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Meet the instructors - 2021 Season

 

Alexia Moustakas

Alexia is excited to teach lessons this summer at FPCC. At the end of September, she will begin her third year at UC Davis. She is pursuing a major in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. Alexia swam for the Tsunamis from the time she was six years old through her junior year in high school. In addition to swimming on her high school’s varsity swim team, she swam at Santa Clara Swim Club for five years. She is also a member of Swim Club at UC Davis. Her favorite stroke is breaststroke. When she’s not in the pool, Alexia loves to read and try new recipes. She is also fluent in Greek and Spanish, and she is learning Italian. She is looking forward to the 2021 season!

 

Allison McCombie

Allison is excited for another season at FPCC! She will be a senior at Archbishop Mitty High School in the fall. She has been a member of the Tsunami swim team since she was nine, and she has worked as an assistant swim coach, swim instructor, and lifeguard for the past two seasons. She has also been a part of Mitty's swim team for three years, and a part of the water polo team for two years. Allison is very excited for her third season, and can’t wait to see everyone on deck! Go Tsunamis!

Alissa Friedman

Alissa is super excited to be teaching lessons this year at FPCC! She has taught lessons for four years and can’t wait to meet everyone! She’ll be starting her second year at the University of California Riverside this fall studying biochemistry. In her free time, Alissa loves going to the beach, surfing, and hiking, she loves the great outdoors! She swam in high school and her favorite stroke is breaststroke!

 

Arwen Hirsch

Arwen is excited to be a first-time instructor this season, as well as a returning staff member. She swam for the Tsunamis for about seven years, and hopes to be able to do so again soon. In addition to swimming at FPCC, she swims for Santa Clara High School, where she will be a junior this fall. She also plays trumpet in the marching band and wrestles. Outside of swimming and school, she loves to listen to music and learn languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and more. Arwen can’t wait to help new swimmers feel more confident in the water and master her favorite stroke: freestyle!

Bridget Prince

Bridget is super excited to return to FPCC for her fourth year of guarding and second year of teaching lessons! She is graduating from Santa Clara High School in June, and will be attending the UC Santa Barbara in the fall, where she will be pursuing a major in Communications. Bridget swam for the Tsunamis when she was younger and had a blast, and is so eager to resume teaching lessons. Bridget loves going to the beach and spends any spare minute she has in the sun! When she is not at FPCC, she loves to read and go on mini adventures. She is super excited to spend this summer at Forest Park!

Emilie Chung

Emilie is looking forward to her first year as a swim instructor and lifeguard at FPCC. At the end of the summer, she will be entering her third year of undergraduate studies at San Jose State University, where she is pursuing a degree in Child Development with a focus in early childhood education. Emilie hopes to join the corporate side of education once she graduates from college. She has worked in aquatics for nearly five years, teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding. In her free time, she loves to watch and play basketball. She is very excited to work at FPCC this summer! 

Emily Wood

Emily is excited and ready to start teaching lessons for her first year at Forest Park. Emily will be a senior at Santa Clara High School this fall. This is her second year working at FPCC, but she has been on the Tsunami swim team for eight years. She has also been playing on her school’s varsity water polo team for three years. Although she has grown up around the pool and the sun, she loves the rainy months of the year, during which she spends time reading her newest favorite book. Emily is excited to start working and have fun this summer!

Gabi Soterwood

Gabi is excited to start teaching lessons at FPCC. She will be a sophomore at Santa Clara High School in the fall. This is her first year working at FPCC as a lifeguard and swim instructor, but her family has been members for years. She has swum on the Tsunamis swim team with Forest Park. She is currently studying American sign language. Gabi is very excited to work with kids and make FPCC a welcoming environment for everyone!

Justin Wood

Justin is excited to return to FPCC for his fifth year as a swim instructor and third year as an assistant coach. Justin has been swimming at FPCC for nine years, and was a varsity swimmer for Santa Clara High School. He has also been playing water polo competitively for seven years. Justin enjoys working with our youngest members and helping them develop into confident swimmers. He can hold his breath for two minutes! This fall, Justin will continue to play water polo while attending UC Riverside for his second year, where he is majoring in Business. He looks forward to another great season with the Tsunamis!

