Abby is a sophomore studying Elementary Education. She was on summer swim team for eight years, where her favorite event was individual medley which includes every swim stroke. She is a lifeguard at NC State. Abby is Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified. She has taught swim lessons for three years with a variety of ages ranging from 2-15. She also taught swim lessons to several children with special needs. She became a swim instructor because helping children is one of her passions and she loves to see the children improve and gain confidence in the water. This rewarding experience is one of the reasons she decided to go into Elementary Education.
Abigail is a sophomore majoring in Human Biology. She has taught adults and children of all ages swim lessons for the past three years. Abigail is a swim instructor because she thinks swimming is an important safety skill that everyone should have and she wants to share her love of swimming with others. Abigail is Lifeguard and CPR/First Aid certified.
Aylin Duruman is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She has swam competitively her whole life and has been teaching swim lessons for four years. Aylin enjoys teaching people the joys of swimming and helping people learn this life saving skill. She looks forward to working with you.
Brooke is a sophomore in Political Science and is pursuing a Coaching Education minor. Brooke started swimming when she was 8 years old with a summer swim team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved on to swim for her local club and high school varsity teams. Brooke is currently a member of the NC State Club Swim team.
Brooke started teaching swim lessons in middle school with her club swim team and moved forward to help coach her summer swim team for the next four years. Over the past two summers, she has coached for a club swim team in West Virginia. During this time, she has taught introductory swimming skills during swim camps and private lessons to club swimmers looking to improve technique. Brooke enjoys seeing the joy on swimmers' faces when they realize how much they have improved and sharing her love for swimming to others. Brooke is a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard. She is also certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid.
Cailin is a sophomore majoring in biology. She swam competitively at SWIMMAC for five years and on a varsity high school team for four years. She was on the NC State Club Swim team last year and currently swims for exercise a couple times a week. She also coached a Junior Swim League at SWIMMAC for several years in high school and taught private lessons last summer. She became a swim instructor because she thinks that swimming is an important skill to learn and she loves working with others. She has been a lifeguard for the past two years. She is Lifeguard, CPR, and First-Aid certified.
Isabella is a freshman majoring in Social Work. She learned how to swim independently at age 2 and has since fallen in love with the water. Isabella competed on a club team for six years and on her high school swim team for three years. She has worked at two different pools and mainly taught swim lessons in a one-on-one and group setting. She has experience in teaching kids from 18 months to mid-40's. Her most experience is with ages 3-8, but still loves teaching advanced swimming to older patrons. She is a swim instructor because she has a passion for swimming as a sport as well as working with children. Isabella loves children and hopes to spend the rest of her life working with them in the field of Social Work. She enjoys teaching advanced swim skills and giving others the ability to use the water to exercise. She is CPR certified as well as Water Safety Instructor and Red Cross Lifeguard certified.
Jenna is a junior studying Biology. She grew up swimming with her family at their local pool every day during the summer. When they weren’t swimming at the pool, they were tubing on the lake or kayaking across lake norman. Even though Jenna was never on a competitive swim team, she compensated with lots of fun aquatic activities. During the summer of 2017, Jenna participated in Charlotte’s Safety Around Water (SAW) Program. She was able to work with an amazing team, teaching children from underserved communities about important water safety and basic swim techniques. As a swim instructor, she believes that swimming is not only a fun, engaging, and healthy activity, but it is also a necessary skill that everyone should learn. She is certified in CPR/First Aid, YMCA Swim Instructing and as a Lifeguard.
JoEllen is a senior studying Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship in the Poole College of Management. She has been swimming for 12 years on various levels of swim teams and has been a coach for a recreational league for four summers now.
JoEllen is Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certified and has been teaching swim lessons for three years for a variety of levels and age ranges. She won Instructor of the Year for University Recreation in 2016. JoEllen loves seeing client’s faces when they realize how much of an improvement they have made. To JoEllen, the look is rewarding and priceless.
Jordan is a senior studying Microbiology with a concentration in Health Science. She swam competitively for 10 years for a year-round team as well as for her high school. Jordan is also on the NC State Club Swim team.
She has experience in teaching swim lessons for all skill levels and ages in both the private and group setting. She has seven years of instructor experience, with the past three years being with the UREC Aquatics team. Last year she won the Instructor of the Year award at University Recreation. She is certified as a Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor and holds CPR/First Aid and Emergency Oxygen certifications. She teaches swim lessons because she enjoys giving clients a valuable skill they will use for the rest of their life. Jordan loves positively impacting others and seeing the individual growth of a client.
Kristiana is a sophomore majoring in Biology at NC State. She was born in Hawaii where she developed a love for swimming and the water. She has been swimming as long as she remembers. She was a member of her high school’s varsity team for all four years, starting her freshman year. She is currently involved in the NC State Club Water Polo team and is the Vice President of the women's team. She is certified in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid, and as a Water Safety Instructor by the American Red Cross.
Kristiana has been teaching swim lessons at her summer pool for three years. She has taught both group and private lessons to kids ages 4-16 at NC State. Kristiana loves being a swim instructor because her passion for swimming and love for the water. She wants to make a difference in the world and feels sharing her knowledge of swimming and water safety to others is a great way to start.
