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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    Xavier Vargas Assistant General Manager
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    Xavier Vargas Assistant General Manager

    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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    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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    Aria Timmons Swim Instructor
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    Aria Timmons Swim Instructor

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    Artemisa De Jager Swim Instructor
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    Artemisa De Jager Swim Instructor

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    Avery Breed Swim Instructor
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    Avery Breed Swim Instructor

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    Ellyanna Rodriguez Swim Instructor
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    Ellyanna Rodriguez Swim Instructor

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    Layla Hanusic Swim Instructor
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    Layla Hanusic Swim Instructor

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    Maya Hansen Swim Instructor
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    Maya Hansen Swim Instructor

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    Thomas Dockins Swim Instructor
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    Thomas Dockins Swim Instructor

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    Emily Ramsey Golden Teacher
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    Emily Ramsey Golden Teacher

    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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    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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    Dustin Watson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Dustin Watson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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

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    Kamille Johnson Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Kamille Johnson 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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    Summer Vorwerk Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Summer Vorwerk Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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    Tiahni Mitchell Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Tiahni Mitchell Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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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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    Paula Carrero Front Desk Representative
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    Paula Carrero Front Desk Representative

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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

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