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 three 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. Goldfish Swim School - Alexandria followed in January 2019!

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    Maira Hoang General Manager
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    Maira Hoang General Manager

    This is Maira! She is originally from California but now calls Virginia home. She has been swimming all her life and butterfly is her stroke! She went to school at CA Sacramento State University and studied Philosophy and Humanties. In her down time she likes reading anything and everything, and she enjoys yoga. Maira loves animals and currently has two cats. Interesting fact about her, she's ambidextrous but not naturally she was trained at a young age. Maira.hoang@goldfishss.com

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    Madi Cook Assistant General Manager
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    Madi Cook Assistant General Manager

    Madi has been with Goldfish since it opened its doors in November 2014! She has been here so long because she loves teaching kids how to swim and making them smile. Madi’s favorite Disney movie is Toy Story. Her favorite color is green. Madi loves eating tacos and ice cream. When Madi isn’t at Goldfish, she is normally in New York exploring the city! madi.cook@goldfishss.com

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    Winona Zaky Assistant General Manager
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    Winona Zaky Assistant General Manager

    Winona is a student at The University of Maryland. GO TERPS! She is currently studying Arabic and Political Science. 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. Winona loves working at Goldfish because she knows that the work we do is impacting children's lives and changing them for the better, and she loves being a part of that! Winona.zaky@goldfishss.com

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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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    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 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. 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. Fun fact - she has never eaten a hot dog or a hamburger! When she’s not at Goldfish, you can find her hopping on her pogo stick, as she jumps rope at the same time, or spending time with her kids at the park. jessica.mummert@goldfishss.com

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    Chris Knarr Operations Manager
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    Chris Knarr Operations Manager

    Mr. Chris is a student at George Mason University. GO PATRIOTS! 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! Chris.knarr@goldfishss.com

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    Ever Alvarado Martinez Safety Coordinator
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    Ever Alvarado Martinez Safety Coordinator

    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 he loves helping kids learn how to swim and leave with smiling faces. He also loves reading and playing video games. His favorite Disney movie is Alice in Wonderland. Ever.alvaradomartinez@goldfishss.com

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    Alexis L. Front Desk Representative
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    Alexis L. Front Desk Representative

    Meet Miss Alexis! She is currently getting her real estate license to become a real estate agent. Her favorite color changes every day, but today it’s baby blue! Her favorite Disney movie is Toy Story and some of her favorite hobbies including working within her community and her church, and flipping clothes from the thrift store. Her favorite thing about swimming is that you can be free and creative about it; it’s never too late to learn and experiment in the water!

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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 currently studying Business Administration. Iliana loves working at Goldfish because she loves seeing kids’ faces light up and being able to work with an amazing staff. She loves the environment and energy at Goldfish. Her favorite color is royal blue and when she isn’t working, she is spending time with her family, volunteering, or trying new foods. Iliana is also bilingual and her favorite Disney movie is The Princess Diaries.

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    Jenna S. Front Desk Representative
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    Jenna S. Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Jenna is a current sophomore at George Mason University studying nursing. Go Patriots! Her favorite color is purple and her favorite Disney movie is Tangled! In her free time, Ms. Jenna enjoys reading and going to the gym. She loves working at Goldfish because of how fun all of the employees and families are! Welcome Ms. Jenna to the Goldfish team next time you see her!

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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. Be sure to give Mr. Nathan a high five at the front desk!

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    Shaina W. Front Desk Representative
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    Shaina W. Front Desk Representative

    Ms. Shaina is a student at George Mason University where she studies Anthropology. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her puppies and watching movies! Speaking of movies, her favorite Disney movie is The Lion King. She loves working at Goldfish because she believes that teaching is fun and very rewarding. She also believes that being confident in any body of water is very important not only for safety, but to enjoy the experience of swimming!

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    Vanessa U. Front Desk Representative
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    Vanessa U. Front Desk Representative

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

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    Ally A. Swim Instructor
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    Ally A. Swim Instructor

    Ms. Allyson is a student at South Lakes High School Go Seahawks! Her favorite Disney movie is The Princess and the Frog and her favorite color is green. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer and play with her cat! Ms. Allyson loves working at Goldfish because she loves meeting new people. She also loves swimming because she feels free when she’s in the water. Welcome her to the team!

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    Alyssa M. Swim Instructor
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    Alyssa M. Swim Instructor

    Ms. Alyssa is a graduate student at Bluefield College. Some of her hobbies include playing the guitar, singing, listening to music, and caring for her pets. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite Disney movie is Stitch! The Movie. She loves Goldfish because she believes that Goldfish has a positive environment that promotes water safety while having fun!

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    Amelia Q. Swim Instructor
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    Amelia Q. Swim Instructor

    Miss Amelia is a student at South Lakes High School. In her free time, she enjoys playing instruments, baking, cooking, singing, and drawing. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite Disney movie is Coco. Miss Amelia loves being in the water because she sees it as relaxing and fun! Welcome Miss Amelia to the team!

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    Andrea G Swim Instructor
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    Andrea G Swim Instructor

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

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    Brayden D. Swim Instructor
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    Brayden D. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Brayden is a student at South Lakes High School. His favorite color is purple and his favorite Disney movie is Monsters, Inc. In his free time, Mr. Brayden loves playing all types of sports, hanging out with his friends, and participating in JROTC after school. Mr. Brayden loves working at Goldfish because he loves teaching new skills to others, and watching them grow and succeed at what he teaches them.

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    Devin G. Swim Instructor
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    Devin G. Swim Instructor

    Meet Mr. Devin! He is a student at South Lakes High School. Go Seahawks! Mr. Devin has always loved playing basketball and baseball, and hanging out with his friends. His favorite color is baby blue and his two favorite Disney movies are The Lion King and Aladdin. Welcome him to the team!

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    Dillon S. Swim Instructor
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    Dillon S. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Dillon is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, where he studies engineering. Later in his education, he hopes to pursue computer science! Mr. Dillon loves working at Goldfish because he loves working with kids and watching them grow! His favorite Disney movie is Lilo and Stitch and his favorite color is red. Some of his hobbies include powerlifting, and playing guitar and piano.

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    Eli S. Swim Instructor
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    Eli S. Swim Instructor

    Mr.Eli is a junior at Northern Virginia Community College. In his free time, he loves playing basketball, watching sports, and playing video games. His favorite Disney movie is Peter Pan. Mr. Eli loves working at Goldfish because he loves to teach young ones a life-changing skill. One of his favorite things about swimming is floating! Be sure to give Mr.Eli a big high five in the water!

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    Elliot M. Swim Instructor
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    Elliot M. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Elliot is in his first year at Northern Virginia Community College. Go Nighthawks! In his free time, he likes playing the drums, rock climbing, and hiking. His favorite color is blue and his favorite Disney movie is Lilo and Stitch. Mr. Elliot loves working at Goldfish because he enjoys helping people learn and being in a fast-paced environment. Welcome Mr. Elliot to the Goldfish team!

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    Erin D. Swim Instructor
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    Erin D. Swim Instructor

    Ms. Erin is in her senior year at James Madison High School. She truly enjoys teaching children how to swim and knows that it’s a life skill that is important to teach. Her favorite Disney movie is Tangled and she loves 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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    Grace Q. Swim Instructor
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    Grace Q. Swim Instructor

    Meet Ms. Grace! Her favorite color is blue and her favorite Disney movie is Toy Story 2. In her free time, Ms. Grace loves singing, playing guitar, and watching movies!

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    Hanna H. Swim Instructor
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    Hanna H. Swim Instructor

    Miss Hanna is a recent grad of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania studying Interior Design. Her favorite color is pink and her favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast. Miss Hanna loves watching movies, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, and swimming! Miss Hanna loves working at Goldfish because she loves teaching kids how to swim and being able to help them improve in their skills. Miss Hanna’s favorite stroke is butterfly!

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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 important skills to others. Be sure to say hi to Mr. Jack either on the pool deck or in the water!

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    Jasmine R. Swim Instructor
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    Jasmine R. Swim Instructor

    Miss Jasmine is a student at South Lakes High School. Her favorite color is blue and in her free time, she loves to enjoy time with her friends, volunteer, and watch movies. Speaking of movies, her favorite Disney movie is Mulan. Miss Jasmine loves working at Goldfish because the team is so fun and exciting. She also loves swimming because it puts her mind in a positive attitude!

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    Jenna P. Swim Instructor
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    Jenna P. Swim Instructor

    Welcome Ms. Jenna! She is a student at Trinity Christian School. Go Gryphons! Her favorite color is purple and her favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Jenna loves to read, swim, play soccer, and hang out with her friends. She also loves working at Goldfish because it excites her to see other people learn how to love the water as much as she does! With swimming, she loves how you can never stop learning.

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    Jordan Q. Swim Instructor
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    Jordan Q. Swim Instructor

    This is Jordan! He is a big nerd and he loves it! He loves climbing trees and walking through the forest. In high school he was a member of his marching band and played clarinet. His favorite subjects are math and physics and he also loves statistics. He loves paper and pencil games and his favorite Disney movie is Robin Hood.

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    Keyla P. Swim Instructor
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    Keyla P. Swim Instructor

    Welcome Ms. Keyla! She is a student at South Lakes High School. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer, cook, and listen to music. Her favorite color is red and her favorite Disney movie is Wall-E! Ms. Keyla loves that swimming is very relaxing for her. Fun fact: Ms. Keyla has a twin sister that also works at Goldfish, Ms. Ally!

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    Lindsay H. Swim Instructor
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    Lindsay H. Swim Instructor

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    Luis R. Swim Instructor
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    Luis R. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Luis is currently a freshman at George Mason University. Go Patriots! Some of his favorite hobbies include playing football and soccer. His favorite Disney movie is The Lion King and his favorite color is blue. According to Mr.Luis, swimming is a great way to relax and a great form of exercise. He loves working at Goldfish because of the lovely kids! Say hi to Mr.Luis next time you see him in the pool!

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    Maya B. Swim Instructor
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    Maya B. Swim Instructor

    Meet Ms. Maya! She is a student at South Lakes High School. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, singing, and acting. She also loves to use her creativity and is she actually working on writing a short story! Her favorite color is red and her favorite Disney movie is Tangled. Ms. Maya is also a very experienced swimmer. She began at 7 yrs.old, and ever since, she has continued the sport and loves it with a passion! She hopes to help students develop a love for swimming, as well as help with their skills!

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    Nicole Z. Swim Instructor
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    Nicole Z. Swim Instructor

    Meet Ms. Nicole! She is a student at South Lakes High School. Go Seahawks! Her favorite color is blue and her favorite Disney movie is Lilo and Stitch. Ms. Nicole loves to play field hockey and run in her free time! She also loves swimming because she feels weightless when she does, and it relaxes her. Welcome her to the Goldfish team!

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    Peter P. Swim Instructor
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    Peter P. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Peter is a junior at South Lakes High School. Go Seahawks! He loves Goldfish because it provides a friendly environment! He also loves working with kids because he has babysat his younger cousins and neighbors. Mr. Peter enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with his friends. His favorite color is red and his favorite Disney movie is The Lion King.

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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 she loves seeing all of the smiling faces of our families when they walk in our door.

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    Sami K. Swim Instructor
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    Sami K. Swim Instructor

    Ms. Sami is a student at South Lakes High School. In her free time, she loves to play hockey, swim, and spend time with her friends! She loves the color blue and her favorite Disney movie is Frozen. She loves working at Goldfish because she loves getting to know new people and working to improve her own strokes! Welcome Ms. Sami to the team!

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    Tulio B. Swim Instructor
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    Tulio B. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Tulio is a student at South Lakes High School. Go Seahawks! His favorite color is blue and his favorite Disney movie is The Lion King. In his free time, he loves to play soccer! Mr. Tulio loves working at Goldfish because he likes being himself in the water and doing tricks in the water.

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    Victor R. Swim Instructor
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    Victor R. Swim Instructor

    Meet Mr. Victor! He is a graduate of University of California, Davis, where he studied communication and contemporary leadership. His favorite color is royal blue and his favorite Disney movie is Aladdin. In his spare time, Mr. Victor listens to podcasts, musicals, plays video games, and watches gymnastics! Mr. Victor loves swimming because he thinks the water is a channel that lets you travel anywhere you want. Say hi to Mr. Victor next time you see him!

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    Virag M. Swim Instructor
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    Virag M. Swim Instructor

    Ms. Virag is a student at South Lakes High School. Go Seahawks! Her favorite color is blue and her favorite Disney movie is Cinderella. In her free time, she loves to play volleyball, travel, hang out at the beach, and bake! Ms. Virag loves swimming because she loves generally being in the water, and she thinks it’s cool how there are so many different swim strokes!

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    Zac M. Swim Instructor
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    Zac M. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Zac is a student at George Mason University where he studies music technology. He loves teaching kids how to swim because it is such a rewarding and fun experience! Mr. Zac’s favorite colors are gray and blue, and his favorite Disney movies are Lilo and Stitch and Monsters Inc. In his spare time, he loves to play music, walk his dog and hike! Say hi to Mr. Zac next time you see him!

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