joined our team in 2001 and was our top-ranked Swim Instructor as scored by parent
evaluations. He scored 100% on nearly every evaluation form completed by
the parents of his students. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Theatre Education from
He is a former competitive swimmer and the father of two girls. Andy's new role with Jeff Kelly inc. has afforded him long-awaited opportunities to spend more time with his daughters and to return to work as an actor. From September through February, while attending to off-season administrative responsibilities, Andy devotes more time to fathering and to his passion for theatre. Within the next ten years, he plans to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree and a PhD.
Ann Adams began working
with Jeff Kelly inc. in 1991 as a Swim Instructor and Water Aerobics Instructor.
She was promoted to the role of Swim Instructor Mentor in 1994 and to
the role of Director of Swim Instructor Mentors in 2001. This team of professional educators
is responsible for the training and evaluation of our Swim Instructor
Team. During her
summers in high school and college, Ann worked as a Lifeguard and Swim
Instructor for the YMCA. She graduated from
Marlene joined our team as a Swim Instructor in 2004. She had recently retired, but did not want to leave education altogether. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education with a double major in Art and Theatre. Throughout her career, she has taught preschool through sixth grade. She spent her last three years prior to retirement as the lead teacher for three-year-olds and the Pre-K classroom at Beth Shalom Nursery School. Marlene’s aquatic resume includes teaching swimming throughout high school and college as a certified Water Safety Instructor. She continued to teach private lessons as an adult in her own residential pool.
Before her career as an educator, Marlene excelled in the business world. Her positions included Account Executive and Senior Creative Product Designer for Hallmark, Retail Promotion Strategist for Ambassador Marketing, Project Manager of Custom Retail Solutions and Marketing Strategist for Wal-Mart, as well as the Director of Business Development and Campaign Marketing Manager for House of Lloyd. Marlene's widely varied experience in education and management contributes an unparalleled level of professionalism and attention to detail to her work with Jeff Kelly inc.
Melissa joined our team as a Lifeguard in 1997. We trained her as a Swim Instructor and Enrollment Counselor in 2002. In addition to these main responsibilities, she trains and mentors new Enrollment Counselors. As a primary Swim Instructor during the spring program, she mentors new swim instructors during the observation phase of their training. She continues to serve as a Lead Lifeguard whenever we experience Lifeguard scheduling challenges. Melissa is not afraid to get her hands dirty. She assists the Aquatic Facility Management Team as needed with Facility Care and the winterization process of the facilities we serve. This past winter, Melissa refinished and re-assembled all of our custom-built desks and shelves; and built two new custom bookshelves for our office. She is the ultimate handy-woman! She is the mother of a boy, two girls, with another child on the way.
Swim Instructor Mentor
Lora began with us as a
joining our team in 1999, Myra has served as a Swim Instructor, Swim Team Coach, Enrollment Counselor
and Swim Instructor Mentor.
During her tenure with
us, Myra has also served as the
joined our team as a Swim Instructor
in 2004. She
earned a Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Science from Iowa
State University in 1997, and a Masters of Social Work from the
University of Kansas in 2001. She currently serves as a School Social
Worker for the Olathe School District. Prior to
her current position, her experience with children includes serving as
an Elementary School Counselor for the Kansas City, Kansas School
an Elementary School Social Worker for the Odessa School District; and a
Childcare Worker with La Petite Academy.
Aimee joined our Swim Instructor Team in 2003. She
earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology
in 1996 and a Masters Degree in Industrial \ Organizational Psychology
in 2002 from Kansas State University. P
Kari joined our team with an extensive
background in the aquatics industry. She became one of the top Swim Instructors during
her first season with us in 2006. After graduating from Drake
University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she
worked as an Office Administrator and as a Director of
Finances and Event Planning. Returning to school in
2004, Kari concurrently taught fourth grade in Kansas City, Kansas while
she earned a Master of Science in Teaching from Pittsburg State
Lifeguard Leader & Lifeguard Instructor
John joined our team as a Swim Instructor and Lifeguard Leader in 2005. Since graduating from the University of Kansas in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music Education, he has served as a Junior High and High School Band and Choir Director. John's experience in the aquatic industry extends back to 1990, when he first became certified through the American Red Cross as a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor. Since then, he has earned a plethora of certifications including: Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, Ellis and Associates Lifeguard Instructor and National Swimming Pool Foundation - Certified Pool Operator. Prior to serving as a Swim Instructor and Lifeguard Leader with Jeff Kelly inc., his aquatic industry experience includes: seven years as a Swim Instructor and Aquatic Facility Manager for communities in Topeka and Kansas City, and 10 years as an Aquatic Facility Manager and Swim Instructor for the City of Overland Park; during which he coached his Lifeguard Team to a second-place finish at the 1996 and 1997 Ellis and Associates National Lifeguard Competitions.
Swim Instructor Mentor
Becky joined our Swim Instructor Team in 2005. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Human Development and Family Studies from Kansas State University in 1998. She went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from the same university in 2002. During her masters program, she also obtained an English as a Second Language Endorsement. Prior to her current position as a First Grade teacher in the Kansas City, Kansas School District, she taught seven years of Kindergarten and one year of First Grade. As a classroom teacher with Kansas City, Kansas, Becky also serves as a mentor to encourage and nurture new teachers in the district. We want to tap into this strength for the mentorship of our Swim Instructor Team. Therefore, while Becky's primary responsibilities are as a Swim Instructor and Enrollment Counselor, she will begin Leadership Training this summer to prepare her for a role as a Swim Instructor Mentor.
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