Our Team

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    The Bewersdorf Family Owner
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    The Bewersdorf Family Owner

    Gina, a radiologist, and Ryan, a lawyer, are former Goldfish parents and current owners of three Goldfish locations. Like most Goldfish stories this one begins in Michigan, where the Bewersdorfs currently reside, in 2009 when Gina signed their son up for swim lessons. Prior to attending Goldfish lessons, he did not want to learn how to swim and refused to participate in any of the community swim classes Gina took him to. However, when they went to Goldfish Farmington (which had just opened), he took the plunge and started splashing his way to the swimmer he is today. Their son made quick progress in the pool due to the fun atmosphere at Goldfish and the one-on-one attention he received from his instructors. Their daughter began swimming at 6 months and is now a state competitor. Seeing this transformation in her own kids Gina was inspired to learn to swim. After months of training, she was comfortable enough in the water to finish the Ironman triathlon (comprised of a 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 mile bike and full marathon) multiple times, one of the most iconic long course triathlons in the world. They just couldn’t stop there, so Gina and Ryan decided to open Goldfish Swim School - Reston in November of 2014 and Goldfish Swim School - Falls Church in September 2017. Goldfish Swim School - Alexandria followed in January 2019!

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    Michael Mastropasqua General Manager
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    Michael Mastropasqua General Manager

    Michael joined the Goldfish team in January of 2015 at our Reston location. He is from Chesapeake Virginia where he learned to love the water at a young age. Moving to northern Virginia for college he graduated from George Mason University with a bachelors in Communication. He loves to travel and has been all over Europe! Michael loves his team at Falls Church and treasures seeing the impact Goldfish has on the families of Falls Church, Arlington and the D.C. area! michael.mastropasqua@goldfishss.com

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    Jacquie Horvath Assistant General Manager
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    Jacquie Horvath Assistant General Manager

    Jacquie has been with Goldfish since July 2015 starting at our Reston location. Her favorite color is Purple and her favorite disney movie is Toy Story, you may even notice her “To Infinity And Beyond” tattoo on her right forearm. Jacquie loves working at Goldfish because she loves teaching and being able to teach children the importance of water safety. When Jacquie is not at Goldfish, which is rare, you can catch her hanging out with her friends or her younger siblings Graham and Virginia.

    Jacquelyn.horvath@goldfishss.com

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    Lucas Rifenberg Assistant General Manager
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    Lucas Rifenberg Assistant General Manager

    Talofa! Lucas is Samoan and was born in California where he was raised by Norwegians with a pack of dogs at home. He loves a good story, everything from comic books to classic novels, TV shows to movies. He especially loves to create stories. Lucas likes to draw, write, and play music, especially his tenor saxophone. You can usually find Lucas doing one of the above if he's not working hard at Goldfish. lucas.rifenberg@goldfishss.com

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    Tommy Hamilton Regional Manager
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    Tommy Hamilton Regional Manager

    Tommy was born and raised in the great state of Michigan, so you can sure bet your two cents that he is a die hard Lions, Wings, and Tigers fan. He moved to Northern Virginia in September of 2014 to help open Goldfish Swim School of Reston. Tommy graduated from Grand Valley State Univeristy with a bachelors in Marketing. When he is not at Goldfish you can find him on the ice playing hockey or on the golf course working on his game. Tommy enjoys seeing the excitement on the children's faces as they learn a life changing skill. Tommy is looking forward to delivering a Golden experience to the families of Falls Church, Alexandria, Arlington and the D.C. area. tommy.hamilton@goldfishss.com

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    Jessica Mummert Regional Facility & Logistics Manager
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    Jessica Mummert Regional Facility & Logistics Manager

    Jessica has been with Goldfish since July 2015. She moved to Virginia from her home state of Texas. Jessica is a #MomOfThree; she has a son, Donovan, and two daughters, Alex and Annabelle, who have all taken swim lessons at Goldfish. Jessica’s favorite place to travel is Disney World, because she is a Disney fanatic and her favorite Disney movie is Mulan. Jessica’s favorite color is green. Fun fact - she has never eaten a hot dog or a hamburger! When she’s not at Goldfish, you can find her hopping on her pogo stick, as she jumps rope at the same time, or spending time with her kids at the park. jessica.mummert@goldfishss.com

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    Chris Knarr Operations Manager
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    Chris Knarr Operations Manager

