Our Team

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    The Bewersdorf Family Owner
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    The Bewersdorf Family Owner

    Gina, a radiologist, and Ryan, a lawyer, are former Goldfish parents and current owners of two Goldfish locations. Like most Goldfish stories this one begins in Michigan, where the Bewersdorfs currently reside, in 2009 when Gina signed their son up for swim lessons. Prior to attending Goldfish lessons, he did not want to learn how to swim and refused to participate in any of the community swim classes Gina took him to. However, when they went to Goldfish Farmington (which had just opened), he took the plunge and started splashing his way to the swimmer he is today. Their son made quick progress in the pool due to the fun atmosphere at Goldfish and the one-on-one attention he received from his instructors. Their daughter began swimming at 6 months and is now a state competitor. Seeing this transformation in her own kids Gina was inspired to learn to swim. After months of training, she was comfortable enough in the water to finish the Ironman triathlon (comprised of a 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 mile bike and full marathon) multiple times, one of the most iconic long course triathlons in the world. They just couldn’t stop there, so Gina and Ryan decided to open Goldfish Swim School - Reston in November of 2014 and Goldfish Swim School - Falls Church in September 2017. Coming soon is Goldfish Swim School - Alexandria!

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    Tommy Hamilton Regional Manager
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    Tommy Hamilton Regional Manager

    Tommy was born and raised in the great state of Michigan, so you can sure bet your two cents that he is a die hard Lions, Wings, and Tigers fan. He moved to Northern Virginia in September of 2014 to help open Goldfish Swim School-Reston. Tommy graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelors in Marketing. When he is not at Goldfish you can find him on the ice playing hockey or on the golf course working on his game. Tommy enjoys seeing the excitement on the children’s faces as they learn a life changing skill. tommy.hamilton@goldfishss.com

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    Melissa Kraus General Manager
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    Melissa Kraus General Manager

    Melissa has been with Goldfish since October 2015. She loves pink and is a #MomOfThree; she has two sons Kayden and Preston and a daughter Oakley who are all currently taking swim lesson at Goldfish Reston. Melissa grew up in Delaware at the beach and graduated with a degree in social work from East Stroudsburg University, GO WARRIORS! Ms. Melissa loves traveling but her favorite place to travel is is San Francisco, California. When Melissa is not at Goldfish you can find her eating tacos and spending time with her family. melissa.kraus@goldfishss.com

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    Annemarie R. Sales and Service Manager
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    Annemarie R. Sales and Service Manager

    Annemarie has been with Goldfish since November 2015. She has her Bachelors of Science degree from George Mason University, GO PATRIOTS! Annemarie loves dogs and cats along with the color pink. She loves anything lemon flavored and her favorite stroke is breaststroke. When Annemarie isn’t at Goldfish she is normally at home playing with her pets or volunteering at her alma mater, George Mason University. annemarie.rundlett@goldfishss.com

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    Madi Cook Pool Operations Manager
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    Madi Cook Pool Operations Manager

    Madi has been with Goldfish Reston since opening in November 2014! Madi’s favorite Disney movie is Toy Story, “To Infinity and Beyond!” She loves the color green, maybe because it’s one of the colors her favorite character Buzz Lightyear has on his suit. Ms. Madi loves eating tacos and ice cream. When Ms. Madi isn’t at Goldfish she is normally in New York watching one of her many favorite musicals. madi.cook@goldfishss.com

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    Valentina G. Safety Coordinator
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    Valentina G. Safety Coordinator

    Valentina has been working with Goldfish Since March of 2015 and is attending Northern Virginia Community College. In her free time she loves to ride her bike or run through the trails of Reston. Did you know that Valentina was born in Bolivia? Yes, and she is fluent in Spanish! Valentina’s favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid so if you catch her under the sea be sure to ask her to sing you a tune from the movie! valentina.golac@goldfishss.com

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    Aidan K. Swim Instructor
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    Aidan K. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Aidan is a student at South Lakes High School, GO SEAHAWKS! Aiden loves working with kids because he loves making them laugh and they make him laugh too! His favorite color is green and his favorite Disney movie is Finding Nemo. When Mr. Aiden isn’t at Goldfish he is playing soccer or listening to music.

