Our Team

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    Hillary General Manager
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    Hillary General Manager

    Hillary grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where her love of swimming turned into her first job as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Her passion for water safety has brought her all over the country, including the bay area of San Francisco, Atlanta, GA and now Maryland. Hillary has a long history with Goldfish, having worked at three separate locations, Roscoe Village in Illinois and two in Georgia, Johns Creek and Sandy Springs. She is excited to bring her passion for swim safety and love of Goldfish to the Silver Spring community. Certifications include: NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator, ILTP Instructor, CPR/AED, First Aid hillary.swenson@goldfishss.com

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    Jakki Manager on Duty
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    Jakki Manager on Duty

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    Samantha Sales and Service Manager
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    Samantha Sales and Service Manager

    Samantha is no stranger to Goldfish. She worked for our sister school in Columbia, MD for a number of years before moving down Rt. 29 to our Front Desk in Silver Spring! She plays the flute and is an avid reader in her spare time. She gets excited to see all of her swimmers as they enter the lobby doors and loves to share weekly celebration prizes with them as they depart each day. Her favorite movies are Coco and Moana.

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    Helen Deck Supervisor
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    Helen Deck Supervisor

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    Jake Deck Supervisor
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    Jake Deck Supervisor

    Jake, or "Jake from State Farm" as he is known by his friends, is a "Jake of all trades" here at Goldfish. He is a Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, and Deck Supervisor. He has worked as a Swim Instructor for the past 5 years with another brand (shhh... it was a competitor). He just completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology and intends to continue his education towards his goal of becoming a Neuroscience Researcher. He is Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid certified, and has completed our Proprietary Curriculum Training along with obtaining his Spa and Pool Operators License.

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    Kelsie Deck Supervisor
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    Kelsie Deck Supervisor

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    Amanda Swim Instructor
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    Amanda Swim Instructor

    Amanda is new to the aquatics industry but not to group athletics and working with children in sports. Her favorite part of teaching her Goldfish swimmers is laughing and celebrating their progress! Her career aspirations will move her to advertising agency marketing, but for now she loves splashing in the Goldfish pool.

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    Liza Swim Instructor
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    Liza Swim Instructor

    Liza has spent most of her career as a make-up artist for all different types of events! Why come to Goldfish, you might ask... because she is studying to become a Pediatric Nurse and absolutely adores children! She loves interacting with her swimmers and establishing bond of trust week over week. Seeing her swimmers smile from a successful lesson motivates her to smile too!

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    Ariana Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ariana Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Gissel Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Gissel Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Katy Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Katy Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Katy loves working with her little Goldfish swimmers as they show excitement and confidence while mastering new skills in her classes. She is interested in studying Biology and going into the field of Public Health. Her favorite movie is Aladdin.

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    Megan Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Megan Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Megan was hired as a member of the Silver Spring team before we even had water in the pool! She loves watching her swimmer's excitement while they progress through new skill levels. Her favorite skill is the Sea Otter float, knowing that it is a safety skill that can save their life. She has plans to become a Veterinarian when her schooling is complete. Her favorite movie is the Lion King. She is Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid certified, and has completed our Proprietary Curriculum Training.

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    Paola Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Paola Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Paola was a lifeguard before joining the Goldfish Crew. In her spare time she loves to sing and paint. She jumps in the pool every day with excitement to see her swimmers learn new skills and celebrate their success. Her dream job is to become a Pediatrician. Her friends call her "Pao" or "P". Her favorite movie is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She is Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid certified, and has completed our Proprietary Curriculum Training.

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    Sam Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Sam Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    When not in the Goldfish pool teaching your kids how to swim, Sam enjoys teaching her younger family members to love and appreciate the water too! She is an EMT, lives hiking and going on outdoor adventures. Sam thinks the best part about Goldfish is the fast pace of progress. She loves to watch the parents cheer and celebrate the successes too! She is Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid certified, and has completed our Proprietary Curriculum Training.

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    Irene Front Desk Representative
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    Irene Front Desk Representative

    If you think Irene looks familiar, that's because she worked at the Columbia location for 2 years before Silver Spring opened! She is a whiz at assisting our Members with booking questions and moving classes due to a swimmer's graduation! Irene is a hobby photographer and aspires to become a Counseling Psychologist at a children's hospital. Irene is bi-lingual and can assist with booking in Spanish if needed! Her favorite movie is Coco. She is CPR and First Aid certified.

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    Rachel Front Desk Representative
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    Rachel Front Desk Representative

    Rachel has been in Aquatics for 7 years as a Lifeguard and Pool Operator. She has been a CPR instructor the past year as well. She finds seeing everyone's progress incredibly rewarding! She loves music and spends her free time traveling to different live music venues. She is Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid certified, and has completed our Proprietary Curriculum Training.

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    Tamara Front Desk Representative
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    Tamara Front Desk Representative