Our Team of Instructors*
Barb started swimming the same time she began to walk! She swam competitively starting at age 7 and competed throughout high school. She started teaching swim lessons to children and adults while studying business and human resource management at The Ohio State University. After working in corporate America for a number of years, she returned to college at West Chester University and completed her teaching certification in Health and Physical Education. She has been teaching swim lessons to a diverse clientele in the Doylestown, Bucks County, and Montgomery County areas since 2007. Her credentials include:
- Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
- Certified Adapted Physical Educator, Adapted Aquatics Instructor
- Certified Red Cross, Lifeguard
- Aquatic Director, Fanny Chapman Swim Pools
- US Swimming Stroke and Turn Official
- Assistant Coach, Central Bucks West Girls Swimming and Diving Team
- Certified teacher of Health, Physical Education, Elementary Education and Special Education
- MEd., Elementary Education and Special Education, Chestnut Hill College
- BS, Kinesiology, West Chester University
- BS, Business Administration, The Ohio State University
Barb’s motto when teaching is “be safe, have fun!”. Her goal is to share her joy of swimming with her students, and offer swim lessons that are motivating, challenging and fun. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time and exercising with friends and family, and playing with her dog Zoey!
Katherine was a true competitive swimmer! She comes from a family of All American swimmers, having trained at Germantown Academy Aquatic Club and LESD & Hawken School swimming programs. Starting at age 6, she swam competitively through her first year of college at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, qualifying for states 2 years in high school. She grew up as a certified lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor and continued to teach swim lessons throughout her years as a stay at home mom & freelance artist. Her experience includes:
- BA in Fine Arts, Miami of Ohio
- Aquatics Manager, Fanny Chapman Swimming Pools
- Aquatics Instructor, Bucks County YMCA
Katherine’s main philosophy for teaching swimming is that it must be FUN! She uses play when teaching children and meaningful analogies with adults to make swimmers feel comfortable and to develop trust. Once swimmers are comfortable with her and the water, stroke instruction can begin. Katherine wants her swimmers to learn invaluable water skills, as well as enjoy swimming throughout their lives.
She finds joy in spending time with her husband, family and friends, doing photography, gardening, hiking & being creative. Much of her time is spent now following her children in their college competitive sports and musical activities, and teaching new swimmers her love of the sport!
Kris has been involved in swimming her whole life. She grew up swimming competitively for Fanny Chapman in Doylestown PA and the PA AAU Swim Teams. In high school, she was a 3x PA State qualifier and finished her Central Bucks East career by earning All-American honors. After high school she swam for Central Bucks YMCA and Tampa Bay Masters swim programs, and continued to compete in both Regional and National level events. Most recently, she has competed in a variety of open water swims and sprint triathlons. Her experience includes:
- B.S. Art Education, Temple University
- Certified Art Teacher, Kindergarten – 12
- Assistant Coach, Central Bucks East Swimming and Diving Team
- Coach, Tampa Prep School Swim Team
Katherine started swimming competitively at age eight, continued swimming through all four years of high school, and swam for the college club team at Notre Dame University, where she graduated in 2019. She also taught swim lessons at Fanny Chapman for six summers, and taught adaptive aquatics lessons and the pre-swim team, in addition to daily group lessons.
Katherine has always loved swimming and continues to make it part of her life. She is currently studying at Temple University’s law school. She is very happy to be part of the KickSmart Swimming instructor team, and excited to get back to teaching swim lessons!
Abby is another one of our instructors who was swimming before she can remember! She started swimming competitively when she was 6 years old, and continues to swim for Fanny Chapman and Central Bucks West.
She started teaching swim lessons as a volunteer at Fanny Chapman, going through the Instructor Training Program when she was 13 years old. When she was 14 she was able to teach full time, and continues to teach at home pool in the summer.
Abby’s teaching philosophy is focus on core skills while ensuring children are having fun. If children love the lessons, they will learn to love the water as much as she does!
In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and close group of swimming friends, and enjoys baking and painting.
Emily has always loved to be in the water. She went through the Fanny Chapman swim lesson program as a child, which led to her being a participant in the Fanny Chapman swim instructor training program at the age of 13. She taught lessons at Fanny for two years, and loved working with the kids and sharing her love of swimming.
