Meet Us


Farber Swim School prides its self in having a great staff! We employ instructors who are passionate about swimming and teaching others to be confident in the water. All of our instructors can work with ages 3 through teens. Instructors who have gone through additional training to teach babies, adults, or special needs have a note of this by their names. All FSS staff have had background checks completed and instructors are American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certified. Instructors that are also certified Lifeguards have a note of this on their bio.

Click on the links below to view the desired employee's picture and bio.

Owners:
Adam Farber & Kristin Farber

Administrative:
Annie, Christiane, & Catherine

Instructors:
Chase, Christiane, Drew, Freeman, Gavin, Hayley, Ian, Jamie, Jen, Josh, Keith, Klee, Lauren, Mike, & Rebecca

Adam Farber (Owner / Penguin Head Coach / Instructor)

Adam has been around pools all of his life. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where he started swimming competitively at the age of 5. He swam through high school and then a couple of years later, he started teaching lessons for Hubbard Family Swim School. After teaching for them for a couple of years, Adam moved to Nevada where he taught lessons at multiple facilities, which lead to coaching positions at Sparks High School and the University of Nevada. Adam then moved to Oregon and after working at a local swim school for a couple of years, started Farber Swim School in 2007. Not only is he involved with all aspects of the swim school, but he is also the Head Coach of Sunset High School's men's and women's swim teams. He currently coaches the Sunset High School, and Farber Swim School Penguins and Pee Wees swim teams.

Adam is a US Swim School Association level 2 instructor as well as an American Swim Coaches Association level 3. He is also certified in CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding.



Oregon State High School Swimming Titles:
  • 2010 - Girl's 3rd in state
  • 2011 - Boy's 1st in state
  • 2012 - Boy's 1st in state
  • 2013 - Girl's 2nd in state
  • 2013 - Boy's 1st in state
  • 2014 - Girl's 4th in state
  • 2014 - Boy's 1st in state

Awards:
  • 2011 - Metro League Coach of the Year
  • 2011 - Oregon Athletic Association's 6A Boys Swim Coach of the Year
  • 2012 - Metro League Coach of the Year
  • 2013 - Metro League Coach of the Year
  • 2013 - Oregon Athletic Association's 6A Boys Swim Coach of the Year
  • 2014 - Metro League Coach of the Year
  • 2014 - Oregon Athletic Association's 6A Boys Swim Coach of the Year

Additional Qualifications: Special needs, adults, team level & babies (ages 4-35 months)


Kristin Farber (Owner / Business Manager)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg Kristin does not have a competitive swimming background like the below coaches/instructors, but she did grow up around pools and took lessons for many years. Although she is still learning about the "swimming world," she has a lot of experience in teaching youth/adults, and programming/coordinating sports/recreational programs. Some of her experiences comes from working at Oregon State University (rec department and KidSpirit Youth Programs), Willamette Valley Girls on the Run, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Tualatin Hills Park Recreation and much more! At the swim center, Kristin's main focus is managing the business side of the things, including making sure that FSS is proving the best customers service to its participants!


Annie (Office Assistant & Baby Instructor)

Annie has been in the Beaverton area her whole life. She traveled over seas to England while she was studying for her Masters degree. Her favorite part of working here at Farber is getting to know her coworkers, and watching the swimmers learn and have fun in the pool (writing on the whiteboard runs a close third). Annie's favorite swimming stroke is what she likes to call "freestyle" but which might more accurately be called "doggy paddling." Ironically, her favorite athlete is Michael Phelps. Annie is a nerdy English major who enjoys writing poetry and singing show tunes in her spare time.

FSS employee since: February 2014


Catherine (Office Staff)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg Catherine is from Manitowoc, Wisconsin and attended college in Madison where she majored in Sociology. She moved to Portland in October of 2013 and began working at Farber Swim School in December of 2013. As a child she took swim lessons for many years. Her favorite swim stroke was the butterfly. After lessons she joined a synchronized swim team. Her favorite thing about working in the office is getting to interact with the families that go through on their way to lessons. Her favorite athlete is former gymnast Nastia Luikin. She enjoys spending time outdoors camping and hiking. She also loves to cook, read, and especially to travel and experience different cultures and places.

FSS employee since: December 2013


Chase (Instructor)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg Chase is originally from Powell Wyoming and has been in Portland since summer of 2013. He started working at Farber Swim School since November of 2013. He has taught swim lessons in the past and was a competitive swimmer in both Middle School and High School. On his High School team, the Powell Panthers, he qualified to swim at state all four years! He loves working with the kids in the water here at Farber and really enjoys the play time. His favorite stroke is the Butterfly and in his spare time he enjoys playing board games. His favorite athlete is Cris Carter from the Minnesota Vikings football team.

Additional Qualifications: Special needs, team level & adults

FSS employee since: November 2013


Christiane (Aka: "Cici") (Office & Billing Manager / Baby & Me Instructor)

Christiane (Who's nick-name is Cici) is originally from Corvallis, Oregon but has been in the Portland area since 2010.

Her favorite part of working in the water is helping parents gain confidence in their little one's skills! Babies are wonderful swimmers and so joyful to work with! Her favorite part of working in the office is making friends with the families that come through!

She is studying for a Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography and Design at the Art Institute of Portland, and loves spending time with her god-daughter and her pets. She loves doing anything artistic, from sewing to painting, to graphic design on a computer! Her favorite athlete is Michelle Kwan, and she loves watching figure skaters!

Additional Qualifications: Babies (ages 4-35 months)

FSS employee since: September 2012


Drew (Instructor)

Drew is originally from Los Angeles California, and has been here in Portland since 2007. He's been working with Farber Swim School since January of 2014, but he's been swimming for much longer! He loves swimming and his favorite stroke is the Fly. His favorite thing about being a swim instructor is helping others to improve and learn to love swimming just like he does. Outside of teaching for us, he enjoys lots of outdoor activities like camping and hiking, he also plays water polo too. His favorite athlete is Michael Phelps, and he secretly thinks that he's a ninja!

Additional Qualifications: Team level

FSS employee since: January 2014


Freeman (Instructor)

Freeman has spent his whole life in the Portland area. He started swim lessons when he was 8 and began swimming competitively for Mt. Hood Swim Team soon after. His favorite stroke is the butterfly, and he left the team in 2007, but kept teaching swim lessons afterwards. His favorite athlete is Albert Pujols. He enjoys writing, listening to music, and watching old movies.

Additional Qualifications: Special needs, team level & adults

FSS employee since: September 2013


Gavin (Instructor / Penguins Coach / Pool Manager)

Gavin started swimming at the age of 10, after playing soccer for 6 years. He swam with the Hillsboro Heat swim team for his entire swimming career. He also swam for Valley Catholic High School's swim team for three years. Gavin attends Portland State University and plays on their water polo and ultimate Frisbee team. He started working at Farber Swim School in November 2011 and became a coach in April 2012. Coaching/instructing is his favorite job because he loves to see children succeed to new levels they never knew they could in sports and life. Gavin loves being active, so you can usually find him in the gym, running or on the beach surfing. His favorite athlete is Seabiscuit. In his spare time he enjoys running, reading, biking and playing with his two dogs that are boxers.

Additional Qualifications: Special needs, adults, team level & lifeguard certified

FSS employee since: November 2011


Hayley (Instructor)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg Hayley has lived in Portland all her life. She has been swimming since the age of three, taking lessons, splashing around at the local pool, and training with the Lake Oswego Swim Club. Hayley joined Farber Swim School in May 2014, and she is excited to share her passion for swimming with her students. She really enjoys working with children, deriving inspiration from their enthusiasm, and she loves the moment when a new concept "clicks". Hayley considers swimming to be a lifelong sport, and she plans to continue next year at Middlebury College, where she hopes to major in Environmental Sciences and Spanish. Her favorite stroke is butterfly, and outside of swimming she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, learning languages, hiking, and exploring Portland with her friends.


FSS employee since: May 2014


Ian (Instructor / Pee Wee Coach)

Ian is originally from Easton, Massachusetts and attended Reed College here in Portland. He was a competitive swimmer growing up, swimming for the Cape Cod Swim Club, the Bluefish Swim Club and was a captain of his high school team. He also helped found the middle school swim program at his school and always tried to cheer the loudest for his teammates. His favorite stroke is freestyle and his favorite event is the 500 free. Swimming taught Ian drive and responsibility and he is excited to help young (and young at heart) people fall in love with the sport!

Out of the water Ian likes to ski, mountain bike and spend time with his dog and two cats. He loves the West coast, where nature is just bigger.

Additional Qualifications: Adults

FSS employee since: April 2014


Jamie (Instructor)

Jamie is a Portland native but has lived all around the world, returning to Portland in the Fall of 2012. She and all her siblings trained and competed with the Nampa Swim Team Sharks in Idaho through high school. She swam competitively for her Navy ROTC unit at OSU, and was the Assistant Coach to the Sharks during the Summers. She served as Assistant Coach of the Navy Swim Team her Senior year at OSU. Jamie has trained with Navy SEALs and other Special Forces Units, and is also skilled in survival techniques and Scuba. She has freelanced as a swim instructor to children in California. Jamie loves to help create "Super Swimmers" and believes in empowering children as well as adults with being at ease in the water, as well as all of the physical fitness and psychological benefits swimming provides. In her spare time she loves hiking, reading and Salsa dancing! Her favorite stroke is Butterfly.

