MEET OUR COACHES
At Carolina Ice Palace, our coaches are simply the best!
If you are looking to sign up for private or semi-private lessons please reach out directly to any of
the coaches below or if you prefer email our Figure Skating Director, Stacey Mons at firstname.lastname@example.org
and she will help and assist you with finding a coach and any questions you may have.
Stacey Mons – CIP Figure Skating Director
Stacey has been the Figure Skating Director at the Ice Palace for 14 years. She began teaching in Charleston in 1998 when the rink first opened. Just coming off a 7-year professional skating tour with Disney on Ice, Holiday on Ice in Europe, Magic on Ice, and Snoopy on Ice, she decided to put the suitcases away and settle down in Charleston. Stacey holds ratings from the Professional Skaters Association in Moves in the Field and Freestyle. In addition, she teaches choreography, power skating, off-ice classes, and hockey skating. With two teenage sons that play hockey, Stacey loves helping players improve their game by developing skating skills. Contact Stacey at email@example.com or 843.572.2717 ext 5906.
Sandy Lenz Jackson
With 30 years of experience coaching skaters, Sandy brings her diverse talents to the Carolina Ice Palace, where she has coached for the last 22 years. Sandy’s accomplishments include: Competing in the 1980 Olympics, Winning the National Figure Skating Championship twice, and Earning the silver medal in the 2015 World Figure Skating Championship. She spent 17 years in national and international professional ice shows as a featured soloist, choreographer, and pair skater with Keith Green. She specializes in Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Figures, Pairs, Choreography, and Hockey Power Skating. If you are interested in taking lessons with Sandy you may contact her at Lenz80@aol.com.
Isabelle is a 5-time Canadian National Pairs Champion, 5-time World Medalist, World Champion and 2-time Olympic Bronze Medalist. She has 20 years of coaching experience at the national, international and world level and a Professional Skaters Association Level IV ranking. She specializes in freestyle, pairs, moves in the field and choreography, at all levels.
Leslie is a very passionate, dedicated, and committed figure skating instructor. Leslie has been coaching now for 44 years. She loves teaching skaters of all ages and levels both recreational and competitive. She has produced many talented skates from the lowest level through the national competition levels. If you are interested in taking lessons with Leslie you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 327.5620.
Rocky is a 2-time US National Pairs Champion, 3- time World Team and 1992 Olympic Team member. He has 28 years of coaching experience at the national, international and world level and has a Professional Skaters Association Level IV ranking. He specializes in freestyle, pairs, moves in the field and hockey power skating at all levels.
Libbie is an experienced, fun, and energetic coach. She teaches freestyle, Moves in the Field, and pairs. She has had many students pass through their gold level tests throughout her 39 years of teaching. She has trained skaters to reach their goals of being national competitors. As a skater herself she Is a regional, sectional, and national medalist. If you are interested in lessons with Libbie she can be contacted at email@example.com or (843) 475-5783.
Debbie began skating at the age of 9 at the Broadmoor Figure Skating Club in Colorado Springs, CO, and has been teaching since 1998 as a professional. She holds a BS in Business Management with a minor in Computer Science from Radford University and currently is an Adjunct Professor for the College of Charleston Ice Skating Classes.
She has coached her students through United State Figure Skating Tests as well as Regional Competitions. Debbie’s style of teaching is “make it fun so that long after the lesson is over the student will continue to skate.” Debbie instructs in many styles and disciplines of skating to include: Freestyle (Spins, Jumps, and Edges), Moves in the Field, Power Skating. Additionally, she offers Off-Ice Conditioning. Debbie belongs to the Professional Skater’s Association (PSA) and is a Rated Coach in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. Have a hockey player that wants to get better at skating? Debbie is also a PSA Accredited Power Skating Hockey Instructor. Contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 324-8948.
Charlene grew up in Ontario, Canada, and started skating at the age of 3. She competed for 12 years in Canada, both in singles and in ice dance; in singles, she competed up to the junior level, and in ice dance, she competed two years at the junior level at Canadian Nationals. Charlene traveled for 2 years with Disney on Ice, traveling throughout North and South America.
Currently, in addition to coaching, Charlene is a pediatric Physical Therapist and has been practicing for 18 years and recently obtained her doctorate degree in 2019. Charlene is also proud to work for US Figure Skating with the S.T.A.R.S. program of athlete testing where she travels primarily throughout the northeast and the southeast United States performing athlete fitness assessments. Contact Debbie at email@example.com.