    Mr. Chris is a student at George Mason University. GO PATRIOTS! He is studying the brain. His favorite color is cyan and his favorite Disney movie is Hercules. Mr. Chris also enjoys studying squids and octopuses, exploring nature, and collecting bugs. He loves swimming because it makes him feel like a fish and it’s great for exercise and motor development! Chris.knarr@goldfishss.com

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    Alielyx A. Swim Instructor
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    Alielyx A. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Alielyx but you can call her Ali. She loves swimming and her favorite stroke is freestyle.  In her spare time you can find Ms. Ali baking. Her favorite movie is Barbie in a Mermaid Tale.

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    Amanda C. Swim Instructor
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    Amanda C. Swim Instructor

    This is Ms. Amanda! She currently attends Marymount university where she is pursuing her bachelors in criminal justice and psychology. Amanda speaks Spanish and English and when she isn't at Goldfish you can find her at her second home, the gym! She loves to explore new places and try new foods.

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    Amanda W. Swim Instructor
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    Amanda W. Swim Instructor

    This is Ms. Amanda! Her favorite movie is Lady Bird and her favorite swimming stroke is breaststroke. When she isn't at goldfish you can find Ms. Amanda talking care of her plants or listening to her fave, Taylor Swift! She loves to perform and loves musical theatre.

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    Andrew G. Swim Instructor
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    Andrew G. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Mr. Andrew! He loves to swim and his favorite stroke is butterfly. When he isn't at Goldfish you can find Andrew eating his favorite meal, pasta! He LOVES it!

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    Anna T. Swim Instructor
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    Anna T. Swim Instructor

    This is Anna! She is a student at Northern Virginia Community college and her favorite color is pink!  Anna also loves cats.  In her free time she enjoys Irish dancing and skiing.

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    Audrey B. Swim Instructor
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    Audrey B. Swim Instructor

    This is Ms. Audrey! Her favorite stroke is butterfly and her favorite color is dark blue. She has two pet cats that she loves so much.  Audrey has always been a swimmer and started the sport very young at age three!

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    Brianna M. Swim Instructor
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    Brianna M. Swim Instructor

    This is Ms. Brianna! She loves the Disney movie Toy Story and her favorite color is blue. She has been a swimmer her whole life and her two best strokes are freestyle and butterfly.

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    Cat J. Swim Instructor
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    Cat J. Swim Instructor

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    Chris R. Swim Instructor
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    Chris R. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Mr. Chris! He is currently a student at George Mason University pursuing a degree in History education. He has three dogs names Tyson, Fluffy and Alaska. When he isn't at Goldfish you can find Chris relaxing and playing video games like Super Mario!

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    Christian D. Swim Instructor
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    Christian D. Swim Instructor

    This is Mr. Christian! Before recently moving to northern Virginia, Christian lived in Connecticut his whole life. Some other places he has traveled to include New York and Rhode Island. He loves high fives so make sure to give him a huge high five the next time you see him in class!

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    Daniel G. Swim Instructor
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    Daniel G. Swim Instructor

    This is Daniel! He is a student at George Mason University and he loves everything from cars, burgers and anything to do with french fries. He has always enjoyed swimming at both the pool and the beach because he finds it relaxing and fun at the same time. He is always excited to teach swimming because he loves people! His favorite color is red and his favorite fruits are pineapple and mango.

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    Daniela D. Swim Instructor
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    Daniela D. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Ms. Daniela! She has been swimming ever since she was three years old and her favorite stroke is the backstroke.  In her free time you can find her playing soccer and listening to her favorite rock and roll songs.  Ms. Daniela's favorite color is blue and she loves everything about summer!

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    Emad A. Swim Instructor
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    Emad A. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Mr. Emad. Some of his favorite hobbies are playing football, American football of course. He also loves swimming and diving. He was born in Egypt and raised in Houston before moving to Northern Virginia.

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    Grace H. Swim Instructor
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    Grace H. Swim Instructor

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    Graham H. Swim Instructor
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    Graham H. Swim Instructor

    Mr.Graham AKA Mr. Graham Cracker is a student at NOVA. When you first see Mr. Graham, you will notice his big smile and goofy personality. He loves working at Goldfish because it is the only place that will pay him to be as silly as he wants. In his free time, you can find him watching his favorite Disney movie, Cars, or hanging out with his 2 sisters, Jacquie and Virginia.

