Our Team

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    Mr. Alex Schuchardt Owner
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    Mr. Alex Schuchardt Owner

    Mr. Alex is one of the owners of Goldfish Swim School Park Ridge with his wife Dana Schuchardt. Mr. Alex has a passion of helping others and making sure we strive as a team to give you the Golden experience. Mr. Alex joined the team a year ago and has been an amazing partner to work with. The Schuchardt's also had a blessing added to their lives with welcoming a baby girl (Weston) this year! Mr. Alex and Ms. Dana are so excited on opening a second Goldfish Swim School in Arizona, where they have moved to last year.

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    Ms. Dana Schuchardt Owner
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    Ms. Dana Schuchardt Owner

    Dana could not have been more excited about opening Goldfish Swim School - Park Ridge! As a lover of the water and a lifelong swimmer, she feels it is important for other children to learn this essential life skill, AND to have fun while doing it! Dana grew up in Birmingham, MI where she was first introduced to swimming at age 4. Her love for the sport developed quickly and continued on throughout college, where she was an NCAA All-American and the 2011 captain of the University of Arizona swim team. After college, Dana relocated to California following a marketing career in the wine business. In 2016, she was ready to get back to her roots and pursue new and exciting opportunities. As the Owner and General Manager of Goldfish Swim School – Park Ridge, Dana has the chance to combine her passion for swimming and children, with her background in Business Marketing and Brand Management. She is looking forward to welcoming you and your little ones to the Goldfish family this up-coming year! Swimming-Related Accomplishments: 16-time High School Swimming State Champion, NCAA National Champion – University of Arizona, 2008, 2-time NCAA All-American, University of Arizona Swim Team Captain, 2011, 4-time Pac12 Conference All-Academic, 2-time Olympic Trial Qualifier, 2004, 2008, Olympic Trial 17th Place Finisher, 100 Butterfly, 2008

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    Ms. Megan Sklade General Manager
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    Ms. Megan Sklade General Manager

    Megan came to us from Goldfish Swim School in Arlington Heights, and we are SO lucky to have her! Megan has over 20 years of aquatic operations management experience, and was also a competitive swimmer for 12 years! She is very passionate about Goldfish and teaching children the importance of water safety. Please introduce yourself to Megan the next time you're in the facility - She cannot wait to meet all of our amazing members!!

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    Ms. Elisa Gerena Assistant General Manager
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    Ms. Elisa Gerena Assistant General Manager

    Ms. Elisa has been with the company since we started. She loves working with children, and has been for 16 years and counting! She's dedicated to her job and team here at Goldfish Swim School. She's been a swimmer for 20 years and is self taught! Her first time swimming she had floats on but took them off to challenge her abilities. From there she taught her self to dive to the deep end, tread, float, and everything else. She was an All conference Athlete in track all 4 years in high school and still runs on her free time when she can. She's also played Hockey, Soccer, Football, Basketball, Gymnastics and Cheerleading/Dance. Fun Facts: She's the only girl out of 3 boys and the youngest. Her family is from Puerto Rico and she hopes one day to travel there and teach kids to swim. 

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    Ms. Rachel Wolthusen Assistant General Manager
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    Ms. Rachel Wolthusen Assistant General Manager

    Ms. Rachel is a Purdue University Graduate with a degree in Public Relations and strategic Communication. She has been in aquatics for over 7 years and loves teaching both swimmers and staff. She is a big sport fan, especially the beats and Boilermakers. Ms. Rachel's favorite holiday is Halloween, where she makes a list of scary movies for the staff every October! Fun facts: She collects tropical plants, specifically Philodendrons & Pothos. Her favorite plant is named Phil! Her and her husband rescued a black lab puppy named Brutus. Who is not as big and scary as he sounds.

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    Mr. Christian M Swim Instructor
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    Mr. Christian M Swim Instructor

    Mr. Christian loves swimming competitively and just for fun. He only started swimming when he was 12 years old and very quickly grew to love the sport. Mr. Christian has been swam at multiple state level meets and a few at a national level. He taught swim lessons at his school and loved it. Swimming is the only sport he does because its what he is best at. This is why he loves to teach others how to swim. Fun fact: he was the only freshman at his school to make the varsity team, also the only one to make it to sectionals. His first state championship events were the 200 fly and 100 free style. Which are his two best races.

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    Mr. Michael L Swim Instructor
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    Mr. Michael L Swim Instructor

    Mr. Michael is a competitive diver! He started 7 years ago, teaching him self to do all kinds of flips and tricks. Now he dives competitively and it has been super fun! Mr. Michael's favorite dive to compete is a 104c, double front flip tuck. He loves teaching and swimming because their both his passion. Fun Facts: He has two female cats, Bella and Domino. He's played travel baseball for 9 years!

