Swim School Staff

Swim School Staff – Irvine Location


We realize the quality of our programs depends on the quality of our instructors. For this reason, our instructors are chosen based on their qualifications, communication skills, patience, and love for children. Our structured training program ensures that each student receives the finest hands-on instruction available. Regardless of their age or skill level, students will discover that continuous interaction with our warm and caring instructors develops trust and stability both in and out of the water. We are pleased to give our swimmers a qualified team of experienced, mature professionals who are devoted to making a positive impact on their students.

To preview the instructors at our other locations, select the appropriate facility below:

Carlsbad Location

Huntington Beach Location

Sierra Madre Location

Beverly Hills Location

Pasadena Location

San Jose Location

Highlands Ranch Location – New!

Aaron
Aaron
Rancho Santa Margarita
Aaron learned how to swim at a young age, and played water polo and competed on the swim team while in high school. He gained experience working with children as the eldest of six grandchildren, babysitting children ages three through fourteen over the last 15 years. Aaron is passionate about teaching swimming lessons and loves to make his lessons fun and interactive. He currently studies Nutrition at Santiago Canyon College. A fun fact about Aaron is that he loves the outdoors!

Adan
Adan
La Mirada
Adan learned how to swim at the age of seven. He grew up with a swimming pool and has always enjoyed being in the water. While in high school Adan spent three years taking Child Development courses, and he would go to the local elementary school to help tutor children ages 5-8. He also has babysat for his family members. He enjoys teaching swimming lessons because he is able to interact with his students and help them achieve their goals! In his free time Adan enjoys making music and swimming.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Ali
Ali
Anaheim
Ali began swimming competitively in 7th grade and continued throughout high school. Her favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is being able to see her students’ progress and the skills they develop through the process. Prior to Waterworks Aquatics, Ali was a group leader at the YMCA for 12-32 kids from K-6th grade and volunteered as an instructor at church teaching children 5-12 years of age. Ali also worked as a daycare assistant babysitting infants and children of varying ages. Ali is currently attending Cypress College to major in Child Development. During her free time, Ali enjoys hiking, playing sports, and reading. An interesting fact about Ali is that she loves to travel and go camping.

Additional Skills: Technique, Special Needs, Adult

Amy
Amy
Santa Ana
Amy began swimming at age 7 and swam competitively on the swim and water polo teams throughout high school. Her favorite event was the 500 yard Freestyle. Amy gained experience working with children of all ages as a babysitter. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing her students progress and accomplish their goals. Amy is currently studying Child Development and Counseling at Irvine Valley College. A few of Amy’s hobbies include playing the ukulele, paddle board yoga, playing water polo, and baking cakes.

Additional Skills: Trilingual in Spanish and American Sign Language

Angel
Angel
Huntington Beach
Angel was taught how to swim by his cousin at the age of 11. He caught on very quickly and has enjoyed swimming in pools and the ocean for the last 10 years. Angel has experience working with children ages 1-11 through babysitting and coaching little league baseball. Angel enjoys building connections with his students and helping them grow and develop their skills in the water! Angel currently attends Orange Coast College to major in Communications. Some of his hobbies include playing basketball, reading, and writing. A fun fact about Angel is: he was named Captain of both his track and cross country teams in high school.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in American Sign Language

Anthony
Anthony E.
Buena Park
He has loved the water ever since he learned how to swim as a small child. His favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is being able to interact with his students and seeing their progress after each lesson. Prior to Waterworks Aquatics, Anthony coached a little league baseball team. He also enjoys babysitting his nieces and cousins. Anthony attends Orange Coast College to major in Criminal Justice. During his free time, he enjoys playing baseball, surfing, and hiking.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Adult

Ashley
Ashley H.
Roseville
Ashley began swimming when she was 4 years old and has loved being in the water ever since. Her favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is seeing her students’ faces when they accomplish a new skill! While Ashley was a sophomore in high school, she enjoyed volunteering for an after school art program at a local elementary school where she helped children with a variety of art projects. She also was enrolled in a student teaching class her junior and senior years’ where they assisted teaching ESL students. Ashley attends Orange Coast College to major in Applied Psychology. In her free time she enjoys running and playing soccer.

