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Meet Our Swim Instructors

Tim Johnson
Swim Instructor
I teach group swimming classes because I enjoy motivating people. I enjoy helping participants define their limits and then strive to push past them. Being healthy and fit is a choice. My goal is to motivate class participants to work hard, become comfortable with being uncomfortable, and have fun!!
Sarah Doherty
Swim Instructor
Sarah is an avid swimmer, having competed in the sport for over 10 years. She loves helping people to feel more confident and achieve their goals in the pool and sees swimming as both an important life skill and a fantastic way to stay in shape at any age! At the Rec Center Sarah provides swim instruction to people of all ages and ability levels, beginners through competitive swimmers. She teaches group classes and does private lessons.
Katherine Stetkevych
Swim Instructor
I am 22 years old and a native of Highland Park. I recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I majored in Integrative Biology with a minor in Spanish. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. This is my first year teaching swim lessons, though I have been working with kids since I was a teenager as a camp counselor. I love working with kids and I love being in the pool and swimming, so I find being a swim instructor very fulfilling. I plan on attending medical school in the future, and next semester I will be getting my EMT certification at Oakton Community College.
Sorina Brechinridge
Swim Instructor
Hi! I’m Sorina. I have been a swim instructor for the last 6 years. I have taught kids of all ages to swim through the Water Safety Patrol in Lake Geneva, and at the Highland Park Rec Center. My favorite thing about teaching is when my students start to use the different skills they have learned and their level of confidence rises each week. I look forward to a great swim season and getting to know your child.
Brooke Miller
Swim Instructor
Hi, I'm Brooke! I am currently a senior at Zion-Benton High School and will be attending Northern Illinois University in the fall. I've been teaching swim lessons for 2 ½ years and am currently certified by the Red Cross as a water safety instructor. My passion of teaching swim lessons sparked from my 10 years of swimming competitively. I believe swimming is a life-saving skill that is awesome to know and love being able to pass down my knowledge. I love working with children of all ages and it is one of the best things about my job. I hope to see you in my next class!
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Registration for Fall programs begins July 24! 

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