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Abby

Abby is a rising senior at BC who studies Environmental Geosciences. She is originally from Boca Raton, Florida, where she learned to swim at the age of three and swam competitively for 6 years. She has taught swim lessons to children ranging from ages 1-12 for the past two summers and is American Red Cross Certified in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instruction, First Aid, and CPR/AED; in addition Abby is a PADI Certified Open Water SCUBA Diver.

Abby has worked at the Plex for the past three years, and has a wide range of experience working with children of all levels and ages that stems from both her teaching experience and her experience working as a nanny.

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Aiden

Aiden is 18 years old and will be a senior at Needham High School in the fall. He taught learn to swim classes, private lessons, and coached the Eaglets swim team last year.  He was a summer member of the Boston College Flynn Recreation Complex for a number of years prior to working there. He has been swimming competitively since the age of eight, and has worked diligently to improve his skills. He believes that swimming is a great skill to have and is useful for improving personal fitness. He is ready to work with you to help your child learn to swim or improve upon their exsiting aquatic skills.

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Carolyn

Carolyn is a rising junior in the Lynch School of Education. She is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard and water safety instructor. She has teaching swim lessons for three years now. Carolyn enjoys seeing a child's face light up whenever they accomplish something new in the water. She strives to help every child feel safe in and around the water, as well as show them how much fun swimming can be.

 

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Estelle

Estelle is a junior biology major at BC. She is an American Red Cross certified swim instructor. She swam competitively on a club team based out of Harvard for over 10 years, and she also swam varsity for her high school team. She began teaching 3 years ago at MIT, helping both children and adults develop their comfort level and swimming skills in the water. She can't wait to continue teaching for her third year at BC, and is excited to pass on her knowledge and excitement about swimming to both children and adults.

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Kerry

Kerry O’Connor is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire, where she is studying marketing and finance.  She has been working at the Plex for eight years and teaching swimming lessons for 6 years.  She started swimming competitively when she was 10 and swam competitively until high school.  While in high school, she swam in the conference meet both junior and senior year.

She has taught both group and private lesson for people of all ages. She knows that swimming involves a lot of small parts and is hard to see, but she will set goals which help the children see that every little part matters in order to be the best swimmer they can be.

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Jillian

Jillian is a rising junior at Boston College studying Education and History with a minor in Special Education.  She is originally from Rochester, NY where she has worked as a camp counselor, lifeguard and swim teacher and has experience with all ages and levels of swimmers.  As an education major, she has been able to refine her skills working with students with special needs as well as treating all students with respect and integrity. 

From all of her experience working with children in and out of the pool, she has a variety of techniques to ensure children are safe in and around the pool.  Being certified as a lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor has helped Jillian realize her passion for teaching as she can see first-hand her students grasp concepts.  Jillian can’t wait to continue her passion for teaching in the pool.

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Joni

Joni Cheung is a pre-med biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences.  She is a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Flynn Recreation Complex. Prior to Boston College, she swam competitively and was captain of her high school Varsity swim team and club team.  She has taught large groups for 3 years at a school program as well as private lessons over the summer. Joni has gained experience teaching children of all levels, from kids who simply needed to get accustomed to the water to kids who were refining their strokes and building endurance.  She loves watching children progress in their skills and enjoys seeing them find their love for the water.

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Katie

Katie Berlin is a rising senior at BC. She’s been swimming competitively for over 10 years and assistant coaching for five. She has been also teaching group and private lessons to kids of all ages 6 month-15 years as well as some adult lessons.

 

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Kim

Kimberly is a rising senior at Boston College in the Pre-medical program, and a member of the BC Women’s Varsity Swim Team, competing in the sprint freestyle events. She is from Virginia Beach, VA where she swam competitively on summer league, club, and high school teams for a combined 14 years. She was a beach lifeguard in Virginia Beach for five summers and is First Aid and CPR/AED certified, as well as certified in ocean rescue safety.

Kim also competed regionally and nationally in lifeguard competitions in events including swimming, running, and the Ironman. Her pre-med background and knowledge of water safety, along with her swimming experience ensures that swimmers will learn a great deal about swimming in a safe environment. She has helped swimmers of all ages improve their swimming skills and loves seeing them progress in the pool. Swimming is a tough sport, and not only is it important to be able to swim well, but it is also fun!

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Lauren

Lauren is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard and swim instructor with a passion for swimming and teaching. Growing up, she spent her summers swimming on a swim team from age six through high school. She has taught lessons for the past four years to kids mostly ages 3-14, but has experience working with kids and adults of all ages and levels. Lauren loves connecting with kids to help them develop their swimming skills and confidence, and understands the importance of providing a comfortable and exciting environment in the pool. During her lessons she integrates a variety of skills and techniques while emphasizing the importance of safety and fun!

 

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Mary

Mary graduated from Needham High School this year. She plans to attend the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing in the fall. Mary has been swimming competitively for 12 years. She was a four season varsity swimmer at Needham High School and was captain her senior year. This is Mary’s first teaching lesson, but she assisted with some groups last year.

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Mike

Mike is a second year MA student in the philosophy department. He is a native Californian who has been swimming for over 15 years and played water polo for 10. He has been a lifeguard for 8 years. He played a year of D1 water polo at Fordham and has since played club in San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and San Antonio. He also enjoys master’s swimming. Last spring he taught intro water polo to children ages 6-12

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Sebastian

A competitive swimmer until age sixteen, Sebastian is focused on teaching his students proper technique for each stroke. Going into his second summer as a teacher at the plex, he believes that one of the most valuable skills in life is knowing how to swim, resulting in his dedication to his students and their learning. As a graduate of Newton North high school this spring, Sebastian is thrilled to be teaching such a valuable skill to such motivated students of all ages.