Jade is returning to our program as our Lifeguard for a second year in a row. Jade participated in competitive swimming throughout High School. We are very fortunate to have picked her up as our Lifeguard as she always displays professionalism and a caring attitude. She is a big help to our Swim Instructors, swimmers and parents alike.
Mark is a retired Physical Educator, who has a strong passion for youth and exercise. He is incredibly positive and thoroughly enjoys teaching the Abilene youth in swim. We are blessed to have him join us each year!
My name is Mark Gregory (my swim students call me, Mr. Mark) I have been with the swim program HSU for 16 years and I am looking forward to summer #17. The goal for my students is to respect the water, learn new and challenging skills, and allow their moms to get a good suntan while they swim with confidence. ;o) We are proud you chose to allow us to teach your children and trust us with their safety and swimming skills. I’m looking forward to seeing you all in June! Respectfully, Mr. Mark
This will be Trevor’s 4th year as an HSU Learn to Swim Instructor. Trevor graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with his Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Exercise Science. Trevor is certified to teach all levels in our swim program, however he excels in his teaching methods when working with our Stroke School Students. He is engaging and fun in his approach to teaching his students the skills needed to accomplish a good freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. When out of swim season, Trevor travels the country backpacking and photographing his journeys! We are super proud to have snatched up this young man every summer!
Skyler is returning for her third year as a swim instructor. Skyler worked as a swim instructor aide in 2015, then in 2016 returned as a fully certified swim instructor. Skyler is one of our first two swim student graduates turned instructor. Skyler is also a certified Lifeguard. We are so happy to have Skyler returning to our program in 2017.
My name is Claire Preston and I will be a senior at Wylie High School in the fall. During the school year, I dance with the Wylie Belles Drill Team, serve on the Student Council, and participate in the National Honors Society. I am also a member of First Baptist Church where I serve in the Youth Leadership Program. I have attended numerous HSU swim lessons as my family makes it a priority each summer. I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the student swimmers for a second year! Claire is returning for her second year as a swim instructor. Claire graduated from the HSU Learn to Swim program a number of years ago and has returned to share her love of water. She is one of our first two swim student graduates turned instructor. We are beyond excited to have her on board for a second year.
Corrie is our Learn to Swim Program Coordinator. She currently serves as a faculty member for the Department of Fitness & Sport Sciences at HSU. This will be Corrie’s 16th year teaching swimming lessons. This will be her 9th year with HSU’s swim program. Corrie is certified to teach the following: Lifeguard Training, CPR, AED, First Aid, Starfish instructor training, Startots, Starbabies, Swim School, and Stroke School. She is a volunteer Boater Education instructor for Texas Parks and Wildlife and also owns her own private company, West Texas Infant Aquatics, LLC. She is the first to bring a certified infant survival swimming program to Abilene. Corrie offers Water Safety presentations to mothers day out programs and daycare centers.