From the Parents ::
Stacy is exceptional at helping girls navigate through their teen years and into adulthood. She has played a pivotal role in the lives of the girls she has coached, taught, and mentored; including my own daughter. Her approach to dealing with teens and her capacity to keep them focused on the big picture and their future lends her an uncanny ability to bond with these girls while still maintaining a level of respect and authority. Stacy truly cares about the outcome of young girls and her ability to communicate with them and be such a positive role model in their lives is a godsend. There are so many paths teens can take and the messages they are being sent by the general public and media are not always positive. Stacy has played a critical role in the many lives she has already touched and we have been privileged to be on the receiving end of her special talents. Stacy is able to gain the trust of teens from all walks of life and she puts them at ease in a non judgmental way that allows them to open up and expand their horizons. I would highly recommend Stacy to ALL teen girls. She identifies not only with girls that are dealing with drama, confidence issues or may seem a bit lost but also with girls that are confident and strong leaders. I am extremely excited for Stacy to have the opportunity to influence my second teen daughter coming her way. What a blessing you are Stacy! Keep up the good work! ~Julie Reardon
From the Girls ::
I can honestly say that Stacy Taubman (better known to me as Coach) got me through high school. Dancing is always something I loved to do so joining the Kirkwood High School dance team was always a dream of mine. Sophomore year I made varsity, and couldn’t be more excited. Coach welcomed us with a firm yet exciting tone for the new season. Home life wasn’t at all easy for me in high school making it difficult for me to focus on school and poms. One day coach sent me a text to meet her in her classroom one day after school to talk to me about my grades. Going into her classroom that day I had no idea I would open up so easily about certain things. Ever since that day, going to coaches classroom after school to talk became something that happened on a daily basis. She was so easy to talk to and confide in and I hadn’t met an adult like that before. The harder things appeared to get for me coach was the only one who would really notice. She helped me get counseling, gave me very encouraging advice, and found helpful outlets for me to finish high school strong so that I could get into college. Today I am a freshman in college and still to this day keep in contact with coach. There are so many words she has shared with me that I carry with me daily and will never forget. One she stressed the most was, “if you don’t like something change it. If you cannot change it, change your attitude.” Coach is an amazing mentor and I’m so blessed to have a women so kindhearted in my life. ~ Jordan Napier
Stacy is a force to be reckoned with. What do I mean by this? Well you hear of these people like Bill gates, Walt Disney, William Boeing, who are such intuitive, dedicated entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and you have to think, what the link is between them that causes their success? It’s their drive. Their inability to quit until a goal is accomplished. That is what I mean when I say Stacy Taubman is a ‘force to be reckoned with’. She helped me create such high standards for goals for myself that that I thought I could never do, but with her help I obtained them and more. She taught me to have such a passionate drive for everything I do, and to quite simply, never give up. A shining instance that has resonated with me in the 4 years since working with her was this: During a moment when I was defeated, un motivated, exhausted, and felt I had reached a plateau, and she said to me “Everything you do make it better than the last time you did it.” Everything I did, every time I did it, I could make it just a tiny bit better than the last, and within this method, I could do whatever I wanted to do. I’ve kept this mantra with me in everything I do, and with her help, she has helped me become a force to be reckoned with also. ~ Emily Swafford
I have had the hardest time writing this because I didn’t know how to write down how much Stacy Taubman means to me and how much she has impacted my life. All I can really say is that at my lowest point that I’ve had in my almost 19 years, I asked for her help. Without her support, love and friendship I would not be where I am right now.
I have to say that Stacy was a great role model in my life. She taught me so much about myself and she helped shape me into the person that I am today; for that I am eternally grateful. Coach really went above and beyond. I really appreciate all that she did. I doubt I know anyone who cared genuinely about our lives as much as coach did.
She’s been my unofficial life coach these past 4.5 years and has lead me to be who I really wanted to be. Something she always said was, “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.” E. E. Cummings. She is the one who truly gave me that courage. I can really never thank her enough. I love you, Coach. ~ Sally Owens
A determined coach, a helpful teacher, and a friend ready to listen are all characteristics possessed by my poms coach and depicted through her actions day to day. Spending four years of my life around her has really changed my attitude and has inspired me. Even though people look at her and sometimes only see her bold personality and become intimidated, I look at her and see someone who pushes people to reach their full potential. Whenever I look for someone to critique something I have been working on I know she will give the honest answer. She will not lie and tell me good job; she will look at me, acknowledge my efforts and tell me exactly what still needs improvement. She would always tell me things like, “You can always push yourself twice as hard as you think” and “Good is the greatest enemy of great.” Those sayings and many others stuck in my head and I would not be as successful and motivated as I am today without them. It’s hard to describe how much she has influenced me as a person in such a little time. I wish I could write in detail about every moment she has made me smile, made me feel proud, made me motivated or made me just feel better about anything, but I would have to write a book. She is every definition of a great coach, a great teacher, and a great friend. I will always look up at her as such a strong person and try to take her attitude and characteristics and emulate them in myself. ~ Caroline Bequette
In the past six years, Stacy has been more than just an adult in my life. She was a stand in mother, a rolemodel, but more than that, she has been someone that shaped the way I live my life today. I had a hard couple years in high school and the main person that got me through the darkest times of my life just so happened to be my coach. I was able to come to practice and know that she would continue to push me to greatness despite how I was feeling. When I felt like I couldn’t continue on, Stacy listened to me as I spilled my heart and ultimately helped me to perservere because she believed that I could. To this day, I know that Stacy will help to guide me in my college years and beyond because she takes the time to know your needs and guide you in the right direction, even if that direction is something you never knew you needed ~ Chelsea Goodman
Stacy is just one of those women in the world that listens to you when you need a honest ear, teaches you when you can’t see the lesson, and encourages you when you’re feeling close to the end. She sees the strength in your weaknesses. I probably wouldn’t be the same person I am today without her. She’s taught me how to handle my personal issues, look at the bigger picture, and move forward knowing that there’s always room for growth. As my high school dance coach, and even still in college, Stacy is always eager to know how I’m doing and what’s going on in my life. She’s a factual woman that has taught me that it’s not the situation that defines you, but how way you react to it. It may be hard to find someone in the world that you can trust along with their honesty. It can even be hard to find someone to support you through the good and the bad times. But Stacy makes the hard that much simple because at the end of the day, asking for help is just that simple ~ Robyn Jordan
Stacy Taubman has influenced me more ways than I can count. She has taught me how hard work and determination can lead to success in any aspect in life. She has made me aware of my strengths and has taught me how to use these things to benefit me and help me achieve my goals. I couldn’t imagine going through the last four years without her as my coach, teacher, role model, and mentor ~ Kate McClure
Stacy has greatly affected my life. From the outside she was my dance team coach, but all along she was more of a life coach for me. She genuinely knows right from wrong and was always reminding me that a test of character is the most important kind of test; That I always needed to stop, think, and do what was right. Without Stacy I am positive I would have not made some of the better decisions of my high school career. I am so thankful for her! ~ Luci Schneider
I’ve known Stacy for 2 years now and have learned so much from her. This year I have been to hell and back and she’s been there to help every step of the way. She truly cares about what’s going on in my life and gives me great advice. I know I can trust her with anything, she never judges. I don’t know where I would be today without her.
When I met Stacy Taubman, I was going through a rough patch in my life. Everyday I would sit and talk to her, and she always gave me amazing advice. I left our conversations feeling happy and confident. She is the easiest person to talk to and never judges. I do not know where I would be or what I would be doing if I did not have her in my life. She has been a life changer and a great role model ~ Casey Norton