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    Alex D. Swim Instructor
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    Alex D. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Alex is a Student at Northern Virginia Community College. GO NIGHTHAWKS! Alex has experience working with children as a Spanish tutor and his favorite part of teaching is being able to see his kids grow and develop their swimming capabilities. Alex is a proud Hispanic and is fluent in Spanish. His favorite color is blue and his favorite Disney movie is Mulan. When Alex isn’t at Goldfish he is normally outdoors hiking or biking.

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    Alyssa L. Swim Instructor
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    Alyssa L. Swim Instructor

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    Andrea G. Swim Instructor
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    Andrea G. Swim Instructor

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    Andrea G. Swim Instructor
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    Andrea G. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Andera is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! She loves swimming because of how relaxing it is whether she doing her sea otter back float or swimming laps Miss. Andera always feels relaxed when she is in the pool. Her other hobbies are cheer, track, choir and ROTC. Miss. Andera’s favorite color is Green and her favorite Disney movie is Finding Nemo.

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    Anna G. Swim Instructor
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    Anna G. Swim Instructor

    Ms. Anna loves the camaraderie that comes from swimming as well as how fun the sport is. She is in her Junior year of High School at South Lakes. Ms. Anna loves the color red and her favorite movie is a toss between Hercules and Beauty and the Beast. When she is swimming like a little fish, she loves to read. Next time you see Ms. Anna, remember to ask her what her favorite book is to read!

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    Arman R. Swim Instructor
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    Arman R. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Arman is a Student at George Mason University, GO PATRIOTS! He is currently studying Business Management. Arman lovings working at Goldfish because he loves helping kids learn a life changing skill. Arman’s favorite color is blue and when he is not at goldfish you can catch him at the gym, driving around in his Shelby 500, or watching one of his favorite Disney movies: Incredibles 1 and 2, all the Toy Story movies or the Lion King.

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    Caroline R. Swim Instructor
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    Caroline R. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Caroline is a student at George Mason University, GO PATRIOTS! She is currently studying to be a elementary teacher. Her favorite color is green and she loves teaching and seeing her students accomplish their goals. Miss Caroline also enjoys color guard, drawing, knitting, and traveling, and her favorite Disney movies are Mulan, Hocus Pocus and Anastasia, even if it is not Disney.

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    Chris K. Swim Instructor
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    Chris K. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Chris is a student at George Mason University, GO PATRIOTS! Where he is studying the brain. His favorite color is cyan and his favorite Disney movie is Hercules. Mr. Chris also enjoys studying squids and octopuses, exploring nature, and collecting bugs. He loves swimming because it makes him feel like a fish and it's great for exercise and motor development.

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    Claire G. Swim Instructor
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    Claire G. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Claire is a Student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! Where she is majoring in international affairs which is a good thing because Claire was not only born in Germany but she has lived in 6 different countries. Claire loves working at Goldfish because she loves working with kids and she loves swimming, it is the perfect combination! Claire's favorite colors are blue and purple. She enjoys hiking camping and dancing in her free time and her favorite movie is Spiderman.

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    Colette T. Swim Instructor
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    Colette T. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Colette is a student at Chantilly High School, GO CHARGERS! Colette loves snowboarding, rock climbing, making clothes, painting, and running. Colette loves working at Goldfish because of the welcoming and friendly environment. Her favorite color is red and her favorite Disney movie is Pocahontas. Next time you see Miss. Colette make sure to give her a big high five!

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    Elijah S. Swim Instructor
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    Elijah S. Swim Instructor

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    Emilio G. Swim Instructor
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    Emilio G. Swim Instructor

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    Erin D. Swim Instructor
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    Erin D. Swim Instructor

    Ms. Erin is new to the Goldfish family but loves working here so far! She truly enjoys teaching children how to swim and knows its a life skill that is important to teach. Ms. Erin will be a Senior this year at James Madison High. Her favorite Disney movie is Tangled and she loved the color purple. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book and catching up on her favorite TV shows. Welcome Ms. Erin to the team next time you see her!

