Carey Tinkelenberg '05 (psychology), founder and director of the Northfield Skating School, recently became the youngest program director in the Professional Skaters Association to earn a Master rating.
The Master rating is the highest rating attainable in the Professional Skaters Association. Coaches and directors become rated in their discipline by successfully completing oral exams, sport science written exams, and meeting experience and continuing education requirements. The minimum requirements for a Master program director rating include 5 years and 500 hours of coaching and management experience and "exceptional knowledge and organization" of staffing, scheduling, promotion, safety standards, education, and ethics of managing skating programs.
Tinkelenberg completed the oral exam on May 25th and was honored at the Professional Skaters Association International Conference and Trade Show in Colorado Springs. She also holds a Senior rating in group instruction and Registered ratings in freestyle and moves-in-the-field.
Tinkelenberg founded the Northfield Skating School after graduating from Carleton College in 2005. In 2008, the school was named a "Model Program" by the editors of SKATING Magazine and Tinkelenberg was presented the June 2008 Making a Difference Award by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative for the school's positive impact on youth.
Tinkelenberg serves as a mentor to directors as member of the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Committee and presents regularly at director training events nationwide. She coaches full time in Northfield, St. Paul, and Eagan and was the silver medalist in Masters Pairs at the 2010 U.S. Adult Championships with Peter Biver.