Whether it’s teaching kids to be safe in the pool, or swimming in her own, Emily loves to swim! She also enjoys being heavily involved in her church, her school choir, National Junior Honors Society, and Student Council. When not being involved in school, she loves to sing, go to the beach, go shopping, and spend time with her family and friends!
Emily is so excited to join the KickSmart Swimming team this summer, and help more kids learn to be safe in the water!
Since a young age, it was obvious Tim was born with a love for the water. Whether it was swimming at his home pool, local community pools, or adventuring for some out-of-pool swimming where nature provides. Tim wanted to pass his love for the water to both of his young children by getting them in the pool as early as he could. This included starting parent/child classes with his daughter at the young age of four months! Seeing his children having fun in the water, learning to swim, and understanding the importance of safety made Tim very passionate about becoming a teacher himself! Tim takes pride in mixing his fun-hearted attitude with teaching important safety skills, so he can create meaningful lessons. His experience includes:
- B.A. Business Management, Temple University
- Aquatics Instructor, Bucks County YMCA
Outside of swimming, Tim works in the Project Management department of a global clinical research organization. When Tim is not working, he spends most of his time with his wife, two children, and dog doing anything active they can as a family!
Maggie began swimming lessons with her mom (and KSS instructor Kris Moyer) as an infant. She swam competitively from age 7 through 18, finishing her competitive swimming career at Central Bucks East and Fanny Chapman. She began teaching swimming lessons at age 14 at Fanny Chapman, teaching swimmers of all ages and abilities. Maggie is a chemical biology student at St. Joseph’s University, where she also runs for their Division 1 track team.
Maggie’s teaching philosophy is all about having fun while improving technique and skills. Every student has different goals they want to achieve, and she strives to personalize each student’s experience to their personal goals. The more enjoyable the learning process, the more effective the lesson will be.
In her spare time, Maggie loves being outdoors, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Samantha began swimming lessons with her mom, Barb Seiden, at age 3! She continued to swim competitively from age 7 through her senior year in high school, finishing her competitive swimming career as the captain of her high school team. She began helping teach swim lessons at Fanny Chapman, well before she was officially on staff. She officially started teaching at age 14, and taught there five years while also teaching for KickSmart Swimming. She has volunteered as a Special Olympics swim team coach. She is a student at Drexel University studying Environmental Engineering.
Sam’s teaching philosophy is all about having fun while improving technique and skills. Every student has different goals they want to achieve, and she strives to personalize each student’s experience to their personal goals, while having a good time. The more enjoyable the learning process, the more effective the lesson will be.
In Sam’s spare time, she loves spending time with her family and friends. If she could, she would spend all of her time with her dog Zoey!
Spencer comes from a family of swimmers and teachers. He spent his summers swimming at Fanny Chapman Pools, where he started to teach when he was 14 (the summer of ) and hasn’t stopped! He was an integral part of developing and implementing the Fanny Chapman’s Instructor Training Program where teachers are taught how to to teach swimming. His experience Includes:
- Aquatics Supervisor, Fanny Chapman Swimming Pools
- Lead Instructor, Fanny Chapman Instructor Training Program
Spencer is finishing his degree at Penn State University, where he is studying Secondary Social Studies Education.
Some of his favorite things include sports, ice cream😊, and spending time with family and friends.
Courntey is another life-long swimmer! She has been swimming competitively since she was seven years old for teams such as Fanny Chapman, YMCA of Bucks County, and the CB East high school team.
Following in her brother Spencer’s footsteps, Courtney has been teaching swim lessons for both Fanny Chapman and the CB Community School since she was 14, and is a certified lifeguard. She also coached the Bucks County Special Olympics swim team since 2018. Her experience includes:
- Certified Red Cross, Lifeguard
- Instructor, Fanny Chapman Instructor Training Program
Starting in 2020, she will be attending Penn State University to study elementary education, and plans to swim for their club team!
In addition to swimming and teaching, she loves to read, bake, and spend time with friends and family!