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    Ever A. Swim Instructor
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    Ever A. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Ever is a student at Northern Virginia Community College. GO NIGHTHAWKS! His favorite colors are black and white. Mr. Ever loves working at Goldfish because, “I love helping kids learn how to swim and leave with smiling faces”. He also loves reading and playing videogames and his favorite Disney movie is Alice in Wonderland.

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    Hunter E. Swim Instructor
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    Hunter E. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Hunter is a student at South Lakes High School, GO SEAHAWKS! His favorite color is green and his favorite Disney movie is Ratatouille. He enjoys fishing, running and swimming. His favorite part of swimming is the simplicity and pureness of it.

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    Jack D. Swim Instructor
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    Jack D. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Jack is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! His favorite color is green and his favorite Disney movie is Finding Nemo. In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar and hiking. Mr. Jack loves working at Goldfish because he has a passion for teaching others important skills.

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    Jackie D. Swim Instructor
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    Jackie D. Swim Instructor

    Mrs. Jackie has a degree in elementary education from Purdue University, GO BOILERMAKERS! and is a #MomOfThree who are all pursuing their own careers. Jackie loves working at goldfish because, “I love the water, the little swimmers, and the great people I work with.” Mrs. Jackie’s favorite color is purple and she spent most of her childhood in a pool as a competitive swimmer. In her free time she enjoys singing, playing the piano, and watching her favorite Disney movie, Mary Poppins!

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    Jacquie H. Swim Instructor
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    Jacquie H. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Jacquie has been with Goldfish since July 2015. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite Disney movie is Toy Story, in the water, you might notice her “To Infinity and Beyond” tattoo on her right forearm. Jacquie loves working at Goldfish because she loves teaching and being able to share the importance of water safety. When Jacquie is not at Goldfish, which is rare, you can catch her hanging out with her friends or her younger siblings Graham and Virginia.

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    Joanne M. Swim Instructor
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    Joanne M. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Joanne is a student at Chantilly High School, GO CHARGERS! Her favorite color is navy blue and her favorite Disney movies are Mulan and Coco. She enjoys singing, drawing, and sleeping. Miss Joanne loves working at Goldfish because she loves being in the water and meeting new people.

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    Justo E. Swim Instructor
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    Justo E. Swim Instructor

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    Kati I. Swim Instructor
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    Kati I. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Kati is a student at George Mason University, GO PATRIOTS! She grew up swimming in Reston association. Miss. Kati loves working with kids and seeing them grow to love swimming as much as she does. She loves swimming, shopping, and watching broadway shows and movies. Ms Kati’s favorite Disney movie is Mary Poppins and her favorite color is purple.

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    Katie C. Swim Instructor
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    Katie C. Swim Instructor

    Ms. Katie loves working at Goldfish because she finds swimming relaxing. She is currently in her Senior Year of High School at Robinson and is actively applying to colleges. Outside of Goldfish, Ms. Katie loves babysitting and playing with her animals. Her favorite color is blue and she loves the movie Frozen. If you see her around, make sure to give her a big high five!

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    Khatib A. Swim Instructor
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    Khatib A. Swim Instructor

    Mr.Khatib is a student at George Mason University, GO PATRIOTS! His favorite color is blue and his favorite Disney movie The Incredibles. Mr. Khatib enjoys volleyball, basketball, soccer, and swimming. Khatib loves working at Goldfish because he enjoys teaching his students how to swim and do tricks in the water!

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    Kita S. Swim Instructor
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    Kita S. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Kita is a student at South Lakes High School, GO SEAHAWKS! She is excited to be working at such a fun place and enjoys teaching swim because it is such an important life skill. Her favorite colors are blue and red and her favorite Disney movie is Wreck-It Ralph. When Miss. Kita is not at work you can find her; drawing, making jewlery, reading, rock climbing, playing the piano, riding her bike or climbing trees!

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    Madison S. Swim Instructor
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    Madison S. Swim Instructor

    Ms. Madison loves working at Goldfish because of the children. She said the environment is so playful, uplifting and fun! Plus teaching her children swimming is a life skill. Ms. Madison is in her Senior year of High School at South Lakes. In her spare time, Ms. Madison loves traveling, hanging with friends or singing a toon. Her favorite Disney movie is Tangled and she loves the color pink.

