Meet Us


Farber Swim School prides itself 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 to Teens. Instructors who have gone through additional training to teach babies, adults, or special needs have a note of this by their bios. 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 by their bio.

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

Owners:
Adam Farber & Kristin Farber

Administrative:
Annie, Catherine, Cici, Emmy, Jen, Kati, Mercedes

Instructors:
Anni, Annie, Ashley, Blake, Cici, Claire, Doug, Hansika, Javen, Jen, Jen L., Kati, Katy, Keith, Keri, Lauren, Maddie, Mindy, Nick, Sarah, Trina, Veronika

Adam Farber (Owner / Penguin Head Coach)

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 afterward began teaching lessons for Hubbard Family Swim School. After moving to Nevada, Adam continued teaching professionally at multiple facilities, which led 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 years, founded Farber Swim School in 2007. Adam oversees all aspects of the swim school, including coaching the FSS Penguins and Pee Wees swim teams. In addition he is Head Coach of Sunset High School's men's and women's swim teams.

Adam is a US Swim School Association Level 2 Instructor as well as an American Swim Coaches Association Level 3.




Oregon State High School Swimming Titles:
  • 2016 - Boy's 3rd in state
  • 2016 - Girl's 3rd in state
  • 2015 - Boy's 3rd in state
  • 2015 - Girl's 2nd in state
  • 2014 - Boy's 1st in state
  • 2014 - Girl's 4th in state
  • 2013 - Boy's 1st in state
  • 2013 - Girl's 2nd in state
  • 2012 - Boy's 1st in state
  • 2011 - Boy's 1st in state
  • 2010 - Girl's 3rd in state

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


Kristin Farber (Owner / Business Manager)

Kristin's background is in teaching and coordinating sports and recreational programs for youth and adults. She has worked for Oregon State University's recreation department and KidSpirit Youth Programs, Willamette Valley Girls on the Run, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, and Tualatin Hills Park Recreation. At FSS, Kristin's focus is on managing the business side of things: coordinating programs, keeping the office running, and making sure FSS is providing the best customer service to its participants!

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Anni (Instructor)

Anni is from North Plains, Oregon and swam for the Hillsboro Heat for 12 years. She spent a few years in different parts of the United States while serving in the Marine Corps but has always found Portland to be her home. Anni has been teaching swimming for a little over 3 years. She loves how versatile the sport of swimming is, because babies all the way through adults are able to do it! Her favorite moment is when the skill being taught "clicks" and a new love for the sport is born. Outside of the pool she also enjoys scuba diving, playing her euphonium, and all things horses.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Babies (ages 4-35 months), Fears, Team level, Additional Needs, Adults

FSS employee since: December 2015



Annie (Office Staff / Baby Instructor)

Annie grew up in Beaverton and attended college in Idaho. She then moved to England where she earned her master's degree at the University of Kent. She has always loved swimming, and is enjoying the chance to take a few lessons herself and improving her technique with FSS's wonderful instructors! Her favorite part of working here at Farber is getting to know FSS's participants, especially the tiny swimmers in her baby classes. Annie's favorite swimming stroke is the breaststroke. Annie is a nerdy English major who enjoys writing poetry and singing show tunes in her spare time.

Specialties: Babies (ages 4-35 months)

FSS employee since: February 2014



Ashley (Instructor)

Ashley grew up in Beaverton Oregon, and has always been around water. She started swimming competitively at the age of 7, and started to swim for her high school swim team on varsity, and has also swam on a club team for 5 years. She works hard at the international school of Beaverton, and is currently in her 5th year of learning Spanish and enjoys playing piano, and all kinds of art. She loves teaching, especially when she gets to see someone develop over time. Her favorite stroke is butterfly, and she loves to teach technique. She hopes her students will find the same love of swimming she has!

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: May 2016



Blake (Instructor)

Blake was born in Portland and has lived here his whole life. Throughout his younger years, he received swim lessons from his cousin who was a swim instructor. He loves swimming and is also currently a competitive swimmer on the Sunset Athletic Club's team. Blake plays soccer for Sunset High School and is looking forward to baseball tryouts too! He loves how happy and excited the kids are to learn swimming and it is probably his favorite part of the job. Blake also enjoys going on bike rides.

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: September 2016



Catherine (Office Staff / Billing Assistant)

Catherine is from Manitowoc, Wisconsin and attended college in Madison where she majored in Sociology. After graduating, she spent a summer in California working as a camp counselor before moving to Portland in October of 2013.

Catherine's favorite swim stroke is butterfly. After many years of lessons, she spent five years on a synchronized swim team. She also enjoyed gymnastics during her youth and her favorite athlete is former gymnast Nastia Luikin.

Her favorite thing about working in the office is interacting with the families on their way to the pool. In her free time, Catherine enjoys camping and hiking in the great outdoors. She also loves to cook, read, and especially to travel and experience different cultures.

FSS employee since: December 2013


Cici (AKA Christiane) (Office Manager / Billing Manager / Instructor)

Christiane (nickname "Cici") