Our Team

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    Matt Watson Owner & Manager
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    Matt Watson Owner & Manager

    Matt has been teaching swimming since 2003 and at Goldfish since 2006. He was also a high school swim coach from 2003-2011. He loves swimming and helping kids have fun in the pool! He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003. matt.watson@goldfishss.com (616) 275-3086

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    Will Alberts Owner & Manager
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    Will Alberts Owner & Manager

    Will has been swimming since he was one year old. He has been teaching lessons at Goldfish Swim School since 2006. He also swam for Eastern Michigan University for four years. will.alberts@goldfishss.com (616) 275-3086

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    Lauren Ledfor Manager on Duty
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    Lauren Ledfor Manager on Duty

    Lauren grew up in Royal Oak on the east side of the state were she started working at the Birmingham Goldfish for in 2010. She joined our Grand Rapids team at our opening in 2012 and loves her job! Before Lauren worked at Goldfish she attended Cosmetology School. Now she cut’s Mr. Matt and Mr. Will’s hair. Lauren has a dog named Barkley that she absolutely adores. She adopted him in 2013 and they have been sole males ever since. lauren.ledford@goldfishss.com (616) 275-3086

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    Laura Boice Lifeguard Trainer
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    Laura Boice Lifeguard Trainer

    Laura graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Kinesiology. She swam in high school and started teaching swim lessons in 2011. She is a Big Ten Champion!

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    Adam Cone Deck Supervisor
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    Adam Cone Deck Supervisor

    Adam graduated from Oakland University where he studied health science. He was a member of their swim team for all four years that he attended college. He also worked at Goldfish Swim School-Rochester for 3 years!

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    Dan Torralva Deck Supervisor
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    Dan Torralva Deck Supervisor

    Dan has been a competitive swimmer since age 7, and started swimming at 2 years old. He loves to stay active by playing sports and being outside! His favorite event is the 200 freestyle.

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    Cynthia Maxted Swim Instructor
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    Cynthia Maxted Swim Instructor

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    Kaitlin Bayer Swim Instructor
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    Kaitlin Bayer Swim Instructor

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    Kaitlyn Weesies Swim Instructor
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    Kaitlyn Weesies Swim Instructor

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    Kathryn Stegeman Swim Instructor
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    Kathryn Stegeman Swim Instructor

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    Megan Hicks Swim Instructor
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    Megan Hicks Swim Instructor

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    Micalah Mcintosh Swim Instructor
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    Micalah Mcintosh Swim Instructor

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    Samantha Kerkstra Swim Instructor
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    Samantha Kerkstra Swim Instructor

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    Sarah Bass Swim Instructor
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    Sarah Bass Swim Instructor

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    Stephanie Martinz Swim Instructor
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    Stephanie Martinz Swim Instructor

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    Amanda Piggott Teacher
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    Amanda Piggott Teacher

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    Amanda Spiller Teacher
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    Amanda Spiller Teacher

    Amanda graduated from Rockford High School. She is interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. She is currently attending Grand Rapids Community College and is planning on attending Grand Valley State University. She has swam her whole life and used to be on a competitive swim team. She has two cats named Zeus and Shadow and loves writing and craft projects.

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    Amber Schneider Teacher
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    Amber Schneider Teacher

    Amber is currently going into Sonography Ultrasound. She loves spending time her family and friends. She coaches 8th grade volleyball at Lowell Middle School. She also loves spending time with the kids at Goldfish Swim School.

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    Annie Milschewski Teacher
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    Annie Milschewski Teacher

    Annie have been teaching swim lessons for 5 years. She is currently go to Grand Valley State. Annie is originally from Chicago!! Her favorite stroke is butterfly.

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    Ashare McSwain Teacher
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    Ashare McSwain Teacher

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    Brie Ricketts Teacher
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    Brie Ricketts Teacher

    Brie has lived in Michigan all of her life except for the first two years, as she was born in England. She has been swimming since she was 10 years old and has always loved distance freestyle. She is currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University and is studying to become a high school English teacher.

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    Dakota Noble Teacher
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    Dakota Noble Teacher

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    Greg Metzner Teacher
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    Greg Metzner Teacher

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    Kenzie Scott Teacher
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    Kenzie Scott Teacher

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    Maya Retan Teacher
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    Maya Retan Teacher

    Maya is a graduate of Forest Hills Eastern high school. She currently is enrolled at GRCC and would like to attend Michigan State University to study oncology and spanish. She was on her high school swim, water polo and tennis teams.

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    Scott Showers Teacher
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    Scott Showers Teacher

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    Summer Hyde Teacher
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    Summer Hyde Teacher

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    Taylor Cross Teacher
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    Taylor Cross Teacher

    Taylor is attending school for veterinary technology. She loves her two dogs and two cats! Taylor also love water sports like tubing, wake boarding, skiing, and kayaking. She grew up on her family’s farm and can milk a cow or goat.

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    Abigail Stritzinger Lifeguard
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    Abigail Stritzinger Lifeguard

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    Alyrica Diffenderfer Lifeguard
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    Alyrica Diffenderfer Lifeguard

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    Emma Pohlad Lifeguard
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    Emma Pohlad Lifeguard

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    Jordan Royce Lifeguard
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    Jordan Royce Lifeguard

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    Kaitlin Weaver Lifeguard
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    Kaitlin Weaver Lifeguard

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    Katie Ford Lifeguard
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    Katie Ford Lifeguard

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    Kyle Faulds Lifeguard
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    Kyle Faulds Lifeguard

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    Mackenzie Kowalewicz Lifeguard
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    Mackenzie Kowalewicz Lifeguard

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    Rachel LeRoy Lifeguard
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    Rachel LeRoy Lifeguard

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    Clarissa Howell Front Desk Representative
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    Clarissa Howell Front Desk Representative

    Clarissa love to swim with her son at Goldfish. She graduated from the University of Michigan. Clarissa favorite color is sea foam green and she love bearded dragons. Clarissa has a cat named Acorn and one named Squash.

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