Our Team

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    Phil Tan Owner
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    Phil Tan Owner

    Phil was born in Seoul, Korea. He moved to Houston at the age of 6, where he currently resides with his wife, Ann and better half for almost 23 years along with their daughter, Addison (10). Finance major from the University of Houston found his calling not from his intended career path but from a summer job as a personal trainer. He has always enjoyed helping others achieve their goals. After 16 years of helping various people from all walks of life achieve their fitness goals, he has decided to re-direct that passion and desire. As a father, he has decided to help teach other children along with his daughter how to swim while still incorporating fitness into the lessons. He is proud to open up Texas’ very first Goldfish Swim School. -Phil- “I traded in my business suits for sneakers and shorts to flip flops and swim trunks, can’t get any more casual!” Certified Ellis Lifeguard Instructor phil.tan@goldfishss.com

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    Thomas Balgairies General Manager
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    Thomas Balgairies General Manager

    Hi, my name is Thomas. Originally from France, my family moved here almost 20 years ago. I am fluent in both French and English and love sports. I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and love to swim. I have a degree in biology from the University of Texas (Go Longhorns!) and am working on my master's degree at the University of Texas at Tyler! Ellis Certified Lifeguard thomas.balgairies@goldfishss.com

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    Desiree Ruiz Assistant General Manager
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    Desiree Ruiz Assistant General Manager

    Hi I’m Desiree! I am currently working on my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Houston in Downtown. I enjoy outdoor activities and loving my dog Nunu! I have tons of working experience with children from 6 weeks old to 12 years old. I love my Goldfish family and can’t wait to get to know all of you! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Circe Michel Garcia Deck Supervisor
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    Circe Michel Garcia Deck Supervisor

    Hello everyone my names is Circe Garcia Michel, I'm originally from La Havana, Cuba. I have been living in Houston for about six years now. I graduated from high school in 2016, and competed with Houston Swim Club for 3 years. I love animals especially cats and dogs! I truly enjoy swimming and instructing children on learning and improving their swimming skills and look forward to working with your children!

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    David Keahey Deck Supervisor
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    David Keahey Deck Supervisor

    Howdy y'all my name is David, I've been a swimmer all my life and swam competitively for 10 years! I'm a proud Eagle Scout and enjoy teaching and helping kids learn and improve their swimming skills. Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Jessica Robertson Deck Supervisor
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    Jessica Robertson Deck Supervisor

    Hello I'm Jessica! I'm going to school for Drafting and then onto a Masters in Architecture; I've been swimming since I was five and have over five years of teaching experience! I love to travel and really enjoy cooking. I can't wait to teach your children how to swim and have fun at the pool! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Karen Garcia Deck Supervisor
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    Karen Garcia Deck Supervisor

    Hello! My name is Karen Garcia and I am currently a senior at Westside High School. This fall I will attend Lone Star College and complete my core classes and then transfer to Texas A&M (Gig’Em!!). I also plan to attend medical school and become and OB-GYN! I can’t wait to teach your kid how to swim while staying safe in the pool :) Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Vanessa Villanueva Deck Supervisor
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    Vanessa Villanueva Deck Supervisor

    Hey there! My name is Vanessa, my friends call me Ness. I’m a student at Lonestar Community College majoring in Business. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I absolutely love traveling, hanging out with friends and concerts! I love working with kids; I’m looking forward to meeting you. We will have fun in the water while also being safe! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Xavier Vargas Deck Supervisor
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    Xavier Vargas Deck Supervisor

    Hey everyone! I'm Xavier I love playing sports and working out. I always root for my home teams (Go Astros, Rockets, and Texans!). I love video games and am excited to help everyone learn how to swim. Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Dustin Watson Swim Instructor
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    Dustin Watson Swim Instructor

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    Kamille Johnson Swim Instructor
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    Kamille Johnson Swim Instructor

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    Keyon Henderson Swim Instructor
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    Keyon Henderson Swim Instructor

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    Magnolia Westfall Swim Instructor
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    Magnolia Westfall Swim Instructor

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    Summer Vorwerk Swim Instructor
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    Summer Vorwerk Swim Instructor

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    Thomas Dockins Swim Instructor
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    Thomas Dockins Swim Instructor

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    Tiahni Mitchell Swim Instructor
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    Tiahni Mitchell Swim Instructor

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    Ali Rivas Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Ali Rivas Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hello I'm Ali! I love soccer and working on my car. I look forward to getting to know and help your kiddos learn to swim!

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    Anna Guidry Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Anna Guidry Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hello I'm Anna, I currently attend Westside High School, where I love to play volleyball. I play in the orchestra always enjoying my cello. My dream is to become a marine biologist! I'm really excited to help all of my students learn how to swim and have fun at the pool.

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    Diana Moscot Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Diana Moscot Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hello! My name is Diana Moscot. I was born in Orlando,Florida. I am currently a Junior in Spring Woods High School. I enjoy playing sports for my school such as cross country, basketball and track. I am so excited to join Goldfish Swim School. I am really looking forward to teaching children how to swim and be safe in and around water! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Emily Ramsey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Emily Ramsey Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hello I'm Emily! I've been swimming my whole life and love to help others learn. I am double majoring in Geology and Geography and a proud member of my church choir! I'm very excited to get to know all my students.

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    Gabriela Lodico Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Gabriela Lodico Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Snow Thai Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Snow Thai Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Xochitnil Hernandez Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Xochitnil Hernandez Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Alexis Acevedo Front Desk Representative
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    Alexis Acevedo Front Desk Representative

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    Carina Zapeta Front Desk Representative
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    Carina Zapeta Front Desk Representative

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    Marisol Villalba Front Desk Representative
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    Marisol Villalba Front Desk Representative

    Hello everyone! My name is Marisol, I was born in Mexico and moved here when I was just 3 years old! I am currently at the University of Houston majoring in Psychology. My goal is to work with and help children with special needs! I look forward to helping you have a great time at Goldfish!

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    Selena Costa Front Desk Representative
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    Selena Costa Front Desk Representative

    Hi! My name is Selena. I enjoy making applications for phones, and love making graphic designs. I enjoy swimming and look forward to helping you at the front desk and teaching your children how to swim in the pool! Ellis Certified Lifeguard