Meet the Instructors

Ms. Jessica:

I became a lifeguard at our local pool in Gothenburg, NE and began teaching Red Cross swim lessons. I quickly realized I had a passion to get children comfortable in the water and started offering private swim lessons to local families.

After high school I moved to Milwaukee, WI for college. I was introduced to Swimtastic Swim School and was so intrigued by their teaching style and passion for children and how their mission was to get each child or adult comfortable in the water. I became a swim instructor there and later became a deck manager, assistant facility manager and facility manager. Through my training I was able to refine my teaching style and become nationally certified in teaching infants.

I moved back to NE and brought back with me a STRONG desire and passion for offering professional lifesaving swim lessons to families using the knowledge that I was given. I started teaching swim lessons at the Racquet Club and realized that my dream of giving professional lifesaving swim lessons to families was far beyond anything that I had seen offered to the community of Lincoln. I was introduced to Blake Collingsworth who is the founder of Josh the Otter project after he and his family experience the death of their 2 1/2 son, Josh, to drowning. It was then that I was able to start the journey of offering my skills and passion to Lincoln.

Through the connection with Josh the Otter foundation I was able to start teaching 30 swim students after work 2 nights a week from a local hotel. From there my clientele grew and my husband and I decided to purchase a home with a pool in the backyard to teach from during the summer months. Soon the demand was more than what I was able to meet on my own and I hired my first swim instructor, Miss. Jana!! We then taught from hotels in the winter months and my home pool during the summer months for two years. After the second summer teaching from our home pool it was very clear we needed a swim facility to call home. It was then in the Spring of 2012 that we moved to the 16th and Old Cheney location and have never looked back since!! We quickly outgrew that facility, so we moved across the street and expanded to accommodate our ever growing needs!! In the Fall of 2015 we unveiled our new 6,400 sq ft swim facility to all our swim families, Lincoln and surrounding communities.

I have been continually blessed by our AMAZING swim families and their support of my passion for offering LIFEsaving swim skills to Lincoln and the surrounding communities!! Without the support of God, my husband, family, staff and community this dream would never have been able to become reality!! I would love to introduce myself and amazing staff to you and show the awesome possibilities that you or your child have in the water!!

 

Miss Jana:

I became a Red Cross certified lifeguard in high school in my home town of Spalding, NE where I taught public and private swim lessons which combined my love for children and enjoyment of the water.

After high school, I studied education at the University of Nebraska-Kearney for 2 years. I later transferred to Doane College in Lincoln to study psychology and sociology where I graduated with my degree in Human Relations in 2012. I am so thankful for a career where I get to nurture and participate in childhood development on a very intimate level. The water can be a challenging environment in which to become comfortable and confident, and that is what I love to equip your children with most — confidence in their abilities!!!

In June 2007, I was introduced to Jessica Bailey -and after learning of my love for helping children- she asked me to join their family as a nanny after the birth of their first son in April 2008. I became a swim instructor for LifeSTROKES in February 2011 and have fallen in love with the families and children that I have been able to teach! Through the years, I have had the opportunity to watch LifeSTROKES grow into what it has now become. I admire and share Jessica’s work ethic and passion for teaching professional lifesaving swim lessons.

Currently, I am the Assistant Facility Manager and can be seen in the water teaching; on deck hiring, training or assisting new instructors; or at the front desk getting you registered for future swim sessions. Also, I’m usually the one posting and responding to you all on Facebook. 🙂

I am not in the water teaching as much as I have been in the past. Even though it is hard being away from some of my favorite students, our goal is to train and equip other women who share our desire to better the lives of others through providing LIFE saving swim skills. We want to be able to offer our services and passion to as much of this awesome community as possible!

Thank you to our amazing families who allow us to be a part of your lives every single week!!!

 

Ms. Morgan:

For as long as I can remember, I have always had a love for the water and started swimming on my own at a very young age. I’ve also always loved spending time with children and plan to be a stay at home mom one day. As a pre-teenager, I volunteered at Lincoln Berean Church and First Evangelical Free church to help with child care while their parents attended bible studies. From these experiences, I realized just how much I enjoyed teaching and watching children so I found part-time job as a nanny through my high school years.

After I graduated high school, I taught swim lessons with another company. Through this experience, I truly realized how important it is for EVERYONE to know how swim and be able to save themselves in the water. In 2012, I found LifeSTROKES and was moved by Jessica’s passion for teaching LIFE saving swim skills. I mostly appreciated working for a small, faith-based business where I can actually make an impact with other women of faith.

Working with LifeSTROKES has further ignited my passion and love for teaching. I am so thankful that I was able to find a job that incorporated both my love for water and children. It is truly an amazing feeling when children start swimming or back floating independently, and I can proudly say that I was a part of that accomplishment!!

Currently, I split my week into both water and front desk time. At the front desk, you may get a call from me while registering your students, or rearranging and organizing the complex schedule to assure your children in the most appropriate classes possible. I also keep you up-to-date with the TV PowerPoint so please check that out to stay in-the-know with all things swim!

A little bit about me is – I love to read, go camping and am happily married to an awesome man named Alex 🙂

 

Ms. Jill:

I grew up in Leigh, NE and then furthered my education by attending UNL where I studied journalism / advertising.   I am now the proud mother of two awesome boys and LOVE to bake!!  I started teaching swim lessons in 1986 because I simply loved to swim and wanted to share my enthusiasm with kids.

