Our Team

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    JJ & Joette Dalton Owner
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    JJ & Joette Dalton Owner

    Aloha! We are JJ and Joette Dalton, owners and operators of Goldfish Swim School – Redmond Town Center. We are native Midwesterners and moved to Redmond in 2017 with one goal in mind – to provide water safety skills to Seattle area kiddos. While living in Chicago in 2011, JJ and I decided we wanted to work together in a meaningful way - making a difference and changing lives. In 2013 we had our first baby, and it was clear our future would focus on improving the lives of children. After hearing of a few close calls with friends’ kiddos in the water and discovering the shocking statistics about children and water safety, we were led to Goldfish Swim School. The Science of Swim Play® struck a personal chord with us and we “DOVE” in at the chance of being part of this family and it’s passion to save lives. We have two awesome girls, Maya & Maisy, who we love spending every minute with. Their favorite thing is snow, and their favorite activity is swimming! We are all super excited to bring the Goldfish curriculum to Seattle families! Joette is a marketing graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and JJ received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. We both swam on swim teams growing up, and JJ is a certified Ellis Lifeguard. jj.dalton@goldfishss.com joette.dalton@goldfishss.com

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    Sara Assistant General Manager
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    Sara Assistant General Manager

    Aloha! I am Sara the Assistant General Manager at Goldfish Swim School | Redmond. My favorite color is pink which also so happens to be my favorite flavor of ice cream. Yes, pink can be a flavor, but it is more generally known as strawberry or cherry. Also, I graduated from Washington State University, so obligatory GO COUGS!

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    Maddie Sales and Service Manager
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    Maddie Sales and Service Manager

    Hi! I'm Maddie! I was born and raised in Kirkland in a family with 5 kids. My favorite things to do outside of work are going to concerts, photography, and travel!

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    Alex S Deck Supervisor
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    Alex S Deck Supervisor

    Hi there! I started teaching swim lessons at the YMCA over 5 years ago. I’ve been in aquatics for 3 years and love working with kids! Watching kids learn a life-saving skill is one of the most rewarding perks of being a swim instructor. The coolest thing about working here – I get to have fun at work! I love music, food, games, and traveling. I have tons of stories to share! I’ve been to Belize to serve two orphanages with my church. I worked with kiddos in need of love and support.

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    Alex B Swim Instructor
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    Alex B Swim Instructor

    I was born in California where I swam on a swim team for seven years. When not swimming, I enjoy drawing, backing, and watching cartoons with my cat.

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    Anika G Swim Instructor
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    Anika G Swim Instructor

    Hi! I’m Anika and I am going to be a senior at STEM high! I love swimming and working with kids. In my free time, I love to play the piano and guitar and go to concerts!

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    Anna Swim Instructor
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    Anna Swim Instructor

    Hi, my name is Anna! I have lived in Redmond my whole life. I play softball and my favorite things outside of work are traveling and dogs!! I love teaching kiddos how to swim :)

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    Cassidy Swim Instructor
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    Cassidy Swim Instructor

    Hi, my name is Cassidy! I like the ocean and cats!

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    Jackson Swim Instructor
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    Jackson Swim Instructor

    It’s me, Jackson! I? have a big sweet tooth for chocolate chip cookies! My favorite things to do outside of work are rock climb, backpack, hike, and anything that involves the water!

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    Jaqui Swim Instructor
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    Jaqui Swim Instructor

    It’s me, Jaqui! I have a big sweet tooth for chocolate chip cookies and Doritos! I am always the loudest and most joyful in the pool so I hope all my fishes will join all the fun...don't forget your smile and big splashes!!

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    Jenna Swim Instructor
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    Jenna Swim Instructor

    Hey! I coached gymnastics and go to Woodinville High School and Cascadia College!

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    Joey Swim Instructor
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    Joey Swim Instructor

    Hi there! I go to Lake Washington High School. I love to wrestle, train, and I do musical theatre on the side. I’m trained in CPR, and have volunteered at several kids camps. In my free time, I play video games, such as Fortnite, and I like to drive and work on cars.

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    John Swim Instructor
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    John Swim Instructor

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    Katey Swim Instructor
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    Katey Swim Instructor

    My name is Katey, and I love milk chocolate, iced tea & coffee, and I love being with kids! My hobbies include reading psychology books, painting and becoming a blanket mountain. If you need someone to watch Disney movies with or a Ghibli marathon – I’m your gal! I have a little brother who is super excited to take lessons at Goldfish!

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    Kelsey Swim Instructor
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    Kelsey Swim Instructor

    Hi! My name is Kelsey and I am going into my junior year of college! My passions are singing and musical theatre. I’m an auntie of 5 kiddos ranging from age 1 – 7! I love spending time with kids!

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    Kennedy Swim Instructor
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    Kennedy Swim Instructor

    Hi friends! My name is Kennedy. I grew up on the beach in Florida and I was on a swim team for about six years. My parents could never get me out of the pool so they called me their “water baby.” My favorite colors are blue & yellow because they are such happy colors! I’m so excited to meet you!

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    Lisa Swim Instructor
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    Lisa Swim Instructor

    I have been a stay-at-home mom for the last 20 years and I’m excited to be joining the Goldfish family! I love to swim and currently swim with US Masters Swimming. My favorite stroke is the breaststroke and I have competed at USMS nationals in 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke!

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    Malikai Swim Instructor
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    Malikai Swim Instructor

    Hi, my name is Malikai! I go to Bright Onto Academy and I love learning new things.

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    Maria Swim Instructor
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    Maria Swim Instructor

    Hi! My name is Maria! I’ve lived in Redmond my whole life and I’m a senior in high school! I love animals and reading. My favorite food is strawberries. I’ve also danced ballet for 9 years!

