Camelot KAPS Teacher Reflects on Her Olympics Experience
As thousands of athletes from across the country wind down their 2016 Summer Olympics experience, we caught up with Camelot KAPS teacher Jenne Scholz (formerly Jenne Daley) to talk about her experience training for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a rower.
Scholz began her rowing her freshman year at Boston University—she had never picked up an oar before that! Rowing and fencing were the only two sports that allowed students to walk-on to the team with no prior experience. She was on the fence about rowing when it came time for tryouts, which were held on a rainy day. After walking in and out of her room several times debating if she should go, her roommate finally convinced her to do it it. And it paid off! In addition to her great success as a rower, Scholz earned scholarships for rowing during the rest of her time in college.
After a successful collegiate career, Scholz continued training at the prestigious Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, where she won several national races. She traveled around the world in 2011 and 2012 to train for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She went to England to train on the Olympic course, she stayed in Florida with a host family and practiced three to four times a day, and she also spent two weeks in California practicing and competing.
While in California, Scholz made it to the finals, but just missed the cut to go to London. But she said that training was an incredible experience.
“It’s such a different world,” Scholz said. “You eat, sleep and breathe rowing—even in our free time, when we weren’t practicing or lifting, we were analyzing other races.”
So how did Scholz’s experience help her to be a better teacher at Camelot KAPS? She pointed out three major ways that rowing has impacted her life as an educator:
Dedication. Whatever she does, whether it’s rowing or in a classroom, she gives it her all. That’s what’s necessary in her sport, and as a teacher.
Discipline. It takes a lot of discipline to row, and also to be a teacher; she has to plan everything out, be prepared for possible changes to her plan, and be very organized.
Patience. When improving her rowing performance, things didn’t change overnight; she had to appreciate the small changes and accomplish incremental goals. That’s also the case in the classroom.
Scholz said it also helps that she’s used to being active! She has to constantly move with her third and fourth graders, so being active outside of the classroom is also very important