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    Maira H. Swim Instructor
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    Maira H. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Maria has a degree in Philosophy and Humanities from California State University, Sacramento, GO HORNETS! Her favorite color is purple and her favorite Disney movie is Moana. Miss. Maria loves swimming because it's a great low-impact exercise and it makes her feel closer to home. Some other Hobbies Miss. Maria enjoys are hiking, reading, art, and human wellness.

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    Meredith A. Swim Instructor
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    Meredith A. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Meredith is a student at Chantilly High School, GO CHARGERS! She loves swimming because it is a great form of exercise and it is fun no matter how skilled you are. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite Disney movie is The Lion King. When Miss. Meredith is not at Goldfish she is competing in Irish dance, reading, spending time with her family and friend, and taking pictures.

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    Mohammed H. Swim Instructor
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    Mohammed H. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Mohammed is a student at George Mason University, GO PATRIOTS! His favorite color is navy blue and his favorite Disney movie is Wall-E. He enjoys cooking, reading and swimming. Mr. Mohammed loves working at Goldfish because he loves being able to work with students so they become the greatest swimmers IN THE WORLD!

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    Mustafa A. Swim Instructor
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    Mustafa A. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Mustafa is a student at Langley High School. His favorite color is red and his favorite Disney movie is Cars. Mr. Mustafa has been a swimmer for 10 years and is excited to share all his secrets with your little swimmer! When Mr. Mustafa isn’t swimming he is playing video games or hanging out with friends.

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    Nery C. Swim Instructor
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    Nery C. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Nery is a recent Grad of Park View High. His favorite color is green and he loves the Disney movie, Lilo & Stitch. When Mr. Nery isn’t at Goldfish you can find him hiking, fishing, playing sports or just enjoying the great outdoors. Next time you see Mr. Nery in the water, make sure to give him a big high five!

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    Nickolyn J. Swim Instructor
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    Nickolyn J. Swim Instructor

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    Nivin J. Swim Instructor
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    Nivin J. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Nivin is a student at South Lakes High School, GO SEAHAWKS! His favorite color is red and his favorite Disney movie is UP. He enjoys swimming, playing the guitar, and playing volleyball in his free time. Mr. Nivin loves working at Goldfish because the kids are amazing and he loves helping kids learn to love the water.

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    Nora M Swim Instructor
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    Nora M Swim Instructor

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    Rachel S. Swim Instructor
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    Rachel S. Swim Instructor

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    Rachel W. Swim Instructor
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    Rachel W. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Rachel is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! She is currently studying psychology. She loves working at Goldfish because it is such a unique job and she loves working with kids! Miss. Rachel's favorite color is yellow and her favorite Disney movie is Big Hero 6. When Miss. Rachel is not a Goldfish she is reading, doing jujitsu, longboarding or hanging out with her friends and her friend’s dogs.

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    Raisa H. Swim Instructor
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    Raisa H. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Raisa is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! She is currently studying business management. Her favorite color is lavender and her favorite Disney movie is Moana. Miss Raisa loves working at Goldfish because, “I love seeing all the beautiful smiling faces of our members when they walk in our door.”

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    Richard K. Swim Instructor
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    Richard K. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Richard is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! His favorite color is blue and his favorite Disney movie is Wall-E. In his free time Richard likes to read. Mr.Richard loves Goldfish because of all the mermaids that hang out at the pool and also cannonballs.

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    Ronnie H. Swim Instructor
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    Ronnie H. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Ronnie loves swimming, especially here at Goldfish! Mr. Ronnie is a Junior at South Lakes this year. Outside of Goldfish, he loves playing sports with friends or checking out the new video games on the market. Mr. Ronnie’s favorite color is red and he loves Toys Story, “To Infinity and Beyond!” When you see Mr. Ronnie tell him a good joke, he will love it!

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    Vanessa U. Swim Instructor
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    Vanessa U. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Vanessa is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! Where she is studying to be a vet. She loves working at Goldfish because she loves working with kids and helping them learn new swim safety skills. Miss. Vanessa’s favorite color is rose gold and her favorite Disney movies are Mulan and Princess and the Frog. When she is not at goldfish she is hiking, playing with her cat, traveling the world, or swimming!

