Meet the Coaches
Elena Strong has over 25 years of skating experience, and over 10 years of coaching experience. Elena’s coaching expertise includes freestyle, moves in the field, choreography, and synchronized skating. As a skater, Elena was an accomplished synchronized skater, and was a member of Team USA 1 (The Haydenettes) in 2002 and 2003. Elena attended The University of Michigan where she was a member of their Senior Synchronized Skating team.
Kristen (Roth) Paulson has been coaching figure skating for the past 17 years. She is a former Senior Pairs National competitor, Jr. World’s Pairs Bronze medalist, Junior Pairs National Silver Medalist, and Novice Pairs National Champion. She has coached skaters of all levels and ages ranging from beginner to Senior Level in freestyle and moves. Kristen previously coached at the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI, Copper County Figure Skating Club in Houghton, MI, and the Foothills Figure Skating Club in Littleton, Colorado.
Rachael Razor is a member of the USFSA and has been teaching for 20 years. She is a USFS certified coach and is qualified to teach all levels of Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Basic Skills. She has taught skaters through Senior Moves in the Field and Novice Freestyle. Rachael was a USFS competitive skater for 10 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design.
Jessica began skating at Grand Oaks when she was 7 years old and has loved it ever since. She was a competitive skater until graduating high school and loved performing in the ice shows. Jessica has been coaching for the Livingston Skate Club for the past 9 years. She also coached for the Mount Pleasant Figure Skating Club while attending college. Jessica graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in child development and psychology, and Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Occupational Therapy.
Kim started skating at Grand Oaks at the age of 3 and has around 12 years of coaching experience. She has always loved preforming in the ice show and has participated in many competitions throughout her skating career. Skating runs in her family and she’s excited to be coaching at her home rink.