Our Team

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    Phil Tan Owner & Manager
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    Phil Tan Owner & Manager

    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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    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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    Thomas Balgairies Assistant General Manager
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    Thomas Balgairies Assistant 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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    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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    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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    Alejandra Castro Swim Instructor
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    Alejandra Castro Swim Instructor

    Hello I'm Alex! I'm going to school for nursing; I love to bake, read and work out. I'm looking forward to helping you out at the front desk and teaching your children in the pool! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Alexis White Swim Instructor
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    Alexis White Swim Instructor

    Hi I'm Alexis! I am a dance major at HSPVA as well as a brown belt in Taekwondo. I love dancing, swimming, baking, and long walks on the beach. I'm excited to be part of the Goldfish team and help your child grow as a swimmer in a safe environment!

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    Amy Garcia Swim Instructor
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    Amy Garcia Swim Instructor

    Hi! My name is Amy, I currently attend Westside High where I will obtain my associates degree by the end of my senior year. In the near future I see myself becoming a radiologist and examining MRIs!! My hobbies include doing competitive dance and playing lacrosse. I can't wait to help your kid reach their swimming goals while having fun in the water! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Anna Guidry Swim Instructor
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    Anna Guidry Swim Instructor

    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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    Ashley Vizuet Swim Instructor
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    Ashley Vizuet Swim Instructor

    Hello I'm Ashley! Currently a senior at Spring Woods High where I love to play sports like volleyball and soccer. Next year I'm looking for a school where I can play sports at! I'm happy to be hear at Goldfish and can't wait to get to know your children!

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    Deena Mortada Swim Instructor
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    Deena Mortada Swim Instructor

    My name is Deena, and I work at Goldfish Swim School because I love having fun with kids and teaching them new things. I like playing basketball, soccer, and volleyball. My favorite thing to do is play with makeup! I am from Houston, Texas and I am a Sophomore at the University of Houston Downtown. My personal mission is for each and every one of my students to learn the swim safety skills they need, and to excel at their swimming while having fun at the same time! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Emily Ramsey Swim Instructor
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    Emily Ramsey Swim Instructor

    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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    Jessica Robertson Swim Instructor
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    Jessica Robertson Swim Instructor

    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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    Santiago Salazar Swim Instructor
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    Santiago Salazar Swim Instructor

    Hey there, I'm Santiago! I love nature and being outside, I also enjoy working out and playing all sorts of sports. I love being part of the Goldfish team and am looking forward to helping your child swim!

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    Suki Oji Swim Instructor
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    Suki Oji Swim Instructor

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    David Keahey Golden Teacher
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    David Keahey Golden Teacher

    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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    Eva Maxcy Golden Teacher
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    Eva Maxcy Golden Teacher

    Hey I'm Eva! I am a senior at Westside High, where I am an active participant in both the swim team and the water polo team. I love the water and really enjoy teaching kids how to swim here at Goldfish!

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    Karen Garcia Golden Teacher
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    Karen Garcia Golden Teacher

    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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    Mefleh Abu-Ein Golden Teacher
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    Mefleh Abu-Ein Golden Teacher

    Greeting and salutations, My name is Mefleh, I am currently going to school to pursue my college degree. I am originally from Jordan, where I was an active member in a competitive swim team. I have served as a lifeguard for the past two summers. I am very excited about sharing my passion of swimming with others! We will do lot of learning together and have some fun while at it! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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    Vanessa Villanueva Golden Teacher
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    Vanessa Villanueva Golden Teacher

    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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    Briyana Griffeth Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Briyana Griffeth Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

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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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    Frank Gibbons Swim Instructor/Lifeguard
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    Frank Gibbons Swim Instructor/Lifeguard

    Hello there. My name is Frank Gibbons and I am currently a senior in high school. I have been competitively swimming since I was six, primarily swimming for Dad's Club. Currently, I swim for Westside High School. With my experience, I hope to teach better technique to our future swimmers. Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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

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    Emma Maxcy Front Desk Representative
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    Emma Maxcy Front Desk Representative

    Hello everyone I'm Emma, I will be attending Stephen F. Austin this fall to study to become a nurse!! I can't help but smile all the time, and love to compliment everyone at every chance I get. (You're Awesome!)

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    Karla Hernandez Front Desk Representative
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    Karla Hernandez Front Desk Representative

    Hi there! I'm Karla, currently I attend Lonestar Community College. Originally from El Salvador but raised here in Houston. I love to laugh, movies, and all sorts of pastas. Nothing beats a good smelling candle! I look forward to providing the best customer service possible to all our members!

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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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    Rachel Mendez Front Desk Representative
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    Rachel Mendez Front Desk Representative

    Hi! My name is Rachel, I’m currently studying to become an oral surgeon at the University of Houston in Downtown! I love running long distance and eating sushi. I’m Honduran but grew up in Houston. I always look forward to giving a Golden Experience and am excited to meet you! Ellis Certified Lifeguard

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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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