MEET THE SWIM SCHOOL FAMILY!

 

Kathryn Foster

Kathryn Foster

Swim School Director

Born and raised in North Carolina, Kathryn spent her summers vacationing with family along the Carolina and Virginia coast.  She began swimming at the age of three and took her love of the water on to high school to swim competitively.  

Kathryn taught swim lessons while an undergrad at UNC Charlotte before traveling  around Central America surfing and enjoying SUP Yoga. She is currently attending graduate school pursuing a degree in Transpersonal Counseling. Maverick, her one-year old pup, is discovering his own fascination of the water and together they are swimming and exploring all parts of Colorado.  

Thea Rogier

Thea Rogier

Swim Teacher & Training Administrator

Thea grew up living in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. She fell in love with sea turtles (and the ocean) when she was 2, joined her first swim team at 5, and got scuba certified when she was 11. She studied Biology at UCSB for undergrad and then spent some time working on a sea turtle conservation project in Barbados before doing a masters degree in Marine and Environmental Affairs at UW. When not in the pool or greeting customers at Ocean First, she can be found out adventuring and finding places to rock climb and swim with her dog, Maia.

Anna Lee

Anna Lee

Swim Admin

Anna Lee was born and raised in The Carolinas. Her father was stationed in the Coast Guard for many years, so the ocean has always been a part of her life. When she was 20 years old, she moved to Northern California, Sonoma County, to pursue a career in Hospitality Management. Most of her winters have been in Lake Tahoe, and a few of her summers have been working on a small cruise ship in Alaska. Her career choice also allowed her to travel/work in Arizona, Wyoming, and now Colorado. As a nature lover, she enjoys photography, backpacking, and traveling.

James Dubendorf

James Dubendorf

Swim Teacher

James grew up landlocked in small-town western Massachusetts. His love for the ocean was nurtured during childhood trips to southern Rhode Island - from eating sand to surfing hurricane swells, he was hooked. After majoring in cultural anthropology at Hamilton College, and attending the Williams Mystic Maritime Studies Program at Mystic Seaport, James studied contemporary social change on Pitcairn Island. James also built wooden boats in Maine and crewed on schooner Ellida sailing multi-night trips on the Penobscot Bay. James recently moved to Boulder for graduate school. When not in the pool, James runs a training business in the ski industry and enjoys outdoor adventures and campfire songs with his niece and nephew, and his dog Fitzroy.

 

Hannah Lea

Hannah Lea

Swim Teacher

Hannah grew up in Colorado swimming competitively alongside her sister.  After a shoulder injury in high school, she discovered a passion for teaching and coached a swim team for several years. Hannah is currently in her undergrad at CU majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering. When not in the water, Hannah enjoys experimenting as an amateur makeup artist and hopes to one day start a vegan, zero-waste cosmetics company with her chemical background.  

Grace Simonsen

Grace Simonsen

Swim Teacher

Grace, a Colorado native, grew up in the foothills of Lyons. She looks forward to the adventure each day brings; hiking, camping and traveling the world are some of her favorite past-times. Passionate about all life, she strives to protect the environment and to educate about the humans play in the health of our planet. When out of the water, Grace can be found teaching and practicing yoga, wandering with her dog, Oakly,or grooving along to her favorite oldies.

Drew Herrick

Drew Herrick

Swim Teacher

As Florida native, Drew has been exploring underwater as early as he can remember. Eventually, the mountains lured him to Durango, Colorado where he earned a degree in Adventure Education and spent several years working in the outdoor industry. Still, the ocean called and he moved to southeast Asia to continue developing his water skills. He became a Freediving Instructor in 2016 and taught courses in Thailand and the Philippines. To date, Drew has achieved breath holds over six minutes and depths of 200ft. Whether swimming, scuba diving, or freediving, he simply enjoys helping others develop comfort in the water and an appreciation for all the life within it! When Drew is not in the water, he’s usually hiking, mountain biking, or planning his next dive trip.

Alex Feltes

Alex Feltes

Swim Teacher

As an East Coast native, Alex’s love for the ocean began by spending every summer boogie boarding along the Jersey Shore. Her curiosity for the natural world continued to grow as she pursued degrees in conservation biology and global studies in undergrad. After graduating, Alex moved to Catalina Island and worked as a marine biology instructor and aquarist at the Catalina Island Marine Institute. She later moved up the coast towards central California and worked as an outdoor educator at the Coastal Institute. In both locations, Alex led students of all types on hiking, tide pooling, kayaking, and snorkeling expeditions, bringing their classroom outdoors.  Alex is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Journalism at CU to continue her mission to connect people with parts of the world they never imagined experiencing.

Jessica Schwartz

Jessica Schwartz

Swim Teacher

Jessica grew up in Illinois and spend her childhood camping all around the midwest with her family. In high school, she joined the swim team and quickly became passionate about swimming and water safety. She has been working in and around pools since 2014, first as a lifeguard and then as the manager of her town’s public pool. Jessica loves working with kids and is currently on the path towards becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. 

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