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    Hannah T. Swim Instructor
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    Hannah T. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Hannah! She goes to Annandale High School and will be graduating this Spring! Hannah enjoys playing volleyball. She has a passion for art and loves to share her painting and drawings with her friends. She loves home cooked meals, they are all so good she can't pick a favorite! Hannah loves the color white, it has a sense of purity. Mulan is her favorite Disney movie and Hannah loves the ocean because she grew up exploring many islands from her home country.

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    Hugo L. Swim Instructor
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    Hugo L. Swim Instructor

    This is Mr. Hugo! His favorite color is blue and favorite superhero is Iron Man. He into sports like football and swimming and when he's in the pool you can find him swimming his favorite stroke freestyle!

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    Jewel C. Swim Instructor
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    Jewel C. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Ms. Jewel she loves seeing and talking to people and can't wait to meet all her swimmers in the water. One of her favorite books as a child was Green eggs and Ham!

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    Jordan M. Swim Instructor
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    Jordan M. Swim Instructor

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    Julia L. Swim Instructor
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    Julia L. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Ms. Julia! She is 17 years old and has been swimming since she was seven years old. Her favorite stroke is freestyle and a fun fact about her, she has two older brothers.

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    Kenza E. Swim Instructor
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    Kenza E. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Ms. Kenza! Her favorite Disney movies are The Princess and the Frog and Hercules. Some of her favorite colors are purple and green and she loves to swim butterfly stroke. A fun fact about Ms. Kenza she runs track and swims!

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    Kyler D. Swim Instructor
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    Kyler D. Swim Instructor

    Hello! This is Kyler! His favorite color is blue and his favorite food is pizza. When he isn't at Goldfish you can find Kyler playing his favorite video games at home. His favorite animal is a cat and fun fact about him, he's from the West Coast!

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    Landon G. Swim Instructor
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    Landon G. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Mr. Landon! He loves to swim and his favorite stroke is the backstroke. When he isn't in the pool you can find him playing one of his favorite sports, Lacrosse.

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    Lauryn M. Swim Instructor
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    Lauryn M. Swim Instructor

    This is Ms. Lauryn! She enjoys spending time outdoors and wants you to know her favorite color is blue. She loves to be creative and find new ways to keep her students engaged and happy in class.

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    Lily B. Swim Instructor
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    Lily B. Swim Instructor

    This is Lily! She is originally from Pennsylvania and she is the youngest of five children. Her favorite color is purple and her goal is to be a NICU nurse. In her free time she likes to hang out with her friends and relax by watching YouTube or Netflix!

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    Maryssa I. Swim Instructor
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    Maryssa I. Swim Instructor

    This is Ms. Maryssa! She loves all Disney princesses and sponge bob. When she isn't at Goldfish you can find Ms. Maryssa reading crime novels or hanging out at home. She loves to swim and cant wait to meet all her students in class.

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    Miley F. Swim Instructor
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    Miley F. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Ms. Miley! Her favorite color is blue and she loves to play ultimate frisbee. One of her favorite movies of all time is Madagascar.

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    Mitchell M. Swim Instructor
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    Mitchell M. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Mitch! He is a high school student at Robinson Secondary school. He started swimming at a young age and loves working with and coaching kids. His favorite color is blue and his favorite Disney movie is Monsters Inc. When he isn't at Goldfish, Mitch is usually reading or practicing on his guitar.

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    Neyda G. Swim Instructor
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    Neyda G. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Ms. Neyda! Her favorite colors are green and yellow and her favorite movie is Cinderella (both the cartoon and live action ones) A fun fact about her, she really really loves plants!

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    Olaiya L. Swim Instructor
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    Olaiya L. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Olaiya! She is a senior at George Mason high school and she loves reading and being outside. She is on her high schools swim team and she has three younger sisters so she loves being around kids. Her favorite Disney princesses are Moana and Jasmine and her favorite superhero is Spiderman. Her favorite Star Wars character is Ahsoka Tano and her favorite movie to watch with her sisters is the Princess Diaries two.

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    Pegah B. Swim Instructor
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    Pegah B. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Ms. Pegah! Some of her favorite movies are the Corpse Bride and Coraline. She loves long road trips with friends and late night drives to new places. Her favorite color is green.