Additional Skills: Special Needs

Brennan
Brennan
Buena Park
Brennan began swimming at age 6 and has participated in competitive surfing, sailing, water polo, and spearfishing. Brennan gained experience working with children of all ages as an after school acting and improv coach at Grace Christian School. In addition, he also worked as the assistant drama teacher at Brethren Christian Jr. and Sr. High School. His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing smiles on his students faces after each lesson. A few of Brennan’s hobbies include sailing, surfing, and spearfishing. An interesting fact about Brennan is: he was pictured in the LA Times for doing a back flip off the Williams Peak Pool high dive.

Additional Skills: Special Needs

Brooke
Brooke
Irvine
Brooke has been working with children since she was 12 years old. She has experience babysitting children of all ages and recently was a volunteer at the Blind Children’s Learning Center. Brooke loves the water and enjoys going to the beach as often as she can! Brooke’s favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is watching her students learn, grow, and become more confident in themselves as swimmers. In her free time, you can find her singing, playing sports, and cooking. An interesting fact about Brooke is that she loves mermaids, especially Ariel from the “Little Mermaid”.

Christian
Chris S.
Santa Ana
Chris learned how to swim at age 3 and took lessons consistently until 8th grade. His favorite stroke is Freestyle. Chris gained experience with children ages 8 to 12 while working as a girls basketball coach. He has also assisted his mother in her special needs class. Chris’ favorite part about teaching swim lessons is watching his students improve and reach their goals. Chris is currently studying Culinary Arts at Orange Coast College. A few of Chris’ hobbies include playing basketball, watching movies, and spending time with his family.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Adult

Christine
Christine
Costa Mesa
With over 12 years of extensive experience instructing children of all ages and abilities, we are thrilled to have Christine teaching at Waterworks Aquatics. She is a devoted instructor who will bring out the best in your little swimmer. She has taught at Waterworks since our very first season, we are delighted to have her on our staff!

Additional Skills: Technique, Adult

Cynthia
Cynthia
Orange County
Cynthia learned how to swim when she was six years old, swam competitively on her high school’s Varsity swim team, and competed on the water polo team. She swam the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and the 50 butterfly. She has worked with children ages three through twelve for five years as a volunteer at her church. She has a passion for teaching swimming lessons because she gets to pass on her love of swimming to her students. Cynthia is currently studying child development at California State University Fullerton. A fun fact about Cynthia is that she has had all kinds of different animals growing up – hamsters, mice, a rat, turtles, guinea pigs, a bird, and a fish!

Daniel
Daniel
Santa Ana
Daniel participated on the swim and water polo teams throughout high school. He competed in CIF’s for both sports as well. Daniel gained experience working with children grades K – 8th with the Orange County Watershed Education Ambassador Program. His favorite part about being a swim instructor is seeing his students learn and accomplish new skills. Daniel is currently studying English at Chapman University and plans on attending law school in the future. A few of Daniel’s hobbies include playing guitar, hiking, going to the beach, Ultimate Frisbee, and watching Netflix. An interesting fact about Daniel is he has seen Finding Nemo 5 times.

Eddie
Eddie
Santa Ana
Eddie began swimming at the age of 4 and took swimming lessons for 3 years while in elementary school. His favorite stroke is freestyle. Eddie has over 6 years’ experience as a basketball coach for children ages 5-10. His favorite aspect of teaching swimming lessons is being able to interact with his students on a personal level. Eddie is currently attending Santa Ana College to become a Registered Nurse. In his free time, Eddie enjoys playing basketball and working out. An interesting fact about Eddie is that he loves to compete in sports.

