MEET OUR TEAM

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Kate Polich Greenberg, LMFT
**OWNER** 

Ages Kate Works With: 3 months through Adult
Kate's Schedule: T/Th/Sat and other days by request

Kate Polich Greenberg, the owner of Head Above Water, is passionate about aquatics! While Kate isn't in the pool full-time any longer, she keeps a limited amount of space available in her schedule to work with a few select swimmers each year. For more information about Kate and the exclusive experience of "Lessons with the Owner," click HERE!

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Andrew G.

Ages Andrew Works With: 6mo. through Adult
Andrew's Schedule: Monday through Friday

One of our most popular male instructors, Andrew has been working as a lifeguard and swim instructor for nearly 20 years. Now in his 14th year of working with Head Above Water, Andrew has held certifications as a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard and has worked with students of all ages and abilities. Andrew has gained much experience working in aquatics and has a true passion for instructing students in what he feels is an invaluable skill. He knows that the swimming instruction he provides helps promote fitness, fun and safety for people of all ages.

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Alex N.

Ages Alex Works With: 2yr through Adult
Alex's Schedule: By request only

Returning for his 2nd season with HAW, Alex was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He worked as a Swim Instructor at Santa Monica College with students ages 2-14 of all skill levels. As an instructor, he keeps students engaged and interested using a strong "personal hero narrative" to set them up for success. He is a dedicated coach with a keen eye for improvement and offers consistent encouragement to students. With this approach, he can inspire students to recognize and push through their obstacles to reach their goals.

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Ariel F.

Ages Ariel Works With: 6 months through Adult
Ariel's Schedule: Sunday mornings

Returning for her 4th year with HAW, Ariel is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she received a degree in Animation. She has been a swim instructor for over 8 years and she absolutely LOVES to help swimmers of all ages realize a love for the water. She likes to make her lessons fun with plenty of games and singing. She prides herself on making sure your child learns important life and safety skills and has a ton of fun doing it!

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Giles R.

Ages Giles Works With: 6 months through Adult
Giles's Schedule: Thursday evenings + Sunday afternoons

Giles is returning for his 14th year with Head Above Water! He is a graduate of Duquesne University with 15 years of competitive swimming background. While stroke technique is one of his specialties, he works with swimmers of all ages and even works with infants and toddlers as one of our Parent & Me specialists. Giles also has nearly 20 years of coaching and teaching experience. He is an avid triathlete and loves teaching kids to swim. As one of our veteran instructors who knows how to make swimming fun, your are sure to have a positive experience in the pool with Giles!

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Jane R.

Ages Jane Works With: 6 months through Adult
Jane's Schedule: Friday afteroons

Areas Jane Teaches: West LA COOLIDGE Pool

We are happy to welcome Jane back to HAW for her 4th season! Jane was born in New York City, moving here with her family when she was 7 years old. She attended Woodbury University where she graduated with a degree in Interior Design with a minor in Art. She and her sister were avid swimmers; she did water ballet while her sister stayed with swimming freestyle in swim meets. In her twenties she began working with kids in the pool for Crystal Scarbourough in the West Los Angeles area and continued teaching privately after she left. She came back to the Beverlywood Swim School in 2012 and worked there until they closed their doors in January 2019. She has worked with babies 4 weeks old and up all the way through adults of any age. She is especially good at getting adults relaxed and comfortable in the water. But she also loves working with babies and watching them learn the basic blocks of swimming and the independence and joy it brings to them. She believes you should teach your child to swim at an early age---it is the cheapest insurance you could ever get for them!!