John Hamaker A3
Cascade Mountain, WI
27+ years teaching
Philosophy: To ski, is to release…
Why I am on Ed Staff: I am blessed with the ability to connect with others and inspire them to maximize their abilities.
Being on the Education Staff lets me utilize my gift to uplift other instructors, which carries down to the people they teach. This allows me to share the excitement I have as a skier and to create life long skiers.
Brad Miller A3, CC3, CS2, TM3All Sections Nordic Rep PSIA-AASI-C
Board Member Bio:
I have been involved with the Snowsports industry since 1974. Having grown up and worked in all corners of section four I will represent our section , and all of Central’s members , with hard work , communication and the honesty reflective of Section 4. I will also communicate with members and member Snow sports schools to assure positive results through team work.
What do you see as Central Division’s greatest strengths?
Centrals greatest strength is the membership and member ski schools. They will always be the driving force. I also see our children’s programs as educationally progressive and very well received.
What do you see as Central Division’s greatest weaknesses?
membership dissatisfaction with board politics, Ed staff inconsistencies, and emphasis on exams more than education. AKA: A break down in communication.
What do you see as Central Division’s greatest opportunity?
The greatest opportunity is to provide programs that answer the members and member ski schools number one question “Why should we belong to PSIA-C These programs should be designed in a collaborative effort that includes members and member snow sport schools.”
What do you see as Central Division’s greatest challenge?
Re building trust with the membership by being responsible and transparent. Member trust of the board is at a very unhealthy level.
Ed Staff Bio:
Discipline: Telemark & Children’s Specialist
Home Schools: Grand Traverse Ski Club: Hickory Hill’s Nubs Nob Snowsports: Nubs Nob
VASA Ski Club: Traverse City Michigan
Roles: Trainer, Instructor and Coach. Alpine, Cross Country, Telemark
Years Teaching: 40+ seasons
Nastar Handicap ( Telemark) : 21.8
Moto to teach by: Involve everyone, keep it simple , keep it moving and keep it fun. Positive learning partnerships create positive learning outcomes.
Reason for Serving on Ed Staff: To learn different teaching ideas from participants and to share teaching ideas from a full time instructors perspective. I love the high Observing and having lightbulbs switch on gives me when there are break throughs.
Favorite Article published in Central Line: “Belonging” based on Maslows third level. It transcended Snowsports.
1974-1977 – National Ski Patrol Mott Mt
1979-2016 – Instructor/coach
Snow sports director @ Sugar Loaf, Timberlee and
High School Head coach @ Suttons Bay, Traverse
City Central and Traverse City St Francis (member
Of the Michigan HS ski coaches Association Hall of
Past President of the Michigan HS Ski Coaches
Jr. race coached @ Grand Traverse Ski Club (former
Head coach), Holiday Race team (co founder), Nubs
Nob race team and Antrim Ski Academy
Instructed @ Timberlee, Sugar Loaf, Hickory Hills,
Mt Holiday, Boyne Highlands, Nubs Nob, Crystal Mt
Shanty Creek resort
Level 2 Alpine 1984
Level 3 Alpine. 1985
Alpine Ed Staff 2004-current (on a leave of absence)
ACE staff – 2008-current
Childrens national task force rep 2013
Level Three Tele – 2014
Nordic Ed staff – 2014 (Tele)
Level Two XC – 2015
Level Three XC – 2020
Nordic Administrator – 2015
Contributing Writer to Central Line and 32 degrees