Additional Skills: Technique, Special Needs

Francisco
Francisco
Cerritos
Francisco learned to swim at a young age and has swam competitively for 5 years. He has played water polo with Los Alamitos International Water Polo Club, currently swims on his college swim team, and occasionally plays masters water polo. Francisco competed in the 100 yard Breaststroke, 200 and 400 yard Individual Medley, and the 200 yard Freestyle. Francisco’s greatest swimming accomplishments include going to CIF in high school for his 200 Individual Medley along with swimming a 28 second 50 yard breaststroke during a 200 yard Individual Medley relay which lead his team to conference finals! Francisco gained experience working with children of all ages as a volunteer for the Special Olympics program. His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing his students’ progress in the water. Francisco is currently studying Econometrics at Cypress College. A few of Francisco’s hobbies include going to the gym, playing with his dog, eating, and swimming.

Hallie
Hallie
Yorba Linda
Hallie began swimming when she was 1 year old and competed on her high school’s water polo and swim teams for 4 years. Her favorite strokes are Freestyle and Breaststroke. Hallie gained experience working with children ages 4 months to 7 years as a babysitter. She also volunteers for her church, leading bible studies for children. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing her students progress and have fun. Hallie is currently studying Biochemistry at Santiago Canyon College. A few of Hallie’s hobbies include art, spending time with friends, listening to music, swimming, and running. An interesting fact about Hallie is she loves elephants and hippos.

Hugo
Hugo
Santa Ana
Hugo learned how to swim at the age of 6 and began swimming competitively when he was 9 years old. In high school he competed at CIF’s with his Varsity swim and water polo teams. Hugo’s favorite stokes are Butterfly and Backstroke. While working at Disneyland for 4 years, Hugo enjoyed creating magical and memorable moments for children of all ages. He has also gained experience working with children through babysitting his cousins, ages 8 months – 9 years old. Hugo enjoys seeing his students achieve their goals and become strong, confident swimmers! Some of Hugo’s hobbies include: dancing, hiking, kayaking and photography. He is currently attending Fullerton College to major in Design. An interesting fact about Hugo is he has participated in swimming around the Huntington Beach Pier for the past 5 years!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Jeanie
Jeanie
Westminister
Jeanie began swimming at age 5 and competed on the swim team in high school for two years. Her favorite stroke is the Freestyle. Jeanie gained experience working with children ages 3 to 5 as a volunteer in Costa Rica. In addition Jeanie has worked as a nanny for a 8 year old girl. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is learning from her students and interacting with them in the water. Jeanie is currently studying Biology at Cal State Fullerton. A few of Jeanie’s hobbies include hiking, swimming, photography, cooking, painting, crafting, and gardening.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Vietnamese

Jose G
Jose G
Long Beach
Jose has extensive experience working with children and in the water. He learned how to swim at the age of eight years old. Jose swam competitively throughout high school, and also was an active member of Long Beach’s Water Polo Club. After graduating he went on to swim at the collegiate level for two years. He also coached the swim and water polo teams at Millikan High School. Jose has a strong passion for swimming, dedicating the past thirteen years to teaching children how to swim. He currently studies Recreation Management at CSU Long Beach, and in his free time he enjoys practicing jiu-jitsu and reading comic books.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Juan
Juan
Orange
Juan began swimming at the age of five. He went on to swim competitively in high school for three years on the Varsity team and his favorite events are the 100 butterfly and 500 Freestyle. Juan previously worked as a lifeguard at Waterworks Aquatics for one year, where he gained experience working with children of all ages. He is excited to create connections with his students and watch them grow as swimmers! When he is not at work Juan enjoys skating, playing video games and reading. He currently attends CSU Fullerton to major in English. An interesting fact about Juan is he can play several instruments including the guitar, trombone, and saxophone.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Julia
Julia
Mission Viejo
Julia learned how to swim at the age of 2 and she has been swimming ever since. She gained experience working with children ages 3 to 10 as an after-school program leader. She has also worked as a chaperone for a young girl that was working her way through chemotherapy. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is boosting her students confidence. A few of Julia’s hobbies include cooking, dancing, and being active. An interesting fact about Julia is she loves to make dessert and her family calls her “Sweets Queen.

