, and at Still Creek Christian Academy in various capacities.
I've been married for 14 years to my husband Mark who is a Bryan/College Station native. We own a land clearing and commercial construction business called JMF Landworks that does pipeline work, land clearing, pond and lake construction and repair, and also run about 250 head of commercial cattle.
I became a competitive swimmer at the age of 3 and began teaching traditional swimming lessons in my parents' backyard at the age of 13. My focus was always SAFETY but I was uninformed about how to teach true survival swimming skills. When I became a mother to 4 precious little boys, their safety in the water was of the utmost importance to me, so I began looking for a program other than Mommy and Me classes that would actually teach my children lifesaving skills. I came across the ISR program through an internet search and was instantly hooked! Unfortunately, there were no instructors in the area so I began researching what it would take to become certified.
I began my training in October 2012 and have been an official Certified Survival Swimming Instructor for nearly 8 years and have been teaching swimming for 34 years. After going through the rigorous 8-week training process and seeing the amazing results, I became even more passionate about ending the childhood epidemic of drowning. I am now a passionate advocate for drowning prevention in the Brazos Valley. Giving back to my community through drowning prevention education and teaching survival swimming skills is truly rewarding and I am thankful for the opportunity to do so.