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    Virginia H. Swim Instructor
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    Virginia H. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Virginia a student at South Lakes High School, GO SEAHAWKS! Her favorite color red is and she loves working at Goldfish because of the community she gets to be a part of and the work she gets to do. When Virginia is not working you can find her watching her favorite Disney movie Hercules or hanging out with her dog Coco. If you see Miss. Virginia around you may notice how much she resembles her two older siblings Jacquie and Graham.

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    Yenifer M. Swim Instructor
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    Yenifer M. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Yenifer, aka Miss. Yeni, is a student at South Lakes High School, GO SEAHAWKS! She loves playing soccer and her favorite part of her job is making kids laugh. Miss. Yeni’s favorite color is red and her favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid. Miss. Yeni is also Miss. Vanessa’s little sister! Next time you see her make sure you give her a big high five!

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    Zach P. Swim Instructor
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    Zach P. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Zach has been working at Goldfish off and on for a few years now. He looks forward to being a positive influence on children, plus loves being in the pool. Mr. Zach is planning on attending Virginia Tech but is currently finishing up some studies at NOVA. Mr. Zach's favorite color is blue and he really enjoys watching the Lion King. When Mr. Zach isn't in school or working at Goldfish, he loves playing sports like basketball and soccer. Make sure to let Mr. Zach know who your favorite basketball team is next time you see him around!

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    Zoe T. Swim Instructor
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    Zoe T. Swim Instructor

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    Cydnee J. Front Desk Representative
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    Cydnee J. Front Desk Representative

    Miss. Cydnee is a graduate of South Lakes High School, GO SEAHAWKS! Her favorite color is red and her favorite Disney movies are Mulan and Princess and The Frog. Miss. Cydnee also enjoys; napping, snacking, and surfing the world wide web. She loves working at Goldfish because of all the beautiful people she gets to work with.

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    Iliana S. Front Desk Representative
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    Iliana S. Front Desk Representative

    Miss. Iliana is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! She is studying business administration. Iliana loves working at Goldfish because, “I love seeing kids faces light up and being able to work with an amazing staff. I love the environment and energy.” Iliana’s favorite color is royal blue and when she is not working she is spending time with her family, volunteering, or trying new foods. Iliana is bilingual and her favorite Disney movie is the Princess Diaries.

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    Lexi P. Front Desk Representative
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    Lexi P. Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Lexi is new to the Goldfish family. She loves working here due to fun environment and the people. Even though she isn’t an instructor, she finds swimming to be a great exercise and stress reliver. Lexi’s favorite color is navy blue and she loves the movie Monsters Inc. In her spare time she enjoys playing Lacrosse. Stop by the Front Desk and say hello to Ms. Lexi!

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    Nathan K. Front Desk Representative
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    Nathan K. Front Desk Representative

    Mr. Nathan is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! His favorite color is purple and his favorite Disney movie is UP. Nathan enjoys working out and he LOVES SLEEPING! Mr.Nathan loves working at Goldfish because of the very kind and fun staff.

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    Winona Z. Front Desk Representative
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    Winona Z. Front Desk Representative

    Miss. Winona is a student at The University of Maryland, GO TERPS! Her favorite color is black and her favorite Disney movie is Ratatouille. She enjoys going to the beach, playing with her cats, and teaching piano. Miss. Winona loves working at Goldfish because she knows that the work she does is impacting children's lives, changing them for the better and she loves being a part of that.

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    Jessica Mummert Regional Facility & Logistics Manager
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    Jessica Mummert Regional Facility & Logistics Manager

    Jessica has been with goldfish since July 2015. She moved to to Virginia from her home state of Texas. Jessica is a #MomOfThree; she has a son Donovan and two Daughters Alex and Annabelle who have all taken swim lessons at Goldfish Reston. Jessica’s favorite place to travel is Disney World, because she is a Disney fanatic, and her favorite disney movie is Mulan. Jessica’s favorite color is green and fun fact she has never eaten a Hot dog or a Hamburger! When Jessica is not at Goldfish you can find her hopping on her pogo stick as she jumps rope at the same time or just spending time with her kids at the park. jessica.mummert@goldfishss.com

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