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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    Ashley Angel Assistant General Manager
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    Ashley Angel Assistant General Manager

    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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    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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    Miranda Deck Supervisor
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    Miranda Deck Supervisor

    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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    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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    Aaron Swim Instructor
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    Aaron Swim Instructor

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    Elsa Swim Instructor
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    Elsa Swim Instructor

    Hometown: Marine, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Sea otter back floats or Superman glides Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: Getting to help kids be comfortable and safe in the water Favorite Food: Spaghetti Favorite Thing To Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Be with friends outside. Fun Fact About Me: I learned how to alpine ski when I was 3 years old.

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    Faith Swim Instructor
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    Faith Swim Instructor

    Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Kicks and pulls because kids seem to have the most fun with that one and they laugh the most. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: The environment. Favorite Food: Pizza. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Be outdoors. Fun Fact About Me: I played rugby.

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    Jaelyn Swim Instructor
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    Jaelyn Swim Instructor

    Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Freestyle because you can watch kids be able to swim on their own Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: Watching the kids grow Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hang out with friends Fun Fact About Me: I like to travel

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    Kaylee Swim Instructor
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    Kaylee Swim Instructor

    Hometown: Anoka, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Treading water but also the streamline glide because it’s some of the basics you need to know that makes swimming easier! Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: Everyone is close and it’s a good environment to be around and we all have a good time. Favorite Food: Ice cream especially on a hot summer day. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hang out with my friends and focusing on school as one of my top priorities. Fun Fact About Me: I have been a princess/queen for Oakdale Summerfest royalty for 8 years and on Tartan's dance team for 5 years.

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    Mila Swim Instructor
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    Mila Swim Instructor

    Hometown: Woodbury, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Butterfly kicks because they’re so much fun and you use it a lot. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: It’s so fun and rewarding to work with young kids. Favorite Food: Wings Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Painting or reading. Fun Fact About Me: I’m really good at 1000 piece puzzles.

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    Nate Swim Instructor
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    Nate Swim Instructor

    Hometown: Stillwater, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Backstroke because I am a backstroker on my swim team Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: The kids are so happy Favorite Food: Any pasta and French toast Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Watch Netflix, or go to my cabin Fun Fact About Me: I laugh in bad situations

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    Abdul Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Abdul Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Maplewood. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Sea otter back float, because it allows kids to learn how to breathe in case of emergencies. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: I get to meet new faces every day and get to build a trust bond with kids! Favorite Food: T-bone steak with mashed potatoes. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Game on my PC or hang out with friends and socialize. Fun Fact About Me: I'm not shy I love to talk to people. I also speak Arabic.

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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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    Ashley B Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ashley B Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    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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    Elliana Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Elliana Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Stillwater, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Freestyle because it was my stroke when I was on my high school swim team. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: Being able to teach kids, one of my favorite things to do. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: I love dancing and singing. Fun Fact About Me: I love makeup and want to be a makeup artist with my own line of cosmetics.

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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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    Isabelle Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Isabelle Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Stillwater Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Sea otter back float, because it is a good skill to know how to do. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: The people I work with and the kids are so much fun to teach. Favorite Food: Cream cheese wontons. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Hang out with friends. Fun Fact About Me: I play volleyball for Stillwater!

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    Jadann Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Jadann Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: Butterfly Favorite Thing About Working At Goldfish: Seeing my students progress and making new memories. Favorite Food: Chinese food. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Watch movies. Fun Fact About Me: I speak Spanish.

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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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    Tam Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Tam Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hometown: International Falls, Minn. Favorite Swim Skill to Teach: The butterfly. I have a aptitude for the stroke, and I love breaking down the complexity of it. Favorite Thing About Working at Goldfish: Opening the door to the facility and feeling the positivity. I love all the components that go into having a positive experience in and around the water. Favorite Food: Seafood. Favorite Thing to Do When I'm Not at Goldfish: Wakeboard and all things involving the lake. Fun Fact About Me: I used to have a pet turtle when I was little that I would try to take on walks outside.

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    Brandon Front Desk Representative
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    Brandon Front Desk Representative

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    Kristin Front Desk Representative
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    Kristin Front Desk Representative

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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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