Jussin
Jussin
Kappoa, Hi
Jussin learned how to swim as a toddler and competed on his high school’s water polo team for one year. He gained experience working with children as a babysitter for his 11 cousins. His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing how happy his students are when they learn a new skill. Jussin is currently studying Psychology at Orange Coast College. A few of Jussin’s hobbies include yoga, hiking, and pretending to know how to dance.

Kyle G.
Kyle G.
Huntington Beach
Kyle previously worked as an instructor here at Waterworks and, after spending a year studying abroad in Korea, we are happy to have him return. Kyle participated in his first swim competition at age 9 and continued to swim competitively throughout high school and college. He enjoys teaching swimming lessons because of all the connections he makes with his students and their families. Prior to Waterworks Aquatics, Kyle worked three seasons for a children’s summer program. In addition, while studying abroad, he worked at a school’s child center where he got to interact with children of varying ages. Kyle is currently attending Long Beach State University to major in Pre-Med. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, swimming and reading.

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Korean, Special Needs, Adult

Mary
Mary
Lake Forest
Mary has been swimming since she was 2 years old and has had a passion for being in the water ever since. When she was a child, she was on recreational swim teams and loved the fun atmosphere of competing. Mary has been babysitting since she was 13 years old and worked mainly with preschoolers. She is also a group leader at a vacation bible school and volunteers for her church’s youth groups, working with children ages 3-16. She adores working with children because she enjoys building her students confidence and watching them become stronger swimmers. Mary attends Irvine Valley College to study Early Childhood Development. She enjoys kayaking, going to the beach, and working out. An interesting fact about Mary is that she loves My Little Pony and Mario Kart!

Additional Skills: Special Needs

Mattheau
Mattheau
West Covina
Mattheau learned how to swim when he was six years old, and his favorite stroke is Freestyle. He loves being in the pool and played water polo throughout high school. He gained experience working with children through volunteering at his sister’s school and at the City of Hope’s Children Hospital. His favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is the daily interaction with his students and watching them progress at a new life skill. Mattheau currently attends Irvine Valley College and is majoring in Biology. A fun fact about Mattheau is that he loves super hero movies!

Matthew
Matthew
Irvine
Matthew first learned to swim at age 6. He swam competitively for 3 years where he competed in the 50 yard butterfly. Matthew also played water polo for 6 years where he trained with Olympian Bradley Schumacher and World Champion Justin Johnson! Matthew gained experience working with children as a 5th grade science teacher. His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing his students improve. Matthew is currently studying Psychology at Irvine Valley College. A few of Matthew’s hobbies include surfing, skateboarding, and golfing. An interesting fact about Matthew is his favorite superhero is Superman.

Additional Skills: Adult

MichelleC
Michelle C.
La Quinta
Michelle has been babysitting children of all ages since she was 12 years old and was a volunteer with the National Charity League, where she worked with the Special Olympic Bowling team and Desert Arc. She learned how to swim at the age of two and took swim classes at the age of 10 to learn the basic strokes. In high school Michelle joined the water polo team and played the goalie position, which also helped her to perfect her swimming techniques. She has previously worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor during the summer seasons. Her favorite aspect of being a swim instructor is having fun with her students while seeing them improve. Michelle attends the Laguna College of Art and Design to study Illustration. An interesting fact about Michelle is that she can play the guitar!

MichelleM
Michelle M.
Mission Viejo
Michelle began swimming at a young age and swam competitively for four years, starting when she was eight years old. Her favorite stroke is the Breaststroke and her favorite event is the 50 yard Freestyle. She gained experience working with children of all ages as a babysitter and volunteer at the day care in her church. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is teaching her students a fun life-long skill. Michelle is currently studying Nursing and Biological Oceanography at Saddleback College. A few of her hobbies include swimming, hiking, camping, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends. An interesting fact about Michelle is she loves going to Disneyland.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Adult

