Training Supervisor Shelby has taught and managed in the swimming world for over 15 years. During those years of teaching swim lessons to multiple age groups and levels, she has learned to work with different personalities, learning abilities, and cultures. She enjoys the challenge of meeting the individual needs of each child, being recognized by the National Swim School Association by receiving the outstanding teacher award. As a pool manager and general manager of a swim school, she understands the unique health benefits that swimming and water exercises have in the health world. She knows that health and wellness affect our quality of life and it is her hope to encourage people to make healthy life choices through her classes and interaction with students and parents. Shelby’s certifications are in American Red Cross Lifeguarding /First Aid/CPR, AED and AEA Water Fitness Certification. She also holds Swim Angelfish Methodology Certification. We are very lucky to have Shelby as our Splash! Training Supervisor & Splash! Angel Program Director!
Office Supervisor Andréa is excited to join the Splash! team. Though she doesn’t teach in the water, she has taught theatre classes and directed plays for children for several years and loves working in fun, educational environments. Outside of Splash!, Andréa is an actor. You can find her on various Milwaukee stages and, occasionally, in commercials. Her free time is spent planning adventures with her family and dog. We are so glad to have her in the position of Splash! Office Supervisor.
ALTS Instructor Julie Anderson comes to us as our first Adult Learn to Swim, certified instructor. She had extensive training through US Masters Swimming and specializes in teaching adults who are fearful of the water how to swim by integrating yoga based breathing and relaxation techniques. Julie was a high school swimmer and All- American swimmer at University of Wisconsin -Eau Claire. After a career as a Pediatric RN, and raising 3 children, she returned to competitive swimming in 2014 and competed at US Masters Nationals. That same year, she placed in the top 50 in breaststroke at the FINA World Championships. In addition to working with non swimmers, she is also certified to teach stroke technique and refinement. Certifications in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, CPR/ first aid/AED and BLS/CPR for Healthcare providers. We are very honored to have Julie as our Splash! ALTS instructor Julie also from time to time teaches some of our children swim classes. 🙂
Splash! Swim Instructors
We are so thrilled to have each & every one of these amazing individuals be a part of our Splash! teaching staff!
Ms. Sarah loves adventures and has always found water to be a wonderful avenue for them. A recreational swimmer who took lessons as a child, she appreciates the independence and fun that swimming skills offer. While studying overseas she became scuba certified and participated in marine archaeology. She began working with children 12 years ago on overnights aboard the historic submarine USS Cobia. The last several years she has provided childcare for some fantastic private families. Now that those kids are a bit older, teaching at Splash! is a wonderful way to combine a love for the water and for helping children along their journeys. As they learn to swim, she hopes to help her students be self-confident through achieving big and little successes, and to encourage them to persevere through challenges. She adores the babies at Splash!, but enjoys teaching the Minis and Preschoolers just as much! Sarah also loves being with her son, being outdoors, cycling, yoga, reading, and making things.
Ms. Gretchen has been swimming ever since she was a baby. As a high school student, she attended Homestead High School where she participated in several clubs and organizations, including the Girl’s Swim and Dive team. Now a sophomore in college, Gretchen attends the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she is double majoring in Child Psychology and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. While she’s not in class, Gretchen enjoys swimming, playing the cello, reading, and spending time with her cat, Mittens. Gretchen enjoys working with children of all ages, especially school age children who are developing more advanced swimming skills. Gretchen hopes she can share her love of the water with all of her swim students at Splash!
Mr. Max is from Whitefish Bay and currently attends Whitefish Bay High School. He plans on attending college in the future. As a child, he started swim lessons at the age of 5. He loves working with kids, and has past experience with having younger brothers and providing lots of babysitting. He really wants his swim students to enjoy the water and have it be a fun place to be, as well as learn the skills of swimming & drowning prevention. In addition to swimming, Max plays volleyball and runs track. He also volunteers at The Miracle League in the summertime.
Ms. Anika currently resides in Germantown, WI & attends Germantown H.S. She is an aspiring orthopedic surgeon, so she will be studying both Pre-med and Chemistry. She would also love to minor in Spanish and study abroad in Argentina in the future. Anika began swimming at 6 months old, and has had a love of the water ever since! She currently swims for both MFSC (Menomonee Falls Swim Club) and the Germantown H.S. summer team. She has certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid, and Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguard. Anika loves swimming, and she wants to share that passion with kids from a very young age so they enjoy the water, rather than fear it. She is also a natural leader who wants to show children how to be comfortable in the water & eventually compete if they wish. She loves the way swimming can bring people together on a team, as well as in a class. Anika has past experience working with children from being a nanny, volunteering at many events centered around taking care of kids in the Germantown School District Area, and teaching pre-competitive swim lessons at MFSC before coming to Splash. Some further interests of Anika include playing piano since kindergarten, acting as Student Council Vice President, and volunteering through organizations such as the National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society & the Environmental Club.
Mr. Fynn’s was born in Landor, Wyoming, and now lives in Thiensville, WI. He currently attends Homestead High School where he will be a senior. His plans for the future are to join the military- either the Air Force or Marines. He was a member of both Ozaukee Swim team and HHS Swim team. His current certifications include CPR, AED, First Aid, Red Cross Lifeguard & Water Safety. Fynn loves being in the water, and really wants to make swim lessons fun and engaging for his swim students. In addition to swimming, Fynn also enjoys skateboarding and music.
