Meet Our Coaches
Owner & Director
Amy Fankhauser is the Owner/Director of @learntoskatekc and the Founder + National Coordinator of Road to Gold Training Camps. Whether she is directing our Learn to Skate program, coaching her own athletes or coordinating @road2gold across the country, Amy sees athletes as people first, each with unique, special talents & qualities. "Life is about collecting experiences and growing from them. I see coaching as an opportunity to not only provide great experiences for others but also to learn and grow myself, through the people I meet and the life lessons I gain" When she's not on the ice Amy can be found at the lake kayaking with her family or making jewelry for her other business @orangedragonflystudio. Amy is a U S Figure Skating registered coach and is PSA Catagory A compliant. She loves working with recreational and competitive athletes in Freeskating, Ice Dancing and Moves in the Field.
Bio coming soon
Stephanie Burkett’s passion grew for skating from the first time she set foot on a frozen pond at 4 years old in her brother’s oversized skates. Stephanie grew up skating in Jefferson City on an outdoor rink, and spent summers skating in St. Louis and Kansas City. Stephanie has always preferred performing for audiences over competing in front of judges, and has directed several ice shows throughout her skating career. She loves watching young people discover their passion for the sport, whether it be for recreation or training as an elite athlete. She has been coaching since she was 16 years old and looks forward to the day when she can teach her grandchildren to skate.
Jennifer Compton has been coaching skating for over 20 years. As a competitive figure skater training at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, she built a strong foundation and love for the sport and now enjoys helping athletes improve not only their skating skills but their fitness level. "I believe in establishing trust with each athlete to balance the positive and negative aspects of learning. The more fun a skater has, the faster they will learn". When she's not on the ice, Jennifer can be found on the lake enjoying time with family and friends.
Grant Huang is the 2011 Adult National Junior/Senior Masters Champion, holding a PSA Master Rating in Free Skate, Moves in the Field, Group instruction, and Choreography. He is also a double gold medalist in Moves in the Field and Free Skating, and has coached skaters in earning medals at the Regional, Sectional, and National level. Grant has his Masters in Architecture from the University of Kansas, and is also a Lego collector. He's a registered coach with USFS and is a PSA CER Category A Compliant coach, and loves to work with beginners to adults, either recreationally or competitively! Contact: email@example.com.
Bonnie Lewis began skating in the Washington DC area at Fairfax Ice Arena and moved to Kansas City where she continued skating and studying ballet. She was a part of the Northern Virginia Ballet Academy and the American Youth Ballet company, where she graduated from in 2014. Bonnie has 8 years of coaching experience and is a PSA rated coach (Certified Moves, Registered Moves, and Registered Choreography). She is a member of LTS USA and USFS. In 2018 Bonnie graduated from KU with a degree in Exercise Science. Bonnie enjoys teaching skaters the basics; following a methodology to help skaters advance their skating skills; and assisting skaters polish their programs. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and enjoys sharing her passion for ballet and off ice conditioning with skaters.
Shannon Palumbo began skating in St Louis in 1996 and joined Synchro St Louis in 1997; and has been skating ever since. In 2000 her family relocated to Kansas City and she became a member of the Line Creek family. When she retired from competitive skating in 2007, she began coaching at Line Creek, and continues to call Line Creek her home. In addition to coaching for Learn to Skate KC, Shannon coaches individuals, is the Line Creek FSC Skating Director, and is a member of the coaching staff for Kansas City Illusion synchro teams. Shannon is the busy mom of 2 boys.
Figure skating has been a passion of coach Chelsea's for several years. She began skating at age three and after, landing double jumps, competing and training across the country, she took a break from competitive skating. Sixteen years later, after some life-lessons, College and a marriage Chelsea has returned to the sport and to Line Creek. Coach Chelsea loves having the opportunity to coach and inspire the same 'little Chelsea's' that walk through the Line Creek doors today!
“When I was in the 4th grade I went to my first public skating session at Line Creek, and a year later I started the Learn To Skate program. I have grown up here, and Line Creek is my home!" January 2022 is my 5th year coaching Learn To Skate, and I love it because I enjoy seeing the excitement on skaters faces when they master a new skill, or they have that moment when it just “clicks”! A fun fact about me is I still compete as an Adult skater on the KC Illusion synchronized skating team! Outside of skating, I love experimenting with makeup, working out, and I also volunteer at a local animal shelter, KC Pet Project- you’ll always find me with the cats!”
Emma Tran has is a coach for @learntoskatekc and has been taking private lessons with Amy Fankhauser,
Grant Haung, and Shannon Palumbo for her entire skating career. She found the love of skating
at the age of four and loved it ever since. Making lifelong friendships through skating is a plus, and is very grateful for them. She loves teaching kids whether in a big group or one-on-one, and loves when able to help someone succeed or feel self- accomplished. While still young,
and is learning the ropes of life, she hopes that after high school, to be in Disney on Ice or attend Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. There, she'd skate on their Team USA
Synchronized Skating Team, and hopes to major in Sports or Forensic Psychology. When Emma is not on
the ice, she can be found backstage at her high school theater production, or spending time with her friends or family.
Junior Coach's Bio to come soon!
Junior Coach's Bio to come soon!