I joined the team in July of 2013 because they offer a swim program like I’ve never seen before.  I love how the group lessons are paced for each child as an individual; no one is pushed beyond their skill level until they are ready.  I love watching the kids overcome their worries and fears of the water and then seeing them beam with pride in what they can accomplish; their success is my BEST REWARD!!!  The positive and enthusiastic environment at allows both swimmers and instructors to succeed to their full potential!!!

 

Ms. Kirsten:

I have always loved swimming and swam competitively growing up here in Lincoln. This, combined with my love of teaching and working with others, led me to join the LifeSTROKES team in the beginning of 2015. My past experience of working with children, aside from LifeSTROKES, has given me more knowledge of how to interact with the children here and has also given me insight into how I can help them be successful! LifeSTROKES feels like home to me and the families and women I work with are like family. I couldn’t imagine a better place to work!

I’m currently studying early education and business at UNL. I love to craft, sew, and drink coffee. I also love to read and spend time with my husband.

 

Miss Lindsey:

I grew up in North Platte, NE and then moved to Lincoln and got my degree in criminal justice and business. I started teaching at LifeSTROKES in October 2015 because I have always loved swimming and kids. I love seeing the kids learn and put to use what they are taught – their faces light up! I currently work full-time during the day and by also working at LifeSTROKES, it allows me to work with kids and help make an impact and difference in their lives with LIFEsaving swim skills.

Fun Facts – My favorite color is red and I love chocolate shakes!

 

Miss Kacey:

My father is in the army so I have lived all over the United States but have called Lincoln home since 2013. I started swimming competitively when I was eight and babysitting when I was ten which founded my love for kids. I combined my love of swimming and kids in January of 2016 when I joined the LifeSTROKES team. I believe that swimming is such an important skill for every child to have! I love getting to have fun with my students, becoming a trusted friend and spreading my love for swimming.
I love being a part of such an awesome team and surrounding myself with this super positive environment! I feel that God has called me here to not only teach swim lessons, but to be a caring person in each of my student’s lives and to teach them hard work while maintaining a positive attitude!
In my free time I am involved in show choir, cross country, track and Young Life. I love coffee and my favorite color is blue!

 

Ms. Lynette:

I joined the LifeSTROKES team in the spring of 2016 because I love being around little kids. I have a passion to help children succeed and to invest in each and every one of them! I believe everyone should learn water safety and I love Ms. Jessica’s methods used to teach this all important skill. I’m also a trained doula, and in that capacity, I have given a lot of education to moms and dads about birth. I believe that education and preparation aid to success in life and I love to help others thrive in their life journey. By teaching kids water safety, I can be a part of their success in the water. As much as I LOVE my students and working here at LifeSTROKES, you may not see me around as much come this spring as my husband and I are taking on a new adventure in the business world.
I’m the mom of three wonderful kids and I love to hang out with them and my husband, cook and bake, go camping and go to the movies! My all –time favorite movie is The Parent Trap (1961) with Hayley Mills.

 

Miss Ashley:

I have been a part of the LifeSTROKES team as a deck assistant since the spring of 2015. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the program, but more importantly the students! Given my background in competitive swimming I knew I wanted to cultivate that love of swimming in others! So I began teaching my own classes in the spring of 2016. I love teaching children! It melts my heart to see their faces light up when they accomplish something they’ve been working so hard to master.
In my spare time I love playing with my dogs and cat, reading and of course swimming!  My favorite color is grey and I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.

 

Ms. Renee:

I grew up in Valley, NE and started teaching lessons when I was 15. I felt that by teaching the children in my home town how to swim, they would develop safety skills and a love for the water. I have now been teaching and coaching swimming for 40 years and my love of teaching for so many years has taught me to be patient with every swimmer.
I joined the LifeSTROKES family for the first time in 2013 and then again this year. LifeSTROKES has the best teaching staff, the biggest passion for children’s swim skills and the best swim progression of any I have seen. I love the teachers and support staff and how they all love the children and their families. They are all so passionate about the life skills of swimming.

 

Miss Talitha:

I moved to Lincoln from Columbus, NE in the summer of 2015. I taught lessons previously for about 1.5 years before joining the LifeSTROKES team in 2016. I started teaching swim lessons because I love seeing the children’s excitement as they grow more comfortable in the water as well as being able to have fun with the students as they learn.
One of the best things about being a swim instructor is when the children remember me each week. Also, everyone on the LifeSTROKES team is so helpful and supportive of each other.
I attend Nebraska Wesleyan where my major is Pre-Med.

Fun fact – my favorite ice cream flavor is Bunny Tracks 

 

Miss Katie:

I’m currently a junior at Pius X and I joined the LifeSTROKES team as a deck manager for a year and a half and then started teaching lessons this spring. I want to impact lives not just with water safety but with a personal relationship as well. There are very special people in my life that have made a huge impact on me and taught me as well…I want to pass that on and be that person for someone else!
I love being an instructor at LifeSTROKES because I love working with children, laughing with them, teaching them to enjoy water safety and building relationships. When the skills you are teaching them finally clicks, it is such a good feeling! There is nothing like it!
In my free time I like to dance, play volleyball, softball and track and cheering. I love Disney movies and the color pink!

 

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