Bebe moved back to California in 2011 and founded Hall Swim Academy in 2014. She also resumed her career as a middle school teacher and continued teaching until 2016 when she turned all her attention to Hall Swim Academy. She has 11 years experience teaching in the classroom and 25 years experience teaching in the pool. Bebe enjoys working with swimmers of all ages, from 5 months old to 82 years old. Her kind and patient approach makes any swimmer feel comfortable in the water.
Julie DuChateau taught her first swimming lesson when she was about 7 years old. One of her neighbors did not know how to swim, yet he lived in a Southern California neighborhood full of swimming pools. Julie successfully taught Stevie how to swim, and he began swimming and playing with the rest of the kids in the neighborhood.
“Swimming lessons are emotional for most people, whether they are fearful and apprehensive, or instantly confident and triumphant. I love sharing the progression and success with my students and their parents.”
Julie taught for a number of years at a swim school in Wisconsin, and then began her own swim school in North Carolina. It grew so quickly, she had a waiting list within a couple of years. She was very sad to leave North Carolina, but now she is thrilled to be a part of the Hall Swim Academy family. Julie lives in Eagle Rock with her husband. Her two sons are in college in North Carolina; both boys have spent their summers lifeguarding throughout high school and college.
Leelee grew up in Los Angeles. She has been swimming competitively since the age of 5, winning various awards and attending the Junior Olympics. She attended Culver City High and moved to Crescenta Valley where she graduated. She swam at USC and majored in communications. Having 6 years experience in the pool working with children and adults of all ages, she also has experience working with children with special needs; as she has a younger brother with Down Syndrome who she taught how to swim. Leelee also has a background of personal training and health management/counseling. Her hobbies include painting, gardening, classical music and watching movies.
Kay is a southern California native and senior undergraduate student at UCLA studying Anthropology. She swam competitively for the Claremont Club Swim Team from the age of seven until her freshman year of college. She now swims for the UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club. She began teaching swim lessons six years ago through the city of Claremont while also teaching private lessons. The pool has been her biggest outlet for joy and creativity.
“I love finding a way to connect with each child. Developing patience to understand each students need, and then being able to see the progress made by the student is incredibly rewarding. Water becomes the outlet for expression, and watching the development of movement, understanding and joy in an unfamiliar place is truly exciting.”
Malia moved to California 8 years ago from the small island of Hilton Head in South Carolina. Malia hails from a long line of swimming legacy: both her grandparents were selected for the 1928 Olympic swimming and diving team. Malia’s mother was a 4X national champion. Malia swam competitively her whole life, eventually swimming Division I in college. “Malia was swimming before she could walk,” according to her mom. Malia moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment, but her love for the sport brought her back to teaching. Malia has experience with both proficient swimmers needing stroke technique and also younger swimmers just beginning. She has a natural ability to relate to all ages and is passionate about getting to know each child individually.
“I love to assess a child and help him or her progress in a way that’s uniquely suitable for the child, building on strengths!”
Isabella has loved the water for as long as she remembers. She started taking private lessons and swimming competitively at the age of eight. She continued swimming at an elite level throughout middle school and high school. She competed at the U.S. Nationals, U.S. Junior Nationals, U.S. Olympic Trials, and NCAA Championships. She swam collegiately for the Division I program at UCLA and now wishes to pursue her passion of teaching others to love the water! She has four years of experience working with children, and also greatly enjoys working with young adults and adults who wish to learn or improve their stroke technique.
“Learning to swim gives children and adults the ability to feel safe and confident in aquatic environments, and nothing is more rewarding than seeing my swimmers have fun throughout the course of their swim lessons!”
Maria is a recent transplant to Los Angeles from central Illinois. She grew up in Peoria and went to school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated with a bachelors degree in Speech Pathology. She moved to LA for greater opportunities and better weather.
Maria started learning how to swim when she was 5 years old, and she swam competitively from 8 to 15 years old. In college, she worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for all ages, and later worked as an aquatics instructor at a sports fitness camp with the University’s kinesiology department. She is currently babysitting and working towards her SLPa certification in addition to teaching swim lessons.