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    Mr. Will H Swim Instructor
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    Mr. Will H Swim Instructor

    Mr. Will is a varsity cross country and track runner. He has a sister that he loves spending time with. He's a big sports guy and loves watching it on tv. Mr. Will also enjoys spending time with children because its one of his specialties on how well he interacts with them. He's very excited to work at goldfish and teach you how to swim! Fun facts: He has played 7 sports in his life. Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Football, Track, Cross country, and Volleyball. He use to be deathly afraid of the water, now he enjoys it a lot.

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    Ms. Emily W Swim Instructor
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    Ms. Emily W Swim Instructor

    Ms. Emily is so excited to swim with you all! She loves music and performing. She plays the violin and has been for 10 years, and singing for 5 years. She's also acts and has been for 4 years now! Her favorite genre of music is Rock. Fun facts: She writes original songs on the ukulele. She can speak English, Polish, and some French.

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    Ms. Kylie F Swim Instructor
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    Ms. Kylie F Swim Instructor

    Ms. Kylie has been on a swim team for her high school for 2 years now. She's been swimming since she was a toddler. She used to babysit before working here so, working with kids is no problem for her. She loves working with kids of all ages! Swimming is her main sport but she also enjoys boxing. Fun Facts: Her favorite color is pink. Her siblings are the first generation Americans, the rest of her family is in Ireland!

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    Ms. Leah C Swim Instructor
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    Ms. Leah C Swim Instructor

    Ms. Leah has been on a local swim team for 5 years. She likes art and painting as well! Ms. Leah like finding creative ways to make people laugh. Fun Facts: Ms. Leah played water polo for 3 years. She use to play Soccer, Softball and cheerleading!

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    Ms. Maeve M Swim Instructor
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    Ms. Maeve M Swim Instructor

    Ms. Maeve played lacrosse every year in high school and loved it. Her favorite place to visit for vacation is Arizona, where her family and her go often. She enjoys hiking in Arizona and being outdoors exploring. She loves all types of animals, especially dogs and cats. Ms. Maeve plans to have a bunch of animals when she gets older, and she currently has a dog and cat. Fun facts: She plans to go to Law School after college to a lawyer one day. Ms. Maeve comes from a big family with 3 other siblings and she's going to be an aunt in spring 2021! Congratulations!

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    Ms. Sam H Swim Instructor
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    Ms. Sam H Swim Instructor

    Ms. Sam loves swimming! She's swam competitively for almost 12 years! She loves to draw, paint and play softball. She would love to teach special education when she's older. Fun facts: She is of the 2% of the population with green eyes with yellow in them! She also loves to play video games.

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    Ms. Syndey S Swim Instructor
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    Ms. Syndey S Swim Instructor

    Ms. Sydney has been a competitive  swimmer since she was 10 years old. She loves swimming butterfly, but she is better at the freestyle. However, when she is not in the pool, she often hikes or goes on runs. Exercising is always the cure to a bad day for her she says, especially swimming! Fun Facts: She was the captain of her swim team in high school. She can play two instruments, the alto saxophone and the oboe.

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    Mr. Chris A Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Mr. Chris A Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Mr. Chris Loves to teach and be in the pool. Swimming is one of his favorite hobbies to do on his free time. His one important thing to him is his family, because they're always looking out for you. Making sure you become a good person and treat others well. He says he's pretty funny and absolutely can not handle puns, too funny for him. Fun facts: He loves Dogs! He has a Beagle Rat-terrier mix named Cookie, she is his world. He's been playing Piano for almost 11 years now and can say he's pretty good at it. He also plays the Guitar for 2 years now, says he's pretty bad at that one!

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    Mr. Harrison B Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Mr. Harrison B Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Mr. Harrison learned how to swim at a very young age, he started competitively swimming when he was 9. Although theatre is currently his main pursuit, he still loves the sport. It brings him so much joy to be able to introduce children to swimming, showing them that its fun. Fun fact: He's  been an assistant coach for a local competitive team. He's favorite hobby is golfing, because of the quiet, calm and relaxing atmosphere.

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    Mr. Jimmy M Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Mr. Jimmy M Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Mr. Jimmy is a life long swimmer, he's been swimming since the 2nd grade. He's been developing the 4 swim strokes with his high level coach for years. He is very excited to teach swimmers and pass on what he has been taught. Fun facts: He is a water polo player. He has a passion for teaching kids to swim. 

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    Ms. Grace C Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ms. Grace C Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Miss Grace loves to plays lacrosse, and walk her two dogs Riley and scrappy. Her favorite vacation spots are Michigan, where she water skis on the lake. Her favorite time of the year is summer because of the long days and warm weather. Fun facts are: Favorite movie is Mama Mia and favorite candy is Airhead xtremes!