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    Raven T. Swim Instructor
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    Raven T. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Ms. Raven! Her favorite movies are a tie between Nightmare before Christmas and the Corpse Bride. She is a competitive wrestler and her favorite colors are purple and black. She says she looooves working with kids because they are so creative and have colorful personalities. When Ms. Raven isn't at goldfish you can find her either painting or singing.

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    Sachin S. Swim Instructor
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    Sachin S. Swim Instructor

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    Sarah W. Swim Instructor
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    Sarah W. Swim Instructor

    This is Sarah! She may be a teacher, but she's definitely one of the kids. At parties and events you can find her playing with all the kids or finding some way to keep them all laughing. It is just how she is. She loves swimming and all things water. There is a reason for that, though she is secretly a mermaid! Make sure to give Ms. Sarah a huge high five the next time you are at Goldfish.

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    Seth W. Swim Instructor
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    Seth W. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Seth! He loves soccer, wrestling and watching TV. Fun fact about him he's from Germany. His favorite color is blue and he is so excited to swim with you!

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    Suki E. Swim Instructor
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    Suki E. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Ms. Suki! She loves fashion and modeling and her favorite colors are sage green and orange. Her favorite movie is Catwalk on Youtube. Make sure you give Suki a big high five the next time you see her in the water!

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    Thomas H. Swim Instructor
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    Thomas H. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Thomas! His favorite Disney movie is cars and his favorite color is blue like the pool! His favorite stroke to teach and swim in the water is breaststroke.

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    Thomas S. Swim Instructor
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    Thomas S. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Mr. Thomas! He has been a swimmer for 12 years and his favorite stroke is freestyle. When he isn't at Goldfish you can find Thomas hanging out with his friends and playing games. He loves being able to help and teach kids how to swim.

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    Tito R. Swim Instructor
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    Tito R. Swim Instructor

    This is Mr. Tito! His favorite movie is Interstellar and he goes to George Mason University. His favorite color is blue and his favorite sport to watch and play is soccer. Titos favorite animal is a panda!

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    Victoria G. Swim Instructor
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    Victoria G. Swim Instructor

    Aloha! This is Victoria and she wants you know that she can't wait to be your swim instructor!  She is a senior in high school and she has one older sister.  When she isn't at Goldfish you can find Victoria babysitting!  As a musical lover she can probably recite all the Moana songs by heart and she is also a big fan of Marvel's superheroes.

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    Virginia H. Swim Instructor
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    Virginia H. Swim Instructor

    Aloha this is Ms. Virginia! She is one of three siblings that work at Goldfish Falls Church! They all have matching incredibles tattoos to prove it! Her favorite stroke is backstroke and her favorite color is red.

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    Zach R. Swim Instructor
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    Zach R. Swim Instructor

    Zach is currently a student at NOVA. He loves all colors but his favorite color is blue! His favorite animal is a cheetah because they are so fast! When Zach isn’t at Goldfish he loves skating with his friends.

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    Alex Tarte Safety Coordinator
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    Alex Tarte Safety Coordinator

    This is Alex! Her favorite color is green, her favorite Disney movie is Up! She enjoys cooking on the weekends- specifically breakfast foods! She also love to read and write during her downtime. Alex graduated from George Mason and wishes to pursue teaching or editing! Alex is our Safety Coordinator at Falls Church and leads our team of lifeguards in training and exercises.

    Alexsis.tarte@goldfishss.com

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    Alisha J. Front Desk Representative
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    Alisha J. Front Desk Representative

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    Maya B. Front Desk Representative
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    Maya B. Front Desk Representative

    Aloha this is Maya! She loves to draw and make art. She studied animation and video art in school. Her favorite Disney movies are The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lady and the Tramp.

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    Nikki C. Front Desk Representative
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    Nikki C. Front Desk Representative

    Hello this is Ms. Nikki! She loves anything that involves water so she loves working at Goldfish! In her spare time you can find her practicing her drawing and art. Fun fact about her she has a first degree black belt! Wow!

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    Niya W. Front Desk Representative
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    Niya W. Front Desk Representative

    This is Niya! She loves her niece and nephew so much she hangs out with them every weekend. Her favorite Disney movie is The Princess and the Frog, of course! She loves making music and the color blue. Her mom tells her she is destined for greatness and she knows you are too!

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