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    Matt G Swim Instructor
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    Matt G Swim Instructor

    Hello! I’m working on my private pilot’s license, my plan is to eventually become a commercial airline pilot! I sing in “Revelation Choir,” play football, basketball, and baseball. My favorite color is purple and my favorite food is pasta. I enjoy being silly and using silly words, and I think Fortnite dances are fun!

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    Nick Swim Instructor
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    Nick Swim Instructor

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    Nima Swim Instructor
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    Nima Swim Instructor

    Aloha! My name is Nima! I am 17 and love soccer, hanging out with my friends, and video games. I can speak Persian fluently and I enjoy teaching kids!

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    Rahul Swim Instructor
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    Rahul Swim Instructor

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    Reeteka Swim Instructor
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    Reeteka Swim Instructor

    My name is Reeteka and I am a senior at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond. I love working with kids, and I LOVE swimming! I have taught dance and badminton, and I’m so excited to meet you all!

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    Sameera Swim Instructor
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    Sameera Swim Instructor

    Hi! My name is Sameera. I am going to be a senior this year at Tesla STEM High School. I play tennis at Eastlake High School and I teach tennis to kiddos! I was born in India and I lived in Singapore for 8 years! I love swimming and snorkeling, music, and driving. My favorite restaurant is Dough Zone and I love Italian food (pizza)! I enjoy spending time with kids and I’m looking forward to meeting you!

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    Spursh Swim Instructor
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    Spursh Swim Instructor

    Hi! I’m Spursh! I am going to be a senior at Redmond High School. I love pets and kiddos! I love going to the lake and swimming with my friends. I was born in Texas and moved to Washington when I was 5 years old.

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    Timofey Swim Instructor
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    Timofey Swim Instructor

    Hello! My name is Timofey! I love going on the beach and going on long hikes!

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    Adi Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Adi Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hello, my name is Adi! I’m a senior at Overlake High School. I swim competitively and have taught lessons at the Redmond Pool. I love working with kids, and I love to swim! I like playing video games and my favorite food is Ramen Noodles.

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    Anika Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Anika Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hi! My name is Anika and I am a lifeguard and swim teacher here at Goldfish! I’ve been swimming competitively for 4 years and I only really learned how to swim when I was 12. Before that I did ballet for 11 years. I am a senior at International Community School and in college I want to study criminal justice or political science. I love swimming! Outside of swimming and school I like to play with my dog and hanging out with my friends!

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    Claudine Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Claudine Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hi my name is Claudine! Some of my hobbies are reading and playing the violin. I’m in both school orchestra and B.Y.S.O. My school orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City! I’m also on my school’s swim team.

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    Ellie Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ellie Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hiya! My name is Ellie! I am dedicated to making every task in life fun and I have a goofy sense of humor and award-winning smile (it truly does twinkle)! I am an experienced swim instructor and love discovering how every kiddo learns, have fun, and make swim lessons a blast! Hopefully, by the end of a lesson, my kiddos don’t realize how much they’ve learned, they remember how much fun they had!

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    Kyle Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Kyle Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    A fun fact about me – I am a video game enthusiast! My favorite food is pizza and my favorite sports team in the Toronto Raptors! My favorite place I’ve visited is the Pend Oreille in northern Idaho. One of my hobbies is playing badminton. I’m great with kiddos and I experience in learning to adapt to children’s needs.

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    Lea Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Lea Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hi, my name is Lea and I am a swim instructor at Goldfish Swim School! I love to run in my free time and I run for my high school. I love arts and crafts, drawing, and painting. I am a dancer, more specifically a ballerina! I love eating ice cream, tacos, and chocolate milk! I have two younger brothers, so I love working with children!

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    Matthew M Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Matthew M Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hey! I’m Matthew M. and I go to Redmond High School. I am the captain of the RHS soccer team and I love to be outdoors! I moved to Redmond 3 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah. I love to hang out with my friends, play soccer, and travel. My favorite place I’ve traveled is Prague, Czechoslovakia.

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    Parth Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Parth Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hi! My name is Parth. I am a senior at Redmond High School. I play football and water polo for team USA and have been swimming all my life. I love kids and have taught kiddos of all ages to swim.

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    Ruby Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ruby Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hi! My name is Ruby and I absolutely love spending time with kiddos! In my free time, I like to listen to music, go on boats, and spend time with friends and family. My favorite thing to eat is cereal! I have lived in Woodinville my whole life and currently attend Woodinville High School. Fun fact – I have double-jointed fingers! I’m also the baby of my family, I have an older brother and sister.

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    Shaya Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Shaya Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Aloha! My name is Shaya. I love swimming and playing soccer! I enjoy paddleboarding in the lakes around my neighborhood. My favorite food is teriyaki! I look forward to our swim lessons together!

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    Iris Front Desk Representative
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    Iris Front Desk Representative

    Hi! I'm Iris! Originally from Elk Grove, California. I moved to Seattle after completing my bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, where I also played volleyball. This fall I will be attending Antioch University for a MA in Couple and Family Therapy. Some activities I like to do outside of work and school are hiking, hanging out with friends, and trying new restaurants. Recommendations welcome!

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    Sandra Front Desk Representative
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    Sandra Front Desk Representative

    Hello my name is Sandra, and I enjoy moonlight strolls on the beach, red roses by the armful, and flash mobs. Just kidding! Who has time for all that? Not me I have an Aztec tribe of 6 kiddos and stay busy being a mom - LOL (except the flash mobs). I don’t have time for the moonlight strolls, but more seriously I love kiddos and I can be easy going when I need to be. We are a military family and love the water!