Shannon fell in love with ice skating at the age of 6. She enjoys coaching all levels and ages from recreational skaters to competitors. In her own competitive career, Shannon competed at regional, sectional, and US National Championships in singles. Shannon specializes in jumps, moves in the field, and choreography, and also enjoys helping hockey players strengthen their general skating skills. Shannon’s students have competed at several USFS National Showcase, regional championships (both qualifying and nonqualifying levels) and from there some have qualified to sectional championships, earning Shannon a level 3 ranking with the Professional Skaters Association. For more information or to schedule a lesson please contact Shannon at Mullins.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 671-0536.
Tiffaney is a down-to-earth, positive coach who has been teaching for over 25 years. She has been involved in skating as a competitor, professional show skater, creative and technical director, and coach for over 35 years. Tiffaney holds a BS in Theater Arts and is PSA Rated in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. Contact Tiffaney at email@example.com or 843-324-9695.
Andrea has been coaching for over 10 years. She is a fun and energetic coach who loves to work with skaters of ages. Andrea is a PSA rated coach in freestyle and group lessons. Contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-509-8692.
Christine Vargha Newkirk
Christine is a US Figure Skating Gold Medalist in Figures (Junior Freestyle) and has been coaching for over 28 years. As a competitive skater, she represented the Rye Figure Skating Club, NY, and Southern CT FSC at the North Atlantic and New England Regional Championships, respectively. Christine trained under Canadian medalist Frances Gold Lind. Her students have passed up to Junior Moves in the Field, and she has taken skaters to competitions throughout the Northeast. Christine teaches Freestyle, Moves in the Field, and Power Hockey. This is her second year at the Carolina Ice Palace and the FSC of Charleston.
In addition, Christine is a graduate of Columbia University, Teachers College where she received her EdM in International Education/Curriculum and Teaching. She taught at Darien Public Schools in CT for over 25 years before moving to Charleston. When she’s not coaching skating, Christine works at Porter Gaud as a tutor. She can be reached at email@example.com or (203)918-3801.
Jennifer Dragotta is an elementary school teacher and part-time figure skating coach. After skating as a child, she came back to skating as an adult to compete at the adult level of skating. She coaches Learn to Skate and private beginner lessons.
Corey began skating at age 8 in Ogden, Utah, and spent his Summers training in Sun Valley Idaho. He directed the Weber County learn to skate program while in college and taught in the Ogden/Salt Lake City area for many years. It has been his privilege to be part of the CIP coaching team for 20+ years primarily as a dance coach. Contact Corey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie has been involved in skating as a competitor and coach for 19 years. She began teaching so that she could share her love of skating with others
using an upbeat and encouraging attitude. If you are interested in taking lessons with Katie you may contact her at email@example.com.
I recently moved from Baltimore, Maryland, to Charleston and accepting new students. A double gold medalist in Moves in the Field & Pattern Ice Dance. A National Solo Dance competitor skater for 23 years and a coach for nine years. I love seeing my students find joy in ice dance and skating, no matter what age or level. Please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Jennifer (Jenny) has been coaching for over 15 years. She grew up skating in Tulsa, OK then continued to train, compete, and started coaching in the Kansas City area while attending school at the University of Kansas. She ran the learn to skate program in Kansas City for several years and performed and directed many ice shows. She has a strong passion for choreography, artistry, and theater on ice. She left her theater on ice team in Kansas City when she moved to St. Louis for her husband’s job. She also loves to work with hockey players on developing their skating skills. While in St. Louis, MO she worked with the Little Blues organization. She believes that skating should be fun for everyone and believes in lifelong learning. She loves to work with skaters of all ages. She is currently PSA-rated in both freestyle and group lessons. In addition to coaching, she is a doctor of physical therapy and has a B.A. in Dance. She has taught off ice conditioning and injury prevention to skaters in the past and has also worked with US figure skating with the S.T.A.R.S. program. She offers on and off ice lessons. She takes students to competitions and through US figure skating tests. If you are interested in taking lessons with Jennifer (Jenny) you may contact her at 785-312-4629 or email@example.com.
Jennifer Norman – Ballet Instructor
Jennifer Norman (Jenny) began ballet at the age of four with The Toledo Ballet School, she comes from a dancing family and enjoyed featured roles in “The Nutcracker,” and appearing in a local television commercial. Jenny spent her summers in Manhattan training at the prestigious School of American Ballet and The Joffrey Ballet School. She was awarded scholarships to attend Indiana University’s School of Music and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Ballet. Professionally, she danced with Indianapolis Ballet Theater, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, and made her home here with Charleston Ballet Theater. Jenny began teaching ballet at the age of 17 and loves connecting with her students through positive reinforcement. Jenny also is happily married and has three children, her youngest being a figure skater with FSCC. She looks forward to helping the figure skaters be the best they can be! Contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.