Monica started competitive swimming when she was 10 at the YMCA. She’s always loved being in the water whether it is the pool, lake, or ocean. She continued with swimming through high school at Central Bucks East. She recently graduated from Boston College with a degree in Applied Psychology and Human Development. During her time at BC, she was a part of Project Swim, teaching swim lessons to children with disabilities. She also participated in many campus ministry programs, including 4Boston where she served as a classroom aid at a local elementary school. In the summer, she taught lessons at the YMCA.
Monica has always loved working with children whether it be as a swim instructor, camp counselor, or classroom aid. She loves to get to know their unique personalities and be with them as they learn. She loves that swim lessons teach a life skill but are also way to have a lot of fun.
Christina swam competitively from age 9 at Fanny Chapman through her senior year when she served as captain for her team at Central Bucks East. She began teaching lessons at age 16 at Fanny Chapman to children with a wide range of ages and abilities. She also has experience volunteering with the Special Olympics swim team in Bucks County during high school. Christina is also a certified Lifeguard. Now she is an Elementary and Special Education major at Providence College.
Christina loves teaching at all levels and helping each swimmer to learn new skills to help them to be safe and capable swimmers, all while having fun. In her free time Christina enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with family and friends.
Emily has been swimming since before she could walk! Coming from a family where everyone swam, her parents had her swimming competitive at the age of five years old. Emily swam on competitive swim teams in three states!
Her love for swimming lead her to begin teaching swimming lessons at Fanny Chapman in 2014, until she moved to Virginia for college.
Emily is currently working towards an undergraduate degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education, with a minor in Educational Psycholog. She is also beginning an Accelerated Masters Program for Early Childhood Education.
Emily’s teaching philosophy is to make sure the children are safe, happy, and confident while learning new skills. Positive reinforcement is her main focus as she understands that each child learns differently. Emily will always have a smile on her face and will be ready to explain why she is doing each activity!
Along with swimming, Emily loves to spend quality time with her family and will always try to sneak in some cuddles with her dog and cat!
Hallie loves working with children and watching them learn to love the water as much as she does! Hallie began swimming at the age of four with the Fanny Chapman swim lesson program, and began competitively swimming at the age of eight. She started teaching swim lessons at Fanny Chapman when she was 15. During her time teaching at Fanny Chapman, she was the coordinator for the Adaptive Aquatic program.
She is a student at Lebanon Valley College, enrolled in the six year doctorate of physical therapy program. She swims with the Lebanon Valley Division 3 swim team, as well as coaches the age group swim team, teaches lessons, and volunteers with special Olympics!
In her free time she loves hanging out with friends, paddle boarding, and just being outside!
Ella has loved the water since day one. She swam for Pennridge Aquatic Club since she was six years old and Central Bucks Swim Team since she seven.
Ella has been teaching swim lessons for three years. She feels as though she relates to children who are eager to learn something new. Her experience includes:
- Certified Red Cross, Lifeguard
- Instructor, Menlo Aquatic Center Training Program
While swimming for her high school, Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Ella was a 12x PIAA state finalist. She is involved in National Honors Society, Student Stewards, the student-lead Leadership Council, and is Vice President of the student body.
Hoping to swim division 1 at a military academy, she is looking to expand her knowledge on the sport she loves while receiving a great education and leadership skills.
Ella also enjoys surfing, mountain biking, and volunteering for the Sellersville Fire Dept., Sellersville Garden Club, Project Bear, and the Travis Manion Foundation!
Emily’s love of the water began at her first swim lesson when she was 3 years old—and it’s only grown since then! Emily began swimming competitively at age 7. She swam in high-school for CB West and has continued swimming on her college club team at William and Mary. She has also taught swim lessons at Fanny Chapman since she was 14 and helped lead the Swim Lesson Instructor Training Program. Emily is a certified lifeguard and an assistant manager at Fanny Chapman Pool.
Emily credits swimming with helping her make the best friends and happiest memories and would love to help a new group of swimmers love the water too!
Emily is studying at the College of William and Mary and is studying English and Marketing. She is involved with the service group, Circle-K International, the William and Mary Admissions office, and the Club Swim team. When she is not studying or working, Emily loves to make greeting cards or paint—-Check out the mural at the KickSmart barnaby Plaza location that Emily created!
* All KickSmart Swimming Instructors have the following certifications and clearances:
- Certified Red Cross, CPR and First Aid
- Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance
- Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
- Federal Criminal History Record Information