Ice Hockey Skate Instruction

Meet the Instructors

Kris Fondran
Skating First Director

Along with a BS in Elementary Education, Master Degree in Exercise Science, and various skating and fitness related  certifications, Kris has 26 years experience teaching skaters of all ages and skating disciplines. For the last 18 years Kris has worked primarily with hockey players on and off the ice helping to develop and enhance skating technique, power and speed.  She has worked with many  Cleveland area high school teams, recreational leagues, AAA teams and individual players.  As director of the former International Inline Skating Association’s Inline Certification Program Kris has developed and implemented instructor training programs in the US around the world.

She is currently the director of the Inline Certification Program which is the only internationally recognized certifying body for inline skating instructors.

In 2010, with the encouragement of the inline skate company Rollerblade, Kris launched the Mobile Yoga Workout.  The Mobile Yoga Workout has been featured in numerous fitness related publications around the world. 

In 2004 she was named "Best Skating Instructor" in Scene Magazine's Best of Cleveland Edition.   She is also an adjunct professor in the department of  Health and Human Performance and Cleveland State University where she teaches a variety of wellness and teacher education classes.


Jared Lavender
Skating First Assistant Director 

Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Jared grew up playing hockey in the Cleveland Heights youth hockey program and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School where he played four years of varsity hockey.

Jared went on to play two seasons with the Cleveland Jr Lumberjacks and one season with the St. Ignace Black Bears of the NOJHL. After junior hockey he graduated from Castleton State College (ECAC East D III)  where he majored in Business administration, focus in Management and Marketing and played four years of hockey for the Castleton Spartans.

With a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck he was given the opportunity to play pro hockey for five seasons with the Missouri Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Evansville Icemen, Ft. Worth Brahmas and the Louisiana Ice Gators. Jared retired from pro hockey in 2014 and is currently coaching the Bantam team for Cleveland Heights and is a skills development coach for the "Tot Hockey" and "Learn to Play" programs in Cleveland Hts. When he is not on the ice coaching or teach Jared is working for Keller National Insurance brokerage as an Account Executive.



Karin Faletic
Skills Specialist

As a classroom Special Education teacher, Karin has experience with teaching children with a variety of learning styles and needs which she transfers easily to the ice.  In addition to her time in the classroom,  Karin brings 17 years of teaching skating, primarily learn to skate and learn to play hockey to Skating First.


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