Laura graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies in May 2017. She is now pursuing her Masters of Education at NC State in School Counseling and expects to graduate in May 2019. She likes to bike, run and swim. One of her proudest accomplishments was completing a Sprint Triathlon in August of 2017. This impacted Laura and pushed her to become a swim instructor.
Laura has teaching experience with student’s ages 2-18 and is very passionate about community engagement. She began teaching swim lessons at UREC in September 2017 and loves getting to meet and interact with new people of the Wolfpack community at the aquatics center. She is Red Cross certified in CPR/AED.
Macy is a freshman studying Applied Mathematics at NC State. She has been a competitive swimmer on a year-round team for 14 years along with swimming for her high school all four years. She has been giving swim lessons for the past several years. She has given swim lessons for all ages and understands that each person has a different goal for their lessons. She enjoys getting to know the person taking the lesson and what in particular he or she hopes to gain from his or her swim lessons. For her entire life, her swim coach was her dad. He showed her how to teach others to swim and inspired her to continue to teach when she came to NC State. She really enjoys getting to meet people who want to be active in water in a relaxed capacity or competitively. Macie is also Lifeguard and CPR/AED certified.
McKenzie is a junior majoring in Elementary Education. She started to swim at the age of 4 and began competitive swim at age 8. Competing for her high school swim team, she won the State Championship meet in the 50 yard Freestyle as well as placed third in the 100 yard Freestyle her senior year.
McKenzie is certified in WSI, Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid. She has five years of both coaching and instructor experience with many different age and skill levels. This is her second year as an instructor for University Recreation. She loves being a swim instructor because it allows her to share her passion for swimming as well as her knowledge of water safety to the NC State Community.
Michael is a Sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Physics. He began swimming at age 5 when he joined a local summer league team. At the age of 12 he began swimming competitively year round for the Marion Diehl Swim Team in Charlotte, NC. Michael continued to become a top competitor for his high school swim team. He is currently a member of the NC State Club Swim team. Michael is certified as a Water Safety Instructor by the American Red Cross.
Michael has trained as a swim coach under Franke Bell, a very well known swim coach in Charlotte, while also an assistant coach for the swim team at the Carmel Country Club. Michael loves being able to focus on his students’ strokes and providing people the opportunity to learn a skill that will benefit their lives through both health and safety.
Miranda Irby is a junior studying Marine Science, with a concentration in Biological Oceanography. She started swimming at a very young age, and has taught swim lessons since the age of 16. She became a swim instructor to teach someone a skill that they may use for the rest of their life. She believes that seeing students’ progress from fearing the water to swimming on their own is one of the best feelings. Miranda is a lifeguard and swim instructor here at NC State University Recreation and the Alexander Family YMCA. In addition to her Lifeguard certification, she is also CPR, First Aid, and AED certified.
Paige is a sophomore at NC State University. She swam for the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club (MAC) for five years and all four years of high school. Paige worked at SwimMac swim school this past summer and is completing her second year working for University Recreation. She is a member of the NC State Club Swim team and also works as a lifeguard for UREC.
Paige is CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard certified. She loves teaching swim lessons and being able to share her passion for the water by teaching individuals how to swim and be safe.
Sara is a sophomore majoring in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Urban Sustainable Infrastructure. She began swimming competitively for seasonal teams at the age of 5, joined a year round swim team in middle school and competed on both her year round team and her high school varsity swim team until graduating. Sara is a member of the NC State Club Swim team.
In high school, Sara began to teach swim lessons to children at Charlotte Aquatics. She has continued to teach swim lessons to a variety of age groups and skill levels. Sara also holds Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid certifications. To her, the most rewarding part of being a swim instructor is promoting proper water safety habits and sharing her love of the water.
Soren is a senior majoring in Political Science and Communication. He began swimming in swim lessons at age 5, and began swimming competitively in elementary school back in Denmark. He has been involved with instructing swimming for four years and is currently working as a student coach for the NC State varsity swim team. Soren represented his home country Denmark at the summer 2016 olympics in Rio. He also swam for NC State competitively and is a two time NCAA champion. He is excited to become a swim instructor with UREC and share his knowledge and love of swimming with the Wolfpack community.
Spencer is a sophomore majoring in Political Science. He began swim lessons at age 5 and began swimming competitively in elementary school. He has been involved with instructing swimming for four years, as the head coach of his neighborhood swim team and as a YMCA Swim Lesson Instructor. Spencer is also involved with the NC State Club Swim team.
Spencer is a certified YMCA Lifeguard and Y Swim Instructor. In addition he holds certifications in CPR/AED, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen administration. He is excited to be a swim instructor with UREC and share his knowledge and love of swimming with the Wolfpack community.
Stephanie is a junior in Microbiology with a minor in English. She began swimming at the age of 4. Stephanie began competitive swim when she joined her high school team where she reached the Regional and State competitions. She also joined the NC State Club Swim team.
Stephanie has experience as a coach for a local swim team and has instructed all ages and skill levels. She joined the UREC Aquatics team in Spring of 2016. Her passion for the water and swimming drives her desire to be a swim instructor. She wants to spread the joy of the sport by helping others learn how to swim and water safety. She is a Red Cross Certified Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid Certified, and Water Safety Instructor Certified.