Happy Swimmer Management Bios
Jenn holds a Bachelors of Science degree from UCLA, and a Masters in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She’s been Chair of the AHA Los Angeles CPR Training Centers network, and been involved in many drowning prevention charities, and swim organizations over the years. Jenn’s life is based on the spiritual principles of kindness, compassion and service.
As Jenn looked into the faces of her first swimming youngsters, in 1991, she asked herself “What do people want to be in life?”- Happy… And from the look of his students was then born our name “Happy Swimmers.” Twenty-two clients made up our first year. With a commitment to quality and teaching swimming from a kind-hearted, LOVE based method in the comfort of ones own pool, over 25 years later and over 500 families a season now show our philosophy has paid off.
There is a bond that forms between our precious students and our kind instructors, and that trust is what propels the lessons to their beautiful results, all done in a nurturing, gentle format, or its not Happy Swimmers.
God Bless, Namaste, Shalom,
Peggy has been “Peggy in Paradise” since 1999, when she moved to Kauai from Seattle, Washington, where she worked as a budget analyst for Seattle University. Her goals in life are to help others, help make the world a better place, and to have a lot of fun doing it. Her motto is “Expect the Best!” She likes to walk, garden, bead, make dolls, and watch Elvis movies with her sweetheart.”
After working as an LAPD scientific investigator for 11 years I transitioned to completing my M.S. degree in Chemistry then followed a teaching and research path in university academics for several years. I then moved to Hawaii in 2008 where I first joined the JTA CPR/ Happy Swimmers team as a CPR/First Aid instructor. During these years I had always made a priority in volunteerism being active in the National Ski Patrol and the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Today I reside in Houston and presently support Help America Today turning elementary aged kids into the volunteers of tomorrow through grassroots community service projects. My passion for teaching and making a positive impact on our society is why I love teaching CPR and First Aid, particularly for those never certified. I am proud to now expand into the administrative staff of the company and be a part of turning children into happy swimmers.
My parents had me in the water at 6 months old, and I have loved swimming for a long as I can remember. I swam on swim teams for 10 years and played water polo for 4 years. I started teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding when I was 16 and have experience working with swimmers of all ages and abilities, plus coaching swim team. I enjoy teaching technique and stroke work, but regardless of the level, safety is my top priority. I love working with Happy Swimmers because the staff and clients are amazing! I like the one-on-one, nurturing teaching style we have because I’ve seen what a big impact it has had on how quickly the students progress.
I am so very excited to have joined this team of Happy Swimmers representing the NorCal region of the company. Service is the watchword. Our team offers the best of the best, albeit Lifeguard training, CPR training or private lifeguard services. When I’m not coordinating and helping save lives, you can find me hangin’ at the beach, riding my bike or most likely, on my local private dancefloor aka my kitchen cooking up a storm for myself and my love.
Hello, I’ve been actively teaching swim lessons for six years and enjoy this more than any other profession I’ve ever been involved in. There is nothing better than doing what you love for a living and being able to teach and share it with others. I get to teach a child; learn life long skills that last a life time, as well as safety and the joy of the water. I’m always amazed at how students learn so much in a short period of time. It also fun to watch them, “Strut Their Stuff” when they become confident at what they have learned. I started swimming at age 3 and have never enjoyed anything more than the water. I have been a competitive swimmer, PADI diver and Coast Guard Auxiliary member for many years.
17 years swim lesson teaching experience! Go Glori!
Hi, my name is Glori. I started swimming before I could walk and fell in love with the water. I began swimming competitively at age 6 and did that through high school. I have also life guarded and taught swim lessons for 15 years. I love teaching others to swim and hope to share that love of the water with others. I also teach preschool during the week. I have taught kids and adults and individuals with special needs. I love swimming and want everyone to have a great experience in the water. My picture was taken in the Mediterranean sea a few years back.
Why a Lifeguard at my age? I was teaching water fitness and I asked myself would I be able to respond to a water emergency? No. I became certified within 3 months. Being in the water has always been natural to me. Lessons starting at 4 and the Swim and Dive Team by 10. Fun Water safety and being water safe that’s my motto. Being older I believe I have that extra edge. That experience, the intuition. Call it loving what you do and enjoying the moment. Anything you enjoy doing you do well.
Now, I’m the Co-Lifeguard Manager, and Senior Lifeguard Instructor for Nor Cal. I look forward to serving you!
My background is in the legal profession working as a legal secretary for many years. I stopped working to raise two children who are now young adults. My daughter is a teacher in the Portland school district, and my son is an artist who lives on the East coast. For the last twenty-four years, I worked as a Special Education Assistant in the Los Angeles Unified School District. For twenty of those years I worked with at-risk students and students with special needs at the secondary level. These students resided in a residential facility, and I worked closely not only with the entire school staff but with the social workers and staff at the residential placement. I am excited to be part of the Management Team of Happy Swimmers and look forward to working with you.
Debbie is a graduate of CSUN with a background in teaching Physical Education and Special Education for students with Specific Learning Disabilities. She had worked for LAUSD as a teacher for 37.5 years. She has also been a Professional Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training Instructor with the American Red Cross and LAUSD. She has taught First Aid and CPR for over 30 years and feels that it is important to give back to the community. She has a strong background in working with the community in planning and scheduling events for the Civic Center Division for LAUSD. Debbie is excited to be a part of the Instructor Team for JTA CPR and looks forward to being part of the expanding Management Team of Happy Swimmers. In her free time, Debbie loves to hike, ski where ever there is snow, swim and travel.