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    Ms. Grace G Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ms. Grace G Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Grace enjoys being with friends and family. She loves to work with kids and see their improvements while swimming at Goldfish Swim School. She is very competitive, since she grew up with 3 older brothers. Ms. Grace's goal is to help the kids improve and gain confidence in the water as fast as possible. Fun facts: She loves animals! She has 2 dogs and 2 cats. Her favorite ice cream is Vanilla.

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    Ms. Keira M Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ms. Keira M Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Keira is a swimmer on a local team and is looking forward to teaching your children all of the tips and tricks she has learned over the years. She enjoys teaching new skills and takes great pride in making sure children gain confidence and proficiency in swimming. Fun facts: Over the years she tried everything from yoga, tae kwon do, dance, swimming, and gymnastics to swimming. In her spare time, she loves to cook and create art.

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    Ms. Maddi A Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ms. Maddi A Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Ms. Maddi has been with goldfish for over a year now and loves it. Her favorite swim stroke to teach is the dolphin. She has 3 younger siblings that she has helped teach to swim as well. From there that inspired her to become a teacher at Goldfish Swim School. She also enjoys playing tennis for her high school. Fun facts: She has a dog named Elle and a hamsters named Frankie. She enjoys to water ski as well in the summer.

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    Ms. Alejandra C Front Desk Representative
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    Ms. Alejandra C Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Alejandra was raised on the north side of Chicago. She loves working out , ever since she was 13 years old. She has 9 years of customer service experiences and loves to help people in anyway she can. Fun facts: Ms. Alejandra has always wanted to be a professional dancer. Skin care is her passion and she's working toward being an esthetician.

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    Ms. Emily V Front Desk Representative
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    Ms. Emily V Front Desk Representative

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    Ms. Jessica R Front Desk Representative
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    Ms. Jessica R Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Jessica is the middle child of 3.  She loves spending time with friends and family. She is currently studying Psychology at Northeastern. She hopes one day to be a Family Psychologist. Fun Facts: She has a dog named Nena that she had since 4th grade. Her favorite ice cream is Vanilla chocolate chip.

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    Ms. Sydney D Front Desk Representative
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    Ms. Sydney D Front Desk Representative

    Miss Sydney has been working with Children all her life. She is the oldest sibling out of 4 kids. She loves working here with all the kids that attend Goldfish. Its a delight she said. She currently is studying occupational therapy at Triton college, she plans on switching to Elmhurst University to pursue a bachelors & Master degree. Fun facts: she has been a cheerleader, dancer, and figure skater for 19 years. She has 3 dogs named holly, Millie, and Bailey!

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    Mr. Manny R Deck Supervisor
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    Mr. Manny R Deck Supervisor

    Mr. Manny is all about making swimmers bring out their full potential! He wants to help children overcome their fear of water. He wants to make sure the safety of all children come first while in lessons and outside of lessons. He is also our Swim Force Teacher! Fun Facts: Swimmer for 8 years and water polo for 6. He would like to be a coach in the future for both swimming and water polo.

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    Ms. Cecelia L Deck Supervisor
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    Ms. Cecelia L Deck Supervisor

    Ms. Cece enjoys running, so much that she is on the cross country team at her high school. She's been on the team for 4 years now! She is the oldest of 3 siblings. Ms. Cece enjoys netting and drawing. She would like to be a Physician's Assistant in the future. Her favorite subject in school is robotics.

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    Ms. Lilli M Deck Supervisor
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    Ms. Lilli M Deck Supervisor

    Ms. Lili Swam at her high school's swim team for 3 years and loves it. In her free time she likes to hangout with her friends and family. Ms. Lili also takes a photo class and takes photos on her spare time. Fun fact: She has 4 cats! Their names are Singapore, skittles, Bazzi and Lilo. She has been to China, Thailand and Singapore in one summer and it was amazing.

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    Ms. Nicole W Deck Supervisor
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    Ms. Nicole W Deck Supervisor

    Ms. Nicole has been playing volleyball for 8 years now. She played both club and high school volleyball. She also plays Soccer and Basketball! She's been the guard of the month at our facility for the impressive work she has done so far. Fun facts: She has 2 dogs, Moose and Kaiya. She has also been awarded MVP before for volleyball.

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    Ms. Andrea D Lifeguard
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    Ms. Andrea D Lifeguard

    Ms.Andrea has been a lifeguard for 4 years and counting. She's very active and funny. She wants to make sure the lids are learning but also having a lot of fun. She likes to travel and play sports! Fun Facts: She was the only girl on her high school wrestling team. She has been parasailing before and loved it!

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    Henry Schuchardt Trainee
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    Henry Schuchardt Trainee

    Meet Henry our unofficial mascot!

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