Mentor Program

Pilates Instructor Mentor Program

Joseph_Pilates_mat.jpgThe Pilates Instructor Mentor Program at Excel Pilates is dedicated to providing high-quality continuing education and mentoring to graduates of comprehensive classical Pilates teacher training programs.  As a Pilates instructor, it is important to enhance the knowledge obtained as an apprentice through continuing education.  Through the Pilates Instructor Mentor Program at Excel, participants will go beyond standard continuing education and experience the one-on-one attention only offered through a mentor.  It is after graduation from a teacher training program that a Pilates instructor’s education and experience is tested through a variety of clients and situations. Whether teaching individually or along with other Pilates teachers, a mentor can be a valuable resource for a Pilates instructor at any level, from a recent graduate to a more experienced teacher.  

The Pilates Instructor Mentor Program at Excel offers access to the experience of second-generation teachers Lesa McLaughlin and Kerry De Vivo on a one-on-one basis.  This program is tailored to your needs (see sample program outline below) and is designed to deepen your level of teaching and understanding of the Pilates method.  We believe the Pilates exercises should be studied authentically and in person as well as receiving individual feedback on teacher skills.

The program directors, Lesa McLaughlin and Kerry De Vivo, offer over 40 years of combined Pilates teacher experience. Both became certified as teachers in 1995 with certifications from the Pilates Studio in New York and the Pilates Center in Colorado, respectively.  Both directors trained with, and were certified by, master teacher Romana Krysanowska, protégé of Joseph Pilates.  Kerry and Lesa have co-directed the Pilates Teacher Training Program at Excel since 2001 and have been Pilates studio owners since 1998.  Both Kerry and Lesa have extensive experience in teaching movement through their degrees and careers as dancers.  

Sample Program Outline

Each ten-session course is customized to meet each participant’s goals.  Enrolled participants design their mentor program around ten 50-minute sessions.  Participants choose between taking one-on-one sessions to deepen their own Pilates workout, which enriches one’s teaching; reviewing and clarifying exercises; assistance with session design; problem solving for specific exercises or clients; and observation and feedback of participant’s teaching.  Participants can mentor with Kerry De Vivo at Excel Pilates Annapolis in Annapolis, Maryland, Lesa McLaughlin at Excel Pilates DC, or both program directors.

After each ten-session course, participants are able to enroll in additional ten-session courses to reach their needs. A certificate of completion will be given after each ten-session course.  

To apply:
Download the application form and mail the completed form with a $100 non-refundable application fee (made payable to Excel Pilates DC) to: 3407 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017.  Upon approval of application, an evaluation session and interview will be scheduled. The evaluation session and interview will determine acceptance to the program. Acceptance into the Pilates Instructor Mentor Program at Excel is based on, but not limited to, the completion of a classical comprehensive Pilates teacher training program, level of skill and physical integration of the Pilates method, overall knowledge of the Pilates method, and professionalism.  

Program fee: $1,000.00
Program fee includes:
10 sessions to be utilized as needed by participant.  Options include:

  • one on one sessions at Excel Pilates DC or Pilates of Annapolis at Excel
  • observation of program directors’ teaching
  • assistance with session design or problem solving for specific exercises or clients
  • exercise review/clarification sessions
  • observation of participant teaching followed by post observation feedback sessions
  • up to 6 post observation 25-minute feedback sessions