Ms. Brooke resides in Mequon, and currently attends Homestead High School. She has spent 7 years on the Schroeder Swim Team, and has been swimming since the age of 4 years old. Brooke is CPR & Life Guard Certified. Besides the sport of swimming, she loves to play soccer. She hopes to bring to her swim students all the experience she has gained from participating on swim teams and in competitive meets. She appreciates how her Splash! swim students put a big smile on her face every time she comes in to teach.
Ms. Emma resides in Germantown and attends Germantown High School. Her hope and plan for the future is to attend UW-Milwaukee and one day become pediatric nurse. As a child, Emma enjoyed swimming very much, especially at her grandparents’ pool. Currently, she swims at her high school and is part of Rocket Aquatics (swim club). She also continues to enjoy swimming with her family at the pool and swimming in the ocean on vacations. Her current certifications are in CPR, AED & Lifeguarding. She has additional experience working with children volunteering at her local elementary school and also in tutoring math. She hopes to share her great love of the water to her Splash! swim students, and wants to help them get over any fear they may have of the water. Emma also likes animals and volunteers at a shelter.
Ms. Alice’s – bio coming soon.
Ms. Katie K. is from the Mequon/Thiensville area, and attends Homestead High School. Her future plans include attending college in Wisconsin, and she wishes to go into the Nursing profession. Katie has been swimming for as long as she can remember at the WSAC (Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center). She has experience working with children through babysitting & also in assisting swim coaches with their kids at swim meets. Katie knows CPR & AED, and is working toward her official certifications. She is hoping to share her love & passion of the sport of swimming to her swim students. She personally loves how swimming is a big stress reliever in her life. She also thinks that swimming is a great way to meet new people, and she finds this very fun & interesting. In addition to swimming, Katie’s interests include photography & volunteering at the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Ms. Hannah is originally from Jackson, WI, and she attended UW-Platteville. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigation. Her plans for the future are to work at a police department in crime scene investigation. Hannah took swim lessons as a child, and continued on to join the swim team in high school. She has a passion for water safety, and wants to help her students face their fears in the water. She wants to be able to share her love of feeling “light-weightedness” in the water & feeling free. She has further experience teaching competitive swimming. Hannah holds certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid & Red Cross Lifeguard. In addition to her passion for both swimming & crime scene investigation, Hannah very much enjoys reading.
Ms. Laura -photo coming soon- is from Hubertus, WI and attends the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is studying Nursing, and hopes to be a nurse in a pediatric ICU. Laura took swim lessons when she was younger, then onto MFSC, and then joined the HUHS girls swim team from 2013-2017. There, she qualified for state twice. Laura has been teaching swim lessons for 2 years, and has experience teaching very young children all the way to adults. She is CPR certified and is working towards other certifications. Laura loves swimming because it gives her confidence and also provides challenges that make her a stronger athlete. Plus, she feels swimming makes the summers a lot more fun! She wishes to help her swim students grow in their swim and water safety skills. She wants to share her love of the water with them in a fun and memorable way! In addition to teaching swim lessons, Laura has also nannied for many families and has taught lessons up at school. She also enjoys cooking, baking, drawing, staying active, and volunteering at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Jen –photo coming soon- is originally from Richfield, WI and is currently attending Concordia University. She is studying Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech/Language Pathology). Her plans are to continue to grad school for further education. Jen has experience working with children through babysitting, working in a daycare, and also teaching swim lessons for 2.5 years before coming to Splash! as an instructor. She is CPR & AED certified, and is working towards further certifications. She loves teaching swim lessons & seeing the face of a child realize they can do something they previously thought impossible. Jen grew up around water and believes it is very important to know water safety and basic swimming skills/techniques. Jen also thinks that water is an excellent stress reliever, as well as a great way to have fun and burn energy. She really likes that swimming can be enjoyed individually or with others. In addition to teaching swim lessons, Jen also works with Zoey the Comfort Dog who is based out of CUW, and she also plays Ultimate Frisbee.
Mrs. B (aka Kim) – is originally from the Chicago Area, and now resides in the Richfield, WI area. She went to school at several institutions including North Central College where she studied Elementary Ed (BA); Northern Illinois University – MS Ed Psych / Doctoral Candidate (ABD) ; Western Illinois University EdS/Ed Admin. Her plans for the future are to enjoy each day as it comes! (Awesome advice! 🙂 ) Mrs. B says she can’t remember a time when she and her family were not in the water, swimming, boating, etc. That is why she moved to the Richfield/Bark Lake area to keep up the opportunities near the water with her grand-kids. Mrs. B has lots of experience working with children, including teaching swimming. She loves teaching, and she feels can contribute to the love and enjoyment of being in the water. She is certified in CPR, AED, First Aid and will be renewing her Red Cross Lifeguard soon. She volunteers at her church, and loves playing with her grand-kids, doing crafts, and exploring many academic areas.
Ms. Sydney – photo coming soon – is from Mequon, WI and she attends Homestead High School. She wants to go into sports medicine, and have a career as an athletic trainer. She has always loved to swim, and she has swam for OZ aquatics in the past. Not only does she think swimming is fun, she also believes it is a great workout and provides excellent stress relief. She hope to pass on the love of the water & this life long skill to her swim students. She is certified in CPR, AED & First Aid Training. She loves working with children in the water, and also has experience coaching softball camps. In addition to swimming & softball, Sydney also enjoys playing volleyball.
Photos & bios coming soon for: Ms. Alex, Ms. Allison, Ms. Anna, Mr. Bryce, Mr. Cody, Ms. Gabby, Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Sammy, & Ms. Stacy.