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
Kimberly would rather be in, on or under the water. Her love for the water and swimming began at a young age. Her family had a lake house and a ski boat, and her parents taught her water safety and swimming from the start. She began swimming competitively at age 8 and swam throughout high school. Kimberly taught swimming lessons to children and adults, co-coached swim teams and was a lifeguard for seven years while attending high school and college.
Her Certifications Include:
- BA in Business Communications, Minors in Marketing and Crisis Intervention- University System of Georgia
- Licensed Realtor® at Class- Harlan Real Estate in Historic Doylestown
- Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
- Certified Red Cross, Lifeguard
- Certified PADI, SCUBA Diver, Advanced and Rescue Diver
Kimberly has an abundance of patience and loves when clients achieve their goals. She weaves in her bubbly personality to make instruction fun, meaningful and safe. She feels that swimming is an important life skill that she wants to share with each of her students.
Kimberly has three children that keep her hopping with their numerous activities. In her spare time Kimberly enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, kids and dog (Fiona) hiking, cycling, working in her vegetable and flower gardens, reading, the beach and being social with her friends.
Fun Fact about Kimberly: She cleans her Kitchen and Bathrooms with bleach because it reminds her of being in the pool!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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