KIPP Colorado Spotlight: Meet Ms. Snodgrass

Posted Monday, April 18, 2016

Ms. Snodgrass playing for the Colorado team
Ms. Snodgrass playing for the Colorado team

KIPP Montbello College Prep Assistant Principal, Tina Snodgrass, took a minute to talk to us about how she made it to the 2016 USA Ultimate (USAU) Women’s National Team.

USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced Snodgrass among the 24 athletes who will represent the United States this summer in London on the women’s national team at the 2016 WFDF World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC).

How did you make it to the 2016 USA Ultimate Women’s National TeamIn the spring of 2010, I was hired by KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy in Denver as a TFA corps member. I couldn't make the time commitment to play on a competitive ultimate team in my first year as a teacher but in my second year, I tried out for and was placed on the roster for Molly Brown, the top competitive women's club team in Colorado. Since then, I've traveled all around the country each season competing at tournaments and chasing the National Championship with my team. Last year we made semifinals for the first time and this year we hope to win the National Championship.

Last fall, USA Ultimate announced applications for try-outs for the National Team. I decided to apply and was one of 100 women invited to try out. I trained with a few other women from Denver who were invited to tryouts and attended the West Coast Tryout over two days in Phoenix in January. A few weeks later, I was invited to play on the women's team.

What character strengths have helped you to accomplish your goals? Why?  Zest is the main thing that drives me to play the sport, grit when I'm sprinting that last 400 while it's below freezing outside, optimism to believe in myself enough to apply for the team, self-control when I want to curl up with a book or watch Netflix but I hit the gym instead, social intelligence in bonding on and off the field with 23 new teammates, and gratitude for all the people who helped me excel at ultimate and support our team on our journey to London.

Were there any situations in which you had to work out compromises around training? Since I spend nine to eleven hours at KMCP Monday through Friday and hit the gym, track, or field six days a week, that doesn't leave me much extra time for other things. Luckily, KIPPsters and ultimate are my two big passions so I'm happy and fulfilled as long as I'm working for one of them! Danielle D’Ascenzo, KIPP Montbello College Prep Principal, is also really supportive of my goals outside of KIPP so I never feel like I have to choose between the two.

Why did you join KIPP? I joined KIPP Colorado because educational equity is the most pressing need in our country and our students deserve the best. I wanted to be a part of the change KIPP is making to ensure all students in educationally underserved communities achieve their dreams. I've been with KIPP for six years now and I hope to be a KIPPster for decades to come.





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