SWIM LESSONS DIRECTOR – Tom Short Rd.
Grant fell in love with the water when he was 4 years old, and after 17 plus years of competitive swimming he now teaches kids to love the water like he does. Grant enjoys helping kids overcome their fear of the water, while teaching them the importance of knowing the proper techniques of each stroke. He has been teaching students aged 6 months to late adulthood for the past 10 years, while happily making a career out of his passion.
Raised in the small town of Valdese, NC, Grant lifeguarded at a local swimming pool for 4 years until he attended Lenoir-Ryhne University to continue his swimming career where he was awarded Scholar All-American. After a year of college swimming, Grant transferred to UNC Wilmington to enjoy life at the beach where he continued to lifeguard and share his love of swimming with others. After a brief year at the beach he made his last transfer to UNC Charlotte where he received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics while working at local swim schools. He still enjoys swimming competitively with the Master’s Program here at MSA!
ASSISTANT SWIM LESSONS DIRECTOR – Tom Short Rd.
Ashly started swimming in high school after an injury from running competitively. She took this as a chance to try something new, and then fell in love with the water. Ashly was raised in a small town in Pennsylvania and started working as a lifeguard, which lead to teaching swim lessons, and coaching for the summer swim team. Ashly has been teaching lessons and coaching for 6 years, her coaching philosophy is that “athletes/students are only half of your team. Parents, administration and coaches make up the other half.” In reference to this she believes communication is one of the most important skills while instructing, as well as truly having a passion for what you do.
Ashly graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and Majored in Sports and Recreation Management and Business. After graduation she moved to warmer weather here in NC, landed a career where she gets to do what she loves everyday.
SWIM LESSONS DIRECTOR – Sardis Rd.
Debbie doesn’t remember not knowing how to swim as she began swimming competitively year round at the age of 6 years old. Debbie enjoys helping children and adults conquer their fears by first teaching her students to relax and master breath control. She educates her students about body position and it’s natural buoyancy in water. Her philosophy is safety and comfort first and technique will follow. Debbie wants everyone to enjoy the water as much as she does and she diligently works to achieve this with her students. Raised in the small town of New Hartford, N.Y, Debbie swam 12 years for the New Hartford Knights Swim Team. She also joined the varsity swim team as an 8th grader and was a 4 year letter winner at New Hartford High School. She qualified for NYSPHAA 4 of the 5 years on her High School team. She continued her love for swimming at the State University of New York at Buffalo where in her freshman year her team went 11-0, won the SUNYAC conference meet, and she was awarded the most valuable swimmer. In the following years she would go on to compete in the NCAA Division II swim meet in the 200 Butterfly and 200 medley relay.
After college Debbie spent 15 years in the corporate world. When her company moved to another state in 2006 she decided to stay in North Carolina and pursue her two passions which are cooking and swimming. She is the Lead Cook at a Christian School and has been a swim instructor for 6+ years. Her favorite quote is, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ~Pablo Picasso~ She gets to live this quote out daily and feels forever grateful and blessed.