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
Before joining Kick Smart Swimming Andrew taught at the Central Bucks Family YMCA. Andrew believes learning should be fun,
bringing his lessons to life with games (and even a song for the younger kids). Andrew adapts lessons to each child’s abilities, strengths and needs, while always instilling the importance of water safety.
When Andrew isn’t in the water he enjoys lifting heavy things then putting them back down (for example, one of his three children), playing outside with his kids, climbing trees and finding new adventures.
Spencer comes from a family of swimmers and teachers and has been teaching swim lessons since he was 14 years old. He was an integral part of developing and implementing the Fanny Chapman’s Instructor Training Program where students are taught how to teach swimming. His experience Includes:
- Lesson Program Manager, Fanny Chapman Memorial Pools
- Aquatics Supervisor, Fanny Chapman Memorial Pools
- Lead Instructor, Fanny Chapman Instructor Training Program
Spencer graduated from Penn State this past year with a degree in 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!
Abbie started competitive swimming when she was 9 at the Warrington Swim Team, CBST, and CBAC. She always had a love of the water and enjoys spending time at the beach or by a pool. Abbie currently attends Central Bucks High School East where she swims and plays lacrosse.
She loves working with children in ways such as babysitting and spending time with her younger brothers. She is super excited to have the opportunity to teach children how to learn to swim and improve their skills in the water.
In her free time Abbie likes to spend time with her friends and family!
Cindy Kaufman has been an avid and competitive swimmer since childhood. She swam on AAU, and high school teams and then went on to swim for Smith College. In addition to a BA from Smith College, she also has a D.D.S. from The University of Maryland, Dental School.
After 20 plus years of working and teaching in general dentistry, Cindy took an early retirement and is now making use of her spare time to help as Business Manager at KickSmart Swimming.
In addition to swimming, Cindy enjoys writing, hiking, and reading a good book by the beach.
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eiseley
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