Our Team

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    Melissa Sewick General Manager
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    Melissa Sewick General Manager

    Melissa joined the Goldfish Swim School leadership team in May 2017. She is a graduate of Stillwater High School and currently lives in Woodbury with her husband and two children. Following a 10-year career in collegiate athletics as an assistant commissioner for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, she is using her Sports Marketing, Fitness Management, and Coaching degrees to set the pace here at Goldfish Swim School. She played basketball for Stillwater and Northern State University and coached high school basketball after college. Coaching, teaching and developing are passions of Melissa. Melissa is dedicated to developing confidence in children and helping them on their path to being future leaders.

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    Abby Thompson Assistant General Manager
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    Abby Thompson Assistant General Manager

    Abby joined the Goldfish Swim School Oakdale team in October of 2017. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, majoring in Business Management. She was a varsity swimmer in high school and brings that dedicated spirit to our leadership team. Prior to joining Goldfish Swim School, Abby held positions in retail management in the bridal industry. In addition to leading our Front Desk team and engaging our membership, Abby has a passion for teaching swimming lessons.

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    Nan Drews Assistant General Manager
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    Nan Drews Assistant General Manager

    Nan joined the Goldfish Swim School Oakdale leadership team in September 2018. After more than 20 years in corporate marketing and communications, she's happy to have found a role that combines her skills and experience with her lifelong passion for water safety and fitness. Nan graduated from North St. Paul High School and the University of Minnesota - Duluth, and lives in Stillwater with her husband and teenage sons.

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    Erick Braaten Pool Operations Manager
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    Erick Braaten Pool Operations Manager

    Erick joined the Goldfish Swim School Oakdale team July 2018 as a swim instructor and front desk representative, and soon after took on the additional role of deck supervisor. In March 2019 he was named Pool Operations Manager. A high school football, wrestling, and track athlete in his hometown of East Bethel, Minn, Erick also attended Mankato State University. When he's not at work, Erick likes to snowboard, cook, and work on his '88 Jeep Comanche. His favorite food is a bacon cheeseburger, and his favorite skill to teach is the freestyle.

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    Bridget Deck Supervisor
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    Bridget Deck Supervisor

    Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Pulling paddles. Love seeing juniors swim to the island by themselves. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Watching children progress in the water. Favorite Food: Bacon cheeseburgers. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Boating on the St Croix with friends and family. Fun Fact About Me: I'm in college going for dental hygiene.

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    LeeRoy Deck Supervisor
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    LeeRoy Deck Supervisor

    Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: The flipturn because its exciting and is a challenge to learn but great once you've gotten it down. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: Getting kids to swim by themselves for the first time, and the staff is like family. Favorite Food: All the seafood in the world. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hang out with Miss Miranda and play with my puppy. Fun Fact About Me: I've played basketball since I was in third grade and since finishing my last surgery have been training to try and play in college.

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    Sara Deck Supervisor
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    Sara Deck Supervisor

    Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Pulling paddles because at this point a lot of my swimmers learn how to swim independently and watching them finally be able to swim by themselves is a huge accomplishment for both myself and them. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Knowing that each and every one of us are making a difference in a child’s life, by teaching them water safety skills and watching each swimmers confidence grow in each lesson here at Goldfish! Favorite Food: Chipotle. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Experience new things. Whether it is traveling, trying new foods, experiencing other cultures, getting to go to new places within Minnesota, or creating some long lasting memories I have always been really intrigued to try new things. Fun Fact About Me: I love hugs!

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    Anna Swim Instructor
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    Anna Swim Instructor

    Hometown: Woodbury, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Sea Otter Back float. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: Seeing the students improve their swimming while having fun. Favorite Food: Ice Cream. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Play hockey and hang out with friends. Fun Fact About Me: I started skating when I was 3.

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    Ashley B Swim Instructor
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    Ashley B Swim Instructor

    Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Butterfly because it makes me feel like I’m flying through the water and watching someone a accomplish this skill bring a smile to my face. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Watching kids progress into different levels and teaching them different learn new skills. Favorite Food: Chinese food. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hang out with friends and complete my courses for medical school. Fun Fact About Me: I was a swimmer and diver for Tartan high school for 6 years.

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    Abolaji Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Abolaji Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Maplewood, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Flip turns because they're the most fun Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: My coworkers Favorite Food: Tacos Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Play soccer with friends Fun Fact About Me: I like to rock climb

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    Ana Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ana Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Favorite Food: Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Fun Fact About Me:

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    Ashley A Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ashley A Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Taylors Falls, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: I love teaching wall safety because I know I’m giving the kids the skills they need in case of an accident. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: The atmosphere. Everyone is always friendly and the kids are great. Favorite Food: Ice cream! Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hanging out with my dogs and horses. Fun Fact About Me: I teach kids with disabilities how to ride horses.

