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We are proud of our team members; every one of them loves to swim and loves to teach. They are a dedicated group of professionals who care about the students they instruct. They have a passion to instill the three C’s (comfort, confidence, and competence) of swimming that will translate into a lifetime of fun and exercise. Click the links below for more information.

3C’S = COMFORT, CONFIDENCE, AND COMPETENCE

Devyn

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Devyn grew up being curious and competitive. At the age of 4, his family learned he had a condition in his right eye, called staphyloma. That…

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KATHRYN L.

Kathryn L. has been a swim instructor since 2014, and has been swimming for over 18 years. She loves teaching children, as it is always the highlight of her day.…

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MEGAN N.

DECKHAND
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KELLY GAINES

OWNER & BIG FISH

Kelly is a licensed Physical Therapist and has a degree in Nutritional Sciences. She is a passionate advocate for children and avid promoter of water safety and drowning prevention. Kelly…

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STEPHANIE TOMALIS

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Stephanie is Charlotte Aquatic’s Program Director. She has a BA in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been working with children since 1997 in school settings, camp settings,…

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SHELLY WICKERD

OFFICE MANAGER

In addition to being an instructor, Shelly Wickerd is our Office Manager. She graduated high school in 2011 and is planning to attend CPCC and to later transfer to UNCC…

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GIGI GRAHAM

INFANT/TODDLER COORDINATOR

Ms. Gigi was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she graduated from Sao Paulo University with degrees in General and Physical Education. In Brazil, she was a teacher, as well…

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KAYLAN

DECKHAND

Kaylan is a student at South Mecklenburg High School, and can’t wait to go to college. She has been swimming since she was little, and loves it as a relaxing…

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ELIZABETH

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Elizabeth attends Queens Grant High School. Her favorite things to do in her free time are play guitar and piano, theater (acting), swimming, playing with her pet hamster, and singing.…

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REBECCA

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Rebecca is from Matthews, North Carolina. Rebecca joined the Charlotte Aquatics team in February 2018 as a Teaching Assistant. In 2016 she graduated from Parkwood High School and continued her…

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KAITLYN

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Kaitlyn is a Teaching Assistant and works in the office as an Administrative Assistant. She goes to the University of South Carolina Lancaster and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in…

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AMANDA

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Amanda is a Teaching Assistant at Charlotte Aquatics. She currently attends Nation Ford High School and will be attending University of South Carolina Lancaster in the fall to pursue a…

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GARRETT GHOLSTON

MARKETING MANAGER

Garrett has been swimming since she was a Tadpole at Atlantis Swim club at age 2 in Orlando, FL.  Since then she has lived in 8 states and loves the…

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WILLIAM

INSTRUCTOR

William was born in Mexico but moved to North Carolina as a child. William, a high school senior, is the son of Mr. Mike and maintains that he taught Mr.…

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MIKE

INSTRUCTOR

Mike has been teaching for more than 15 years and is a recipient of the United States Swim School Associations 2011 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Mike has always…

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KRISTEN

INSTRUCTOR

Kristen has her associate’s degree in early childhood education from CPCC. She will continue her education at UNCC to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Kristen has always enjoyed…

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MEGAN M.

INSTRUCTOR

Megan is a Swim Instructor and a Teacher’s Assistant. She is currently studying Civil Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She first started working with children when…

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KATHRYN

INSTRUCTOR

Kathryn, was born and raised in North Carolina. She has been working with children for over ten years, swam competitively through her college years, and coached her neighborhood swim team…

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LEXIE

INSTRUCTOR

Lexie is currently is a Providence High School student and is hoping to attend UNC at Chapel Hill to become a pharmacist. Lexie has developed a love for the water…

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DEBORAH

INSTRUCTOR

Deborah has her BSBA in business administration from Appalachian State University. After graduating college, Deborah worked as a flight attendant for fourteen years before making the decision to be a…

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KATIE BENTON

LOWER LEVEL COORDINATOR

Katie adores working with children of all ages and watching them learn to love and respect the water. Katie, who aspires to become a grief counselor for children, is currently…

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LIZ NORDQUIST

UPPER LEVEL COORDINATOR

Liz is the Upper Level Coordinator. She swam competitively from 10th grade in high school all the way through her senior year in college. While in high, school she was…

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