Additional Qualifications: Adults

FSS employee since: February 2014


Jen (Instructor)

Jennifer has taught swimming lessons for 11+ years! She started out teaching lessons at her local aquatic center in Newberg, OR when she was 16. She continued to instruct there during her breaks from studying at OSU. Once she graduated, she decided to continue teaching at ClubSport. She taught there for six years and began coaching their swim team. She loves coaching/instructing, because she swam competitively for 8 years, and it is a lot of fun to coach/teach and encourage young swimmers. Her favorite part about teaching is the kids! She loves encouraging them and making the lessons fun for them so they develop a love of the water.

Additional Qualifications: Special needs, team level & adults

FSS employee since: February 2014


Josh (Instructor)

Josh is originally from Yankton, South Dakota and has lived in Portland since October 2010. He is a certified personal trainer and is currently attending PSU to complete his health studies degree. He has worked at Farber Swim School since February 2014. He has been in the water all of his life as well as has completed a few triathlons. His favorite stroke is freestyle. His favorite thing about teaching is seeing others succeed, even if it is as simple as just being a little more comfortable in the pool. Josh also enjoys hiking, biking, and playing around in the pool!

Additional Qualifications: Adults

FSS employee since: February 2014


Keith (Instructor)

Keith is currently a swim instructor and team coach at both FSS and ClubSport Oregon. He started swimming competitively in Jr. High and continued swimming throughout High School. He achieved his life guard and water safety instructor certifications at Sylvania Portland Community College while attending school there during 2000-2002. He then started working for ClubSport in May of 2002. He took over as the head coach of the ClubSwim program in the summer of 2005 and has been teaching and coaching ever since. Keith has continued his education and certifications by studying the coursework for American Swim Coaches Association level one. He is currently a registered USA swim coach attached to the FSS Penguins. He also teaches competitive swimming and diving clinics at the Tualatin High School pool on Saturdays. To learn more about Keith or these clinics, visit www.swimzone.us.

Additional Qualifications: Special needs, adults, team level & lifeguard certified

FSS employee since: November 2013


Klee (Instructor)

Klee has lived in Portland his whole life. He began teaching with Farber Swim School in August of 2012. He loves swimming but his favorite stroke is the freestyle. He loves seeing the advances kids make in lessons and enjoys the play time with them. In his spare time he likes playing lacrosse, water polo, and is on the Sunset High School swim team.

Additional Qualifications: Adults, team level & lifeguard certified

FSS employee since: May 2012


Lauren (Instructor)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg Lauren has lived in Oregon all of her life and is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She swam competitively in high school and has been a lifeguard and swim instructor since 2010. Her favorite strokes are freestyle and breaststroke. Lauren enjoys working with both children and adults in the water! Lauren started at Farber in May 2014. When not working, Lauren loves to sing, hike, and spend time with her family and friends.

Additional Qualifications: Special needs

FSS employee since: May 2014


Mike (Instructor)

Mike was a military dependent who has lived all over the world, but has been living in Portland since fall of 2011. He started working at FSS in December of 2013. He was a competitive swimmer throughout middle school and early high school, and his favorite swim stroke is the freestyle. He enjoys working with kids and has taught and volunteered at many church youth activities, such as Vacation Bible School (VBS). His favorite part of being an instructor at FSS is watching kids improve and shake their fear of water. He is currently enrolled at the Art Institute of Portland, studying Photography with a dream to capture photos for National Geographic! He enjoys just about anything outdoors, traveling, games, and country music.

Additional Qualifications: Adults

FSS employee since: December 2013


Rebecca (Instructor)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg Rebecca was raised in Wrangell, Alaska where she learned to swim at the local public pool. In elementary and middle school, she swam competitively with the Stikine Sea Runners in her home town. As a high schooler, she became lifeguard and taught swim lessons. After graduating from Whitman College in May 2013, where she majored in psychology, Rebecca coached the 5-12 year old section of the Cashmere Summer Swim Team in Cashmere, Washington. She then moved Portland in July 2013. Her favorite thing about being a swim instructor is watching swimmers gain confidence in the water. Her favorite stroke is freestyle.

Additional Qualifications: Babies (ages 4-35 months)

FSS employee since: May 2014
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9470 SW Beav. Hills. Hwy.
Beaverton, OR 97005
info@farberswimschool.com
503.292.1255

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