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    Dustin Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Dustin Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Maplewood, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Backstroke because it is a easy swim skill to learn and not the much effort. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Making kids laugh and making sure they enjoy their swim lessons. Favorite Food: Tamales. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Go on very long bike rides or anything that involves outdoors. Fun Fact About Me: I’m really good at building things, especially 3D things on the computer.

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    Eian Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Eian Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Saint Paul, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: All the Pro 1 level skills because they are fun to me. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: I like teaching people new things. Favorite Food: Pizza. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hang out with friends. Fun Fact About Me: I like to skateboard and bike.

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    Ilena Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ilena Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Backstroke; because it’s relaxing and you can breathe. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: The kids. Favorite Food: Sushi. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hang out with my dogs. Fun Fact About Me: I can play 5+ instruments.

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    Jadann Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Jadann Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Favorite Food: Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Fun Fact About Me:

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    Jazlynn Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Jazlynn Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Backstroke because it's fun and relaxing. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: How amazing and kind all my coworkers are. Favorite Food: Spaghetti. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hang out with my puppies. Fun Fact About Me: I've been to 9 different countries.

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    Jordan Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Jordan Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Back float, because I love singing to the kids and having them look for something fun on the ceiling! Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Being able to work with kids and teaching them a life saving skill Favorite Food: Tacos! Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hang out with family and friends Fun Fact About Me: I am a theatre nerd! I love doing theatre, dancing and singing

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    Katelyn Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Katelyn Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Woodbury, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Superman glides because the students love it. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: Seeing students progress while making relationships with them. Favorite Food: Sandwiches. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Go to beaches. Fun Fact About Me: I was born on the Fourth of July.

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    Kjersten Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Kjersten Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: The freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke. Because I’ve been a competitive swimmer my whole life and seeing kids pick up the stroke rhythm after they’ve been working so hard is so awesome! Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: I love that the team is like family! Favorite Food: Sushi Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: I love to hang out with friends but I mostly love being with family! Fun Fact About Me: I’ve been a competitive swimmer since I was 6 but In lessons since I was a baby. My favorite event is the 500 freestyle!

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    Mary Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Mary Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Woodbury, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Butterfly because I’m a butterflier and love seeing kids learn skills to swim competitively! Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Being able to change a child’s life by teaching them swimming Favorite Food: Popcorn Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Read or hang out with friends Fun Fact About Me: I’ve been swimming competitively for almost 7 years!

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    Mercedes Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Mercedes Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Woodbury, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Butterfly because it is so cool to see the kids work so hard on it week after week and to improve. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Getting to know my students and their families. I love making connections and relationships with not only the students but also the staff and hopefully leaving all my kids with a positive impact and confidence in the water! Favorite Food: Rice and tacos Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Spending time with my family & making/working on music with my choir at school. Fun Fact About Me: I’ve been in choir for 7 years!

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    Miranda Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Miranda Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Maplewood, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Dolphin kicking because kids can pretend they are mermaids and mermen. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: I like to see how proud the kids are of themselves when they learn a new skill or move up a level. Favorite Food: My mom's chicken wild rice soup! Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Go to dinner with my family or friends. Fun Fact About Me: My favorite summer hobby is paddle boarding.

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    Tay Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Tay Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Saint Paul, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: The rollover because it is so important and so hard to get down, so when it is mastered I am the proudest. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Seeing and talking to all the children. Favorite Food: Tacos! Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Reading or working out. Fun Fact About Me: I speak two languages!

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    Kylee Front Desk Representative
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    Kylee Front Desk Representative

    Hometown: White Bear Lake, Minn. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: The positivity throughout the staff. Favorite Food: Pasta. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Going on adventures. Fun Fact About Me: I have been to 8 different countries.

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    Laura Front Desk Representative
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    Laura Front Desk Representative

    Hometown: Swansea, Wales, UK. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: I love watching kids do flip turns off the wall. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Working with Staff that care about me and my family. Favorite Food: Beans on Toast. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Road Trip! Fun Fact About Me: I spent a week interning in LA and got to work on Jay Leno’s cars while there.

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    Mike Front Desk Representative
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    Mike Front Desk Representative

    Hometown: Osseo, Wis. Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Working with awesome families. Favorite Food: Lasagna. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Play basketball. Fun Fact About Me: I coach a 13U AAU basketball team for the Minnesota Thunder.

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