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Fall 2017 Instructors

Maria A. 

Availability: Mondays 4:30 - 6:00 PM & Tuesdays 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Maria is a sophomore at Boston College double majoring in Applied Psychology & Human Development and Communications. Maria has more than 14 years of competitive swimming experience and is a current member of the Varsity Swim Team. She has more than four years of experience teaching lessons and coaching swimmers ages 2-15 in her hometown of Bedford, New York. Additionally, since starting at Boston College she has worked with swimmers with special needs on stroke technique and getting comfortable with the water. Maria is looking forward to working with youth to help them develop skills in the water and foster a passion for the sport of swimming.

Hope D.

Availability: Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM & Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Hope is a junior at Boston College majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development. Hope swam competitively for seven years before becoming a member of BC’s varsity Women’s Swimming and Diving team. Hope is a summer swim team head coach at a community pool in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she coaches, manages, and trains 120 swimmers ages 6 to 19. She has four years of experience teaching young swimmers ages 6-10, and two years of experience coaching swimmers 11 years and older. In addition, Hope has volunteered on numerous occasions to provide swim lessons to children and young adults with special needs. Hope wants to foster a passion for swimming and teach fundamental skills of the sport to the swimmers she instructs. 

Sami F.

Availability: Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Sami is currently a freshman at Boston College majoring in Biology. Sami has been swimming competitively his entire life and is a member of the Varsity Swim Team at Boston College. He has coached age groupers for the past four years for his club team the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Sami also volunteered for project swim at Boston College during his first semester where he spent about an hour every weekend in the water with children with special needs. Sami believes that everyone should know how to swim and is excited to help new swimmers develop their technique and love for the water.

Charlie K.

Availability: Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Charlie is currently a sophomore studying Economics with a minor in Environmental Studies. He is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard and has worked at the Flynn Recreation Complex since September 2016. A member of the Varsity Swim Team, Charlie has spent the past fourteen years perfecting his swimming technique and ability. Charlie is passionate about swimming and enjoys teaching others to become comfortable and confident in the water at any age. 

Kevin M.

Availability: Mondays 4:30 - 6:00 PM & Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Kevin McConnell is a sophomore at Boston College studying Mathematics and Economics. He hopes to one day enjoy a field that combines the two subjects. He has been swimming his entire life, from swimming in his backyard pool, to swimming at the local beach on Long Island, to swimming and diving for his high school swim team. He has been lifeguarding at a day camp on Long Island for the past 2 years, and began teaching swim lessons to campers age 4-12 this past year. He particularly developed his skills in working with young swimmers at this camp. While most of his teaching experience comes from group lessons, he also has experience teaching individual lessons for swimming and diving.

Josh M.

Availability: Mondays 4:30 - 6:00 PM & Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Josh is a sophomore originally from Danvers, MA studying Political Science, music, and education at Boston College. He has been swimming competitively for nine years and was captain of his high school team his senior year. He has been teaching swimming to children and adults of all ages for the past six years and holds certifications in lifeguarding and swim instruction. He has experience in all levels of stroke development from first time swimmers to competitive swimmers, as well as experience working with children with special needs. Josh looks forward to helping young swimmers improve in their abilities and techniques.

Rebecca R.

Availability: Mondays 4:30 - 5:30 PM, Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM, & Thursdays 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Rebecca Ramjug is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Sociology on a Pre-Medical track. She started swimming at the age of nine on a local swim team in her hometown and continued with them until she entered high school. She received her lifeguard/CPR certification coming out of high school and has guarded at the Plex since the start of her freshman year. This is her first year teaching at the Plex, but she loves working with younger kids as she has three younger siblings of her own, the youngest of which is her age when she started swimming. In the other free time she has at BC, she's dancing for the Latin dance team, Vida de Intensa Pasiòn. She enjoys teaching because she loved learning how to swim herself at such a young age. 

Jeff T.

Availability: Mondays 4:30 - 6:00 PM, Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00 PM, & Sundays 2:00 - 4:30 PM

Jeff is currently a sophomore seeking a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. He is from Orange County, CA and has spent his life in and around swimming pools. He is an American Red Cross-certified lifeguard and swim instructor. This will be the second year he has worked at the Flynn Recreation Complex at Boston College teaching private and semi-private swim lessons. The past two summers he has worked at a pool in California teaching group lessons and children of varying skill levels. He is an energetic and fun loving instructor who is dedicated to helping swimmers become comfortable in the water as well as improve their swimming technique and strength.

Julianna 

Availability: Mondays 4:30 - 6:00 PM & Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:0 PM

Julianna a sophomore at Boston College majoring in Islamic Civilizations and Societies. Julianna has more than 14 years of competitive swimming experience and is a current member of the Varsity Swim Team at Boston College. She has more than two years of experience teaching lessons to children ages 3 - 6 and lifeguarding in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida. Additionally, since starting at Boston College, she has worked with swimmers with special needs on stroke technique and getting comfortable with the water through the volunteer organization Project Swim. Julianna is excited to expand your child’s familiarity and skills in the water while also sharing her love of the sport of swimming.

Fall 2017 Sunday Group Lesson Instructors

Despina G.

Hi! My name is Despina Georgiadis and I am a freshman in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College. I am studying Biology with intent on going to medical school and becoming a pediatrician. I love children which is shown through my past and present work experience. I have been a counselor in training at the Fessenden Day Camp since I was 13 and became a lifeguard and swim instructor my junior year of high school. The Gath Memorial Pool, in the city of Newton, is where I began working as a lifeguard and swim instructor. This job carried over to the Newton North Pool in the winter and spring. I currently work at the Gath Memorial Pool and pick up shifts at Boston College when available.

My swim experience started in the YMCA pool when I was five and has carried on until this day. I joined the Newton Bluefish Swim Team when I was nine and this summer is my ninth year swimming with them! I swam on my high school’s varsity swim team for three years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I not only love the water, but I love being a leader and inspiration to others!

Despina is certified as a lifeguard, water safety instructor, CPR, and babysitting.

Kevin M.

Hi, I am Kevin McConnell and I am a sophomore at Boston College. I am studying Mathematics and Economics and I hope to one day enjoy a field that combines the two subjects. I have been swimming my entire life, from swimming in my backyard pool, to swimming at my local beach on Long Island, to swimming and diving for my high school swim team. I have been lifeguarding at a day camp on Long Island for the past 2 years, and began teaching swim lessons to campers age 4-12 this past year. I particularly developed my skills in working with young swimmers at this camp. While most of my teaching experience comes from group lessons, I also have experience teaching individual lessons for swimming and diving.