Swimming Lessons Staff

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 2 months old to 82 years old. Her kind and patient approach makes any swimmer feel comfortable in the water.

Olivia A. has been swimming since she was six years old, and currently competes collegiately at UCLA. She specializes in freestyle but is very proficient in all four strokes. She was the team captain and State Champion in 2013 at her high school in Chicago, IL. She has been a swim instructor for five years now, and enjoys watching young swimmers improve. She works with swimmers of all ages and abilities, from learn-to-swim through adult swimmers. She loves living in sunny California, and hopes to stay in LA after graduating college.

Bonnie is from the Bay Area and has been swimming competitively since she was 5 years old. Growing up, she swam for her high school team and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. During her senior year, she was the team captain for both of these teams. Currently, she is a junior at UCLA studying psychobiology. Throughout high school and summers coming back from UCLA, she loves to teach swimming. She’s taught private lessons, small group lessons, and the competitive summer swim team. Bonnie loves swimming and just being in the water. She thinks swimming is an important life skill and can’t wait to continue teaching young kids!

Kate grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and was a competitive swimmer from ages 5 to 18 years old. She was a member of the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins and competed with Greenwich Varsity Swimming and Diving during three of their state championship wins. She specialized in IM and distance freestyle. Kate worked as the assistant swim coach for Greenwich Country Club the past four summers and lead the summer camp clinic program during summer 2020. She additionally instructed private swim lessons for Greenwich residents. Her favorite part of teaching swimming is watching young swimmers become more confident and have more fun in the water.

Sophie grew up in Edina, Minnesota and started swimming when she was 3 years old. She started swimming competitively at the age of 6 with the Edina Swim Club and also competed for her high school team. As a part of her high school swim team, she won 2 state championships and competed in swim meets across the United States. Sophie began teaching swim lessons in her backyard when she was 15 years old. She enjoys teaching lessons because she loves to help people learn to swim, and it reminds her of why she loves the sport. When Sophie is not swimming, she likes to spend time with her 3 younger siblings or on the lakes in Minnesota. Sophie currently attends UCLA and is studying Psychobiology.

Christian grew up in Orange County and learned to swim before he could walk. He started swimming and playing water polo at a very young age, and then he went on to join the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program. He swam for his high school where he set several records and won the CIF SS 50 yd freestyle two years in a row. He also continued his water polo career into high school and college at USC where he won an NCAA National Championship. He is a certified lifeguard and enjoys sharing his love for the water with others.

Felicia began competitively swimming at the age of 7. She continued to club swim for the next 11 years. She was trained for many years by Vladimir Dolgov, a bronze medalist in the 1980 Olympic Games. Felicia attributes her continued love for swimming and exceptional technique training to him. Her coaching experience includes coaching children 8–10; working for the City of Grandview coaching children from 5–18; and volunteering with the Special Olympic Swim Team. She recently made her life-long dream of moving to LA come true, and began working with Hall Swim Academy. She is currently teaching Parent/Child classes, Sea Turtle classes, and Snapper classes at our Pacific Palisades location.  She looks forward to sharing her passion for the pool with you!

Emma is from Walnut Creek, California and attended Northgate High School, where she was captain of the swim team her junior and senior year. Emma swam competitively for over 10 years for the Walnut Creek Aquabears and competed for 2 seasons on the UCLA Swim and Dive Team. She is currently a junior at UCLA studying sociology with a minor in entrepreneurship. She has been teaching swim lessons since she was a freshman in high school and coached a recreational swim team one summer. Emma is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love for the sport of swimming with others. Her goal is to make swimmers of all ages feel confident and comfortable in the water!

Lauryn Johnson has been swimming since she was 2 years old and is currently swimming at UCLA. She specializes in butterfly and freestyle but is proficient in all four strokes. She is qualified for the 2020-2021 Olympic Trials and was a captain of her Club and High School team in 2018 and 2019. She has been a swim instructor for 3 years in New York and has a passion for teaching swimming and water safety. She grew up on the beach teaching her younger cousins and family water safety and loves being around kids. When she is not swimming she enjoys surfing, reading, and spending time with her family in New York.

Cali is a Pisces and has always loved the water! She grew up swimming in pools, and she also spent her days at the beach, swimming in the ocean. She taught swim lessons throughout high school and loves working with children of all ages. Cali has been competitively swimming since the age of 7. She was on the UCLA division 1 swim team for 2 years and continues to swim recreationally. Through her many years of involvement in the swimming world, she has learned to help others, both children and adults alike, learn how to swim. She is currently a student at UCLA studying psychobiology and hopes to becomes a physician’s assistant. She loves working with Hall Swim Academy and helping residents throughout Los Angeles learn how to swim!

