Meet the Swimming Teachers at Julie's Swim School
Julie Simonelli Swimming Teacher
Proprietor of Julie's Swim School
I have been involved in swimming for most of my life, having been a club swimmer with Guildford City Swimming Club in my teens. Whilst with the club I gained my first teaching experience assisting with the lessons of the younger swimmers. In my twenties, when my children were young, I starting teaching part time. In 2002 I had the opportunity to start Julie's swim school with 2 hours of pool time and I am very proud of the swim school I have built along with my team of excellent and experienced teachers. Teaching swimming is my passion and I love to work with all ages and abilities from 3 year olds to adult triathlon swimmers.
Kathy Conway Senior Swimming Teacher
I learnt to swim at a very young age at Crystal Palace and went on to compete for my secondary school. Swimming became something I always returned to in order to maintain my fitness and I continue to be a regular swimmer. As my children grew older I realised I could have a future career in teaching swimming. Working as a Teaching Assistant already, I knew of the emmense rewards to be found in teaching and took the plunge! I qualified in 2007 and since then have enjoyed working with the team at Julie's Swim school as well as being the swimming teacher responsible for lessons at Worplesdon School, where I currently work as a Teaching Assistant. It continues to give me an amazing feeling, to know that I have been part of teaching a child such an important life skill.
Lianne Simonelli Senior Swimming Teacher and Admin Assistant
I started teaching swimming when I was 16 and carried on whilst away at university where I gained a sports science degree. Teaching swimming helped me to decide on a career in primary teaching and I completed my NQT year in 2012. I now work as a PE teacher, as well as teaching with Julie's swim school. I love seeing the enjoyment that both children and adults experience as they gain in confidence with their swimming. I like to be imaginative and am always seeking out new ways to bring out the best in each individual.
Kate Michael Swimming Teacher
I started teaching for my swimming club in Essex as a volunteer helper when I was 14. I have always enjoyed helping little ones to go from feeling a bit wary of the water to swimming with confidence like little fish! I have been working at Cranmore school since 2006 where I enjoy teaching all abilities from pre-school Ducklings to improvers. I have recently been on maternity leave for the second time, enjoying time with my two little boy's James and Callum. I am happy to have again rejoined the team and look forward to increasing my hours as my boys grow older.
Mia Waterer Swimming Teacher
I was 3 and a half months old when I took my first dip in the pool and have loved to swim ever since. Not only is it a valuable life skill, it is a good way to stay fit. It is great to be part of Julie's Swim School, not only swimming each week in her teenage swim, but also teaching in the water with the younger children where I enjoy making their lessons fun
Rosina Simonelli Swimming Teacher
I am the youngest of Julie's three daughters and I have been helping with lessons since I was very young, as both my older sisters qualified and worked with mum before me. My Grandmother was also a swimming teacher, so you could say it is a family business. I enjoy teaching the younger swimmers and seeing their enjoyment as they gain in confidence! I am unable to teach regularly now due to other work commitments but hope to be back from time to time to cover other teachers.
Angelina Simonelli Swimming Teacher
Megan White Assistant Swimming Teacher
Swimming has always been a huge part of my life and I can't remember not being involved one way or another. My first swimming lessons were held at Guildford High School and it soon became clear swimming came naturally to me. At the age of 8, I joined the Godalming Ammeter Swimming Club where my sister swam at the time and my mum and dad also soon became involved in the club. At the age of 14, I gained my first teaching experience assisting lessons for Andy Hailey and his swim school '2Swim'. When I turned 16 I achieved my Level 1 teaching award. Unfortunately in 2013, Andy became very ill and he asked my parents to run the swim school on his behalf. Then in the summer of 2015, the pool time we were using got taken away from us and we were left with no choice but to cease 2Swim. However, this has opened new doors for me and I am delighted to be working as part of the Julie's Swim School team! There is no better reward than being able to teach someone a fundamental life skill such as swimming.
Janine Fourie Assistant Swimming Teacher
Tallulah Smillie Assistant Swimming Teacher