Louis Samara

Louis is ecstatic to join the staff of FPCC this year as a swim instructor and lifeguard. Louis is still undecided on where he will go to college in the fall, but is leaning toward Cal State Fullerton. He will pursue a chemistry degree with the hopes of becoming a forensic scientist. This is Louis’ first year with FPCC. He has been swimming since he was a toddler, but most notably has spent the last four years swimming for his high school, Bellarmine. He swims freestyle and sometimes butterfly. He is fluent in Spanish and knows some phrases in Turkish and Hebrew. Louis is overjoyed to be a part of the FPCC staff, and is looking forward to starting this season.

Marie Ryan

Marie is excited to return for her second year of work but thirteenth summer overall at FPCC. She will be a junior at Archbishop Mitty High School in the fall, and spends most of her time in the pool playing water polo. She has swam for the Tsunamis for ten years previously and with her school for two. When she is not in the pool, she can be found procrastinating on her homework or baking.

Marijka Vernooy

Marijka is excited to be back at FPCC. In addition to returning as a staff member this year, Marijka swam for the Tsunamis when she was younger. She plays varsity field hockey at Archbishop Mitty High School, where she will be a senior in the fall. She loves working with kids, and has been in the leadership training program at her summer camp for the last two years. One of her favorite activities is speech and debate, in which she competes through her school, and in her free time she loves to hike and visit her local library. She is excited for her first year as a swim instructor and second year as an assistant coach for the Tsunamis. 

Mikey Marx

Mikey is returning to FPCC for his fourth year as a lifeguard and second year as a swim instructor. He is finishing his first year at UC Davis, studying Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. Mikey swam competitively for five years, and his favorite stroke is backstroke. In his free time, Mikey makes content on Twitch/YouTube and plays baseball. He is excited to return for another year of lessons!

Nora Burkhardt

Nora can’t wait to return to FPCC for her second year as a lifeguard and first year as a swim instructor. This August, she will begin her senior year at Wilcox High School. Nora swam on the Forest Park swim team for ten years, starting around age four. In addition, she swims and plays water polo at her high school on the varsity team, and has played club water polo at SJX in the past. When she is not in the pool, Nora likes to practice playing guitar, spend time with friends, and swim with her dog. Fun fact: Nora is known around FPCC by some to have one of the longest held handstands! She is looking forward to getting to know new people and have a great summer.

Olivia Matarangas

Olivia is excited to return for her fifth year as a swim instructor at FPCC. In the fall, she will be a sophomore at Boise State University, studying kinesiology and French! Olivia has grown up swimming on the Tsunami swim team and working at the pool. Along with teaching at FPCC, Olivia has coached at her alma mater Presentation High school. When Olivia isn’t at FPCC, she is traveling and hanging out with friends, COVID safe, of course. Olivia is excited for this season and eager to get in the pool! 

Rachel Niven

Rachel is excited to return as a swim instructor for her third year at FPCC! She is currently going to school at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and will be a second year in the fall. She’s been swimming ever since she can remember, and she also played water polo throughout high school. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and playing tennis. She is looking forward to this summer, and can’t wait for this season!

Riyana Guerrero

Riyana is thrilled about returning to FPCC after this unusual year, as she has been a part of the FPCC community for almost twelve years. This will be her first year as a swim instructor and lifeguard. This coming school year, she will be a senior at Cupertino High School, where she is a member of the varsity swim team. After high school, she will continue to college with plans of pursuing a mechanical engineering degree. As if she isn’t in the water enough, she also loves to go wakeboarding and wake surfing whenever she can. Along with her love of the water, she also enjoys watching Marvel and Star Wars movies and reading Harry Potter books. She can’t wait to begin the 2021 season!

Tristen Mina

Tristen is looking forward to her first year as a swim instructor and lifeguard at FPCC. She will be starting her junior year at The King’s Academy this fall. She is a competitive swimmer, and has been swimming for eleven years. She is a part of Sunnyvale Swim Club, as well as a member of the Forest Park Cabana Club Tsunamis. Her best swim events are the 100 butterfly, 200 breaststroke, and 200 IM. Tristen’s interests and hobbies also include Girl Scouts, baking, and sewing. She is excited to help others learn the basic techniques of swimming!