Shannon Boord was raised in Atlantic Beach, New York, and swimming always played a big role in her life. She was a competitive swimmer for several years and began working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the age of 16. She is currently an Aquatic Actor, Synchronized Swimmer, and continues teaching swim lessons.  She has a passion for teaching the importance of water safety to children, as well as adults.

Brock started swimming at he age of 4 and has competitively swam and played water polo his entire life. He won multiple state and national titles in his youth water polo carer, including 2 Junior Olympics. He competed for Santa Margarita Catholic High School in both swim and water polo. Competed at CIF Southern Section Division 1 championships in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Won first team all Orange County and CIF player of the year during his high school water polo career. He currently plays water polo at UCLA. Has taught private lessons for 2 years.

Isabella is from the Bay Area and is currently studying at UCLA. She developed a love for swimming when she was just five years old. She was put on a local swim team, along with her two older sisters, for water safety purposes. But her love for the water grew to be much more. Isabella tried almost every sport, but swimming was by far her favorite. She loves the competitiveness, the lessons that swimming has taught her and all the friends she has made along the way. Presently, she continues her athletic career on the UCLA Women’s Swim Team and is currently a Junior Student-Athlete studying Sociology. She competed at PAC 12’s her freshman and sophomore year at UCLA and is on the All-American Academic Team. Prior to joining the Hall Swim Academy Team, Isabella has taught swim lessons for four years and loves working with people. She takes pride in seeing improvement in her students and enjoys spreading the joy that swimming brings her and to others in the community.

Tim recently moved from Phoenix, AZ to LA. He graduated from Mesa Community College with a degree in Audio Production Technologies and Sound Design in 2020. He has been a swimmer all of his life, and started competitively swimming at the age of 5. While in Arizona, Tim started teaching swim lessons to children at Hubbard Family Swim School in 2011. At Hubbard, he taught children essential swimming skills from the ages of 2 months to 13 years old. Tim has 9 years of experience teaching kids not only how to be safe in the water, but also how to love the water. He is excited to get to know you!

Shanna grew up in Santa Monica, California and started to swim at the age of 2. She’s had five years experience as a junior lifeguard at the beach and four years experience teaching swim lessons at the Santa Monica Swim Center. Her freshman year of high school is where she started her water polo career, leading her team to a CIF championship and earning CIF First Team as well as Team and League MVP. She continued her water polo career with an athletic scholarship at Azusa Pacific University. In her free time she volunteers at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter and the Westside foodbank. She is excited to share her passion for the water!

Abbey has recently moved to Santa Monica from Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with plans to attend veterinary school. Abbey has always loved anything to do with water and the outdoors. She started swimming at a young age and swam competitively throughout high school and on the club team in college. Sailing, surfing, and scuba diving are a few other sports that she likes to pursue in her free time. Abbey has taught swim lessons to clients of all ages and all skill levels since the age of 16. She loves every aspect of teaching, from blowing bubbles to perfecting the butterfly stroke technique. Abbey believes that swimming is not only a recreational activity but a life skill, and cannot wait to share her passion with clients of Hall Swim Academy.

 Olivia is originally from Colorado and moved to California for school. Since she is from Colorado she loves everything outdoors but swimming is her true sanctuary. She grew up swimming and started competing when she was five years old and stopped competing when she was eighteen. Like most teams she would spend her summers helping coach the younger kids after her practice and fell in love with sharing her passion with little ones. After high school she moved to California to go to Pepperdine University so she could get an awesome education but also to be close to the ocean. Olivia loves everything to do with water including surfing, snorkeling, surfing, and she has joined a Masters Club this past spring. She is pursing a Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a minor in Asian Studies. She is planning to go into the field of Performance Psychology. Olivia believes that swimming is a life necessity and cannot wait to show Hall Swim Academy kids how fun the water is!

Ellie was born and raised in the Pasadena area. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she began swimming when she was five years old. She started water polo when she turned eleven at the Rose Bowl Water Polo Club and found her calling. Ellie was on the 2013 Cadet National Team, and then went on to play D1 Water Polo at Arizona State University. She graduated in 2019 with her Bachelors in Film and Media Studies. She hopes to be a part of the entertainment industry one day. She is currently the head coach of a high school water polo team in Pasadena. Ellie appreciates how water polo and swimming are both fun and competitive. She has been teaching swim lessons to swimmers from ages 2 through 13 for many years, and she believes that swimming is an essential life skill for everyone.