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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    Alex S Assistant General Manager
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    Alex S Assistant General Manager

    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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    Maddie A Assistant General Manager
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    Maddie A Assistant General 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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    Anna Deck Supervisor
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    Anna Deck Supervisor

    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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    Kate Deck Supervisor
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    Kate Deck Supervisor

    Hi! My name is Kate and I? run track and cross country at Redmond High School. A fun fact about me is that I? lived in 2 states before I? moved to Washington! I? am super excited to work with your kiddos!

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    Aaliyah Swim Instructor
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    Aaliyah Swim Instructor

    Hi! My name is Aaliyah and I'm a high school senior. I? love swimming and hope to help others enjoy swimming as well!

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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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    Amina Swim Instructor
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    Amina Swim Instructor

    Hi I’m Amina! I? love watching movies and shows, and I ?enjoy hanging out with friends and being in the water. I? go to Eastlake High School, and I? love being around kids!

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    Artemiy Swim Instructor
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    Artemiy Swim Instructor

    Hey guys! I’m Artemiy. I’m a sophomore at Redmond High School, and am on the Redmond High Swim Team. I? can’t wait to see you in the pool

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    Becca Swim Instructor
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    Becca Swim Instructor

    Hey y’all! My name’s Becca. I? love spending time with my nephew and niece. Can’t wait to spend time with all of you! :)

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    Cade Swim Instructor
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    Cade Swim Instructor

    Hello, my name is Cade! I’m a senior in high school and grew up in Redmond. My favorite food is watermelon. Outside of Work, I love cars, motorcycles, and hiking!

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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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    Danial Swim Instructor
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    Danial Swim Instructor

    Hi! I’m Danial! I’ve lived in Redmond all my life and I’m a senior in high school. I? love cars and computers! I? plan on pursuing my education in computer science in the coming years!

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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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    Katie Swim Instructor
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    Katie Swim Instructor

    I’m Katie! I am a senior at Lake Washington High School. I have grown up loving the pool and I look forward to sharing that joy with students here! I will be attending Smith College in the fall.

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    Kristen Swim Instructor
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    Kristen Swim Instructor

    Aloha! My name is Kristen and I love to go on hikes and playing basketball with family and friends:)

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    Peyton Swim Instructor
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    Peyton Swim Instructor

    Hey! My name's Peyton. I’m a senior at the International Community School. I do gymnastics, dive, and track. Can’t wait to swim with you! :)

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    Nima Golden Teacher
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    Nima Golden Teacher

    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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    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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    Jackson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Jackson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    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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    Jenna Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Jenna Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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

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    Joey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Joey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    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/Lifeguard
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    John Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Katey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Katey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    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/Lifeguard
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    Kelsey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    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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    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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    Maria Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Maria Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    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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    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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    Reeteka Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Reeteka Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    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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    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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    Sameera Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Sameera Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    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/Lifeguard
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    Spursh Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    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/Lifeguard
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    Timofey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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

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    Eva Front Desk Representative
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    Eva Front Desk Representative

    Aloha! My name is Eva and I am a senior in high school. I currently do full time Running Start at Bellevue College and I have lived in Redmond for four years! I love children and I am a tutor as well for my other job. I love to travel to many different countries, and I love to watch movies. I speak 2 languages and I love animals!

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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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