Skating Staff Guide

To select a private lesson instructor, you may come in and observe our instructors while teaching and approach them directly or you may ask the skating manager for assistance in choosing the appropriate instructor for you. All instructors are independent contractors who use the Westminster ICE facility to teach private lessons and, therefore, set their own schedules, lesson fees, and policies. Private lesson fees are paid directly to the instructor and do not include ice time or skate rental. It is recommended that you arrange a lesson on the same day as your group class, since the public session and skates are included as part of your Learn to Skate package.

Skating Professionals

Carrie Harris, Skating School Lead

Phone: (323) 806-9627

I am a USFS double Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and Freestyle. I have competition experience at the local, Sectional, Regional, and National levels, with 17 years of teaching experience. I love to teach all ages and levels of skating.

Teri Ballard

Phone: (949) 394-8064


Instructs all types and levels of skating to all ages with a variety of goals from recreation/fitness to competitive. Teri has a Master's degree in Physical Education, more than 25 years of experience coaching privately and instructing group classes and is the mother of 4 responsible citizens. She instructs/coaches using both the USFS and ISI programs to match the needs of the skater. She serves at competitions (ISI and USFS) and is on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Figure Skating Club. PSA rated in Group, Moves in the Field, and Freestyle.

Shannon Sheppard

Phone: (714) 328-8101

USFS double Gold Medalist & Silver Medalist (pairs); two time US National competitor. Teaches jumps, spins, Moves in the Field, and hockey power skating with an emphasis on edge quality and control. I have had the great honor of teaching for over 20 years.

Phone: (714) 797-2759

USFS Silver Medalist in moves in the field. Former Senior level Synchronized Skating team member. U.S. Figure Skating member, Learn to Skate USA member and PSA member. 15 years skating experience. Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development. Enjoys working with children of all ages and levels.

Dianne DeLeeuw

Phone: (714) 290-9222

World and European Ladies Champion; 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist; 2 Time Olympian and 5 time World Team member. 6 Time National Champion of Holland; USFS Gold Medalist in Figures and Freestyle, Canadian Gold Medalist in Figures and Freestyle. Specializing in the International Judging System. ISI Gold Judge and National Referee. Over 25 years teaching experience coaching Regional, Sectional, National and International Medalists.

Penny Pereboom

Phone: N/A

25+ years teaching experience in technique and choreography, all ages and levels (ISI and USFS). Gold Certified ISI Judge. Skated professionally in Knott’s Ice Spectacular and The Nutcracker – A Fantasy On Ice. College degree in Dance and American Sign Language.

Kyla Prather

Phone: 714.878.8853

25 years Coaching Experience. USFS Gold Medalist in Figure and Freestyle. Coached National level skaters, including National Novice Gold Medalist in Figures and Silver Medalist in Freestyle. Current member of PSA, USFS, and ISI.

Paula Rankin

Phone: (714) 315-4250

Paula has over 20 years of experience teaching figure skating with a strong emphasis on jumps, spins and edges. An ISI member and certified ISI judge, she has taught skaters of all ages, tot through adults. She especially enjoys working with beginners and adults. University level training in dance gives her a special interest in skating choreography. Paula is a college graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Sarah Sherman

Phone: (714) 606-3879

US Figure Skating Gold Medalist; Professional Skaters Association Rated Instructor in Moves in the Field and Free Skating. Specializes in Moves in the Field, beginner & competitive singles skating, synchronized team skating, choreography, and off-ice training & conditioning. Professional music editing for all levels of competition.

Phone: (714)728-9197 

Over 30 years coaching experience in Singles, Dance, and Moves in the Field, beginner through senior level. USFS Gold Medalist. Coach of Matrix Synchro team. National level coach. PSA rated professional, ISI Gold certified judge. B.A. in PE/Exercise Physiology from the University of California, Berkeley.