Morgan
Morgan
Corona
Morgan learned to swim as a young child and began swimming competitively at age six. In high school she competed on both the swim and water polo teams. Her favorite events were the 200 yard Individual Medley and 100 yard Breaststroke. Morgan gained experience working with children ages 6 months to 10 years old as a swim instructor. In addition, she has worked with children of all ages as a babysitter and tutor. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is being in the water working with her students. Morgan is currently studying Global Studies at Azusa Pacific University. A few of Morgan’s hobbies include swimming, going to the beach, and spending time with family. An interesting fact about Morgan is she loves The Little Mermaid.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Adult

Oscar
Oscar
Anahiem
Oscar learned how to swim when he was five years old, and swam competitively in high school. He gained experience working with children through coaching girls’ volleyball, coaching boys’ soccer, and helping the Garden Grove police explorers. His favorite things about teaching swimming lessons is interacting with his students, and teaching them in a fun and engaging manner. He majored in Psychology, and a fun fact about Oscar is that he loves to run with his dogs!

Additional Skills: Bilingual in Spanish

Rene
Rene
Anaheim
Rene learned to swim at a young age and competed in swimming and water polo throughout high school and college. Rene’s swim events included the 50 yard, 100 yard, and 200 yard freestyle along with the 200 yard Individual Medley. Rene’s accomplishments include serving as Team Captain for his swim and water polo teams and receiving the Most Improved award. While at Cypress College, Rene was coached by Larry Beidler who had trained Olympic Gold Medalist Janet Evans! Rene gained experience working with children through years of teaching swim lessons along with working as a lifeguard at the Disneyland Hotel. His favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing his students grow in the water.

Additional Skills: Technique

Savannah
Savannah
Newport
Savannah learned how to swim when she was six months old, her first lessons were mommy and me classes. She fell in love with swimming and went on to swim competitively for 8 years. Savannah gained experience working with children through being a deck guard where she would watch over children in the pool and organize fun games for them. She also volunteers her time helping choreograph musicals and performances for her old middle school. She is passionate about teaching swimming lessons because she enjoys watching her students’ excitement when they can swim on their own. Savannah is currently studying Sociology at Fullerton College. A fun fact about Savannah is that she loves crafting!

Sidney
Sidney
Mission Viejo
Sidney began swimming when she was one year old and has enjoyed swimming ever since. She gained experience working with children of all ages as a babysitter. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is seeing her students happy when they accomplish a goal. Sidney is currently studying Nursing at Cal State University, Fullerton. A few of her hobbies include dirt bike riding, running and working out. An interesting fact about Sidney is she used to be a track runner.

Tori
Tori
Garden Grove
Tori swam for four years throughout high school and for another two years at Golden West College. She was the 2015 Orange Empire Conference Champion for the 100 yard and 200 yard Breaststroke. Tori gained experience working with newborns to 13 year old children as a nanny and a volunteer at Sunday School. Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is getting to know her students. Tori is currently studying Communicative Disorders at Golden West College. A few of her hobbies include cooking, baking, and playing on the swings at the park. An interesting fact about Tori is she loves Disney movies, especially Tangled.

Additional Skills: Special Needs

Trever
Trever
Mission Viejo
Trever is currently attending Saddleback College and is majoring in Accounting and Communications. He has 9 years of competitive water polo experience and 2 years of competitive swimming experience. In high school, he played on the national water polo team in Hungary and Slovakia where his team took second place. Trever has also spent time babysitting his nieces and nephews. He is excited to teach at Waterworks Aquatics for the chance to develop his students into great athletes.

Additional Skills: Special Needs, Technique, Adult

William
William
Hemet
William learned how to swim when he was four years old and his favorite stroke is Freestyle. He started swimming competitively at age ten and continued throughout high school. William gained experience working with children through babysitting younger family members and life guarding at a summer camp. His favorite thing about teaching swimming lessons is being able to make an impact on his students’ lives by teaching them an important skill. William is currently majoring in Kinesiology at Orange Coast College. A fun fact about William is that he recently served four years in the military and got to travel the world!