Jessica Sandidge

Jessica has been teaching swimming for over ten years. She helped design the Baby Swim program for New York's Imagine Swimming, using songs and playtime to teach infants and toddlers to swim in the parent & me classes. She is also an accomplished opera singer and has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Sarasota Opera and New York City Opera! Jessica is extremely passionate about working with children and also teaches piano and singing lessons to children and adults. 

Shawn Mohamed

Shawn has been a swimming instructor and lifeguard for over six years and has also served as a pool supervisor and swim coach at his local YMCA.  Shawn has worked with children and adults of all ages and skill levels, including infants and special needs children.  Shawn is very passionate about his role in teaching swimming and water safety and is a great asset to our team!

Brad Ulbrich

Brad comes with over 11 years of experience teaching swimming, ranging from infants-adults.  Brad has also worked with special needs children with both physical and cognitive limitations.  In the past, Brad worked within the Disney Theme Parks playing characters such as Aladdin, Prince Eric, and Prince Charming!  Brad's background and experience along with his degree in Child Psychology have instilled in him key instincts when interacting with children of all backgrounds.  He was also a competitive swimmer for 15 years and captain of my varsity team.  He's got chlorine in his blood!  Brad is passionate about teaching swimming for so many reasons - he loves watching someone learn a new skill, especially one as important as swimming.  He loves watching people, especially children, grow more confident in themselves, and he loves helping people feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of every lesson.  

Aly Arsenault

Aly is originally from Massachusetts and was a competitive synchronized swimmer for 10 years along with a seasonsal speed swimmer from age 5 though college. She started teaching swim lessons at the age of 15 and has stuck with it ever since! Aly has spent the last six years in non-profit aquaitc departments on the east coast perfecting her craft as a swim instructor. She loves her lessons to be fun and silly, yet also driven to meet goals in a reasonable timeframe, thus making Aly a perfect fit for our team! Aly's favorite stroke to teach and swim is butterfly. One thing you will learn about Aly's lessons is that she can turn anything into a song - whether it be a skill you are learning, the weather, or everything else in between! 

Lilia Velasco

Lilia was born and raised in Mexico and swam competitively in middle school and high school. She decided to return to swimming in 2015 when enrolled in community college. Lilia is an AmeriCorps member serving at the Red Cross where she teaches CPR classes. Lilia received her Associates degree in Behavioral Science from West LA College and is now finishing her Bachelor's degree in Deaf Studies at CSUN. Lilia has been a swim instructor and lifeguard for many years now, including for children with special needs and physical disabilities. She is also a mom to her own grown children and her greatest satisfaction is being able to help a child learn how to swim safely in a pool while also having fun! 

Mykayla Franco-Rivas

Mykayla has taught swim lessons for the past six years. She also has experience teaching infants and special needs students. Her goal is to help everyone she teaches feel safe and confident in the water.  Mykayla believes learning water safety can be both empowering and super fun! 

Michael Farmer

Michael has been involved in swimming since he was 7 years old, progressing through age-group swim team, high school and club, setting high school records and training with teammates on the U.S. Olymoic team. Michael also swam and played water polo in college. Michael still swims competitively with the U.S. Masters Swim Team. Michael has always been passionate about swimming and sharing his love for the sport and water safety with others through teaching, seeing children and adults blossom as proud, confident and safe swimmers!

Zaire Johnson

Zaire, or "Coach Z" has been teaching swim lessons and swim team since she herself finished swimming competitively at age 17.  Starting with LA County, Zaire learned a great deal especially the fundamentals of coaching and was quickly promoted to teaching advanced swimmers. Zaire has worked with the youngest to the most mature learners, including those with special needs. Teaching is her passion because she simply feels like EVERYONE should know how to swim!  Coach Z takes pride in every student and uses her 12 years of knowledge in swim instructing to tailor each lesson for the individual.  We love Coach Z!

Maria Zarro-Ayaya

Maria, also affectionately known as "Coach Z", comes to our Lil' Guppies family from the South Bay area. Her affinity for the water since she was as small child makes being in the water second nature! Maria earned her BA from UCLA and her MA.Ed from Concordia University, Irvine. Growing up, Maria participated in many sports, including swimming, surfing and water skiing. She also coached high school coed swimming & diving teams for 15 years. Maria has instructed infants-adults, including developmentally delayed, autistic and other special needs students, and peformed senior lifeguard duties for the city of Carson.  She holds certifications in WSI and NFHS coaching. Maria is also a mother of two daughters who followed in her swimming footsteps!