Our Team

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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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    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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    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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    Anas F. Swim Instructor
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    Anas F. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Anas is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, GO RAMS! He loves teaching because swim is such a valuable skill. His favorite color is blue, his favorite Disney movie is Incredibles or The Lion King, and his favorite candy is sour patch kids. When Mr. Anas isn’t teaching he is playing video games, watching movies, or playing sports!

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    Andrea G. Swim Instructor
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    Andrea G. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Andera is a student at Chantilly High School, GO CHARGERS! She loves teaching because she loves being able to teach and be silly with kids. Her favorite color is white and she loves reading, going on hikes, and playing outside. Miss. Andrea's favorite Disney movies are Hercules and Mulan.

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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 Kate E. Swim Instructor
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    Anna Kate E. Swim Instructor

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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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    Carly M. Swim Instructor
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    Carly M. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Carly is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, GO RAMS! Her favorite color is green and her favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, cooking, and working out. Miss. Carly loves working at Goldfish because she loves teaching kids and watching them grow as confident swimmers.

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    Carolan C. Swim Instructor
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    Carolan C. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Carolan is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, GO RAMS! She is studying Costume Design which may explain why her favorite color is GLITTER or why she loves theater and dance. Carolan loves teaching kids how to swim because it allows her to teach skills she learned when she was a competitive swimmer. When she isn’t at Goldfish you can normally find Carolan reading or having a Disney movie marathon.

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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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    Catherine K. Swim Instructor
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    Catherine K. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Catherine is a student at Virginia Tech, GO HOKIES! Her favorite color is blue and she loves working at Goldfish because she loves working with kids and she loves being in the pool. Her favorite Hobbies are reading and learning Italian and her favorite movie is Incredibles two (IT’S SO GOOD!)

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    Chris K. Swim Instructor
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    Chris K. Swim Instructor

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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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    Diya M. Swim Instructor
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    Diya M. Swim Instructor

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    Doa O. Swim Instructor
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    Doa O. Swim Instructor

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    Elijah S. Swim Instructor
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    Elijah S. Swim Instructor

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    Elise F. Swim Instructor
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    Elise F. Swim Instructor

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    Emilie F. Swim Instructor
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    Emilie F. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Emilie is a student at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, GO FALCONS! Her favorite Disney movie is Lilo and Stitch. She loves working at goldfish because, “I love teaching swim and Goldfish adds a family feel to the environment that makes it feel like home everytime you walk in.”

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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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    Gabriella D. Swim Instructor
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    Gabriella D. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Gabriella or Miss. Gabby is a student at South Lakes High School, GO SEAHAWKS! Gabby loves working with kids and says Goldfish is a great place to do just that “Everyone is friendly and welcoming and I get the chance to make a difference in a child’s life by teaching them how to swim.” Swim is not the only sport is Gabby’s life she also plays field hockey and enjoys doing arts and crafts. Her favorite colors are light blue and purple and her favorite Disney movie is Moana.

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    Grace C. Swim Instructor
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    Grace C. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Grace is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, GO RAMS! Her favorite color is yellow and she enjoys listening to music, hiking, baking, eating ice cream, and traveling. Miss. Grace loves working at Goldfish because she loves kids and she wants to be a teacher. Her favorite Disney movie is Robin Hood.

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    Graham H. Swim Instructor
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    Graham H. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Graham, AKA Mr. Graham Cracker, is a student at East Carolina University, GO PIRATES! His favorite color is blue and when you first see Mr. Graham you will notice his big smile and goofy personality. He loves working at Goldfish because it is the only place that will pay him to be as silly as he wants! In his free time you can find Graham watching his favorite Disney movie Cars or hanging out with his two sisters Jacquie and Virginia.

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    Hunter E. Swim Instructor
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    Hunter E. Swim Instructor

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    Hunter H. Swim Instructor
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    Hunter H. Swim Instructor

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    Jack D. Swim Instructor
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    Jack D. Swim Instructor

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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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    Jalen R. Swim Instructor
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    Jalen R. Swim Instructor

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    Joanne M. Swim Instructor
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    Joanne M. Swim Instructor

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    Justo E. Swim Instructor
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    Justo E. Swim Instructor

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    Katelynn G. Swim Instructor
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    Katelynn G. 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 R. Swim Instructor
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    Katie R. Swim Instructor

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    Kaylin S. Swim Instructor
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    Kaylin S. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Kaylin is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! She is very passionate about helping children find a love for aquatics. Miss. Kaylin's favorite color is baby pink and her favorite movie is The Sandlot. One day Miss. Kaylin hopes to open her own swim lesson school. When she is not at Goldfish you will find Miss. Kaylin eating sushi and hanging out with friends.

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    Kelly S. Swim Instructor
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    Kelly S. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Kelly is a student at South Lakes High School, GO SEAHAWKS! Her favorite color is blue and her favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast. Miss Kelly loves working with kids and teaching them to love swim just like her. She loves being outside and watching both the Washington Nationals and the Washington Capitals games with her family, friends, and her dogs.

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    Khatib A. Swim Instructor
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    Khatib A. Swim Instructor

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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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    Kyla S. Swim Instructor
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    Kyla S. Swim Instructor

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    Leia G. Swim Instructor
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    Leia G. Swim Instructor

    Miss.Leia is a student at Bridgewater College, GO EAGLES! Her favorite color is dark blue and her favorite Disney movie is Moana. In her freetime Leia enjoys playing the guitar, singing, and playing volleyball. Miss Leia loves working at Goldfish because she loves working with kids and getting to be in the water.

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    Madison A. Swim Instructor
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    Madison A. Swim Instructor

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    Madison S. Swim Instructor
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    Madison S. Swim Instructor

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    Maria H. Swim Instructor
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    Maria H. Swim Instructor

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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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    MK G. Swim Instructor
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    MK G. Swim Instructor

    Miss. MK is a student at St. Joseph's University, GO HAWKS! She loves working at Goldfish because she loves seeing the smiles on kids faces as they learn new skills. Miss. MK’s favorite color is pink and her favorite Disney movie is Monsters INC. When she is not at Goldfish she is running, swimming or cooking.

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    Mohammed H. Swim Instructor
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    Mohammed H. Swim Instructor

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    Mustafa A. Swim Instructor
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    Mustafa A. Swim Instructor

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    Myls B. Swim Instructor
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    Myls B. Swim Instructor

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    Nivin J. Swim Instructor
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    Nivin J. Swim Instructor

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    Norris G. Swim Instructor
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    Norris G. 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

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    Reagan W. Swim Instructor
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    Reagan W. Swim Instructor

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    Richard K. Swim Instructor
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    Richard K. Swim Instructor

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    Rosemarie K. Swim Instructor
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    Rosemarie K. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Rose is a student at Chantilly High School, GO CHARGERS! Her favorite color is blue and her favorite Disney movies are Toy Story and Beauty and the Beast. She loves working at Goldfish because, “I love the atmosphere and the working environment that GF provides.” Outside of Goldfish Miss. Rose is on her own swim team but she also loves to draw and play the guitar!

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    Shirin D. Swim Instructor
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    Shirin D. Swim Instructor

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    Tiffany K. Swim Instructor
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    Tiffany K. Swim Instructor

    Miss. Tiffany is a student at Oakton High School, GO COUGARS! Her favorite color is blue and her favorite Disney movies are Monsters INC. and Kim Possible. Miss. Tiffany loves working with kids and getting to be creative in her teaching style. Outside of Goldfish she enjoys biking, swimming, and hiking.

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    Trent P. Swim Instructor
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    Trent P. Swim Instructor

    Mr. Trent is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, GO NIGHTHAWKS! His favorite color is orange and his favorite Disney movie is Aladdin. In his free time he enjoys yoga, acting, and swimming (because it's not running). Mr.Trent loves seeing kids improve and says it is an incredibly rewarding experience.

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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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    Vincent V. Swim Instructor
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    Vincent V. Swim Instructor

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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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    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

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

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    Smah A. Front Desk Representative
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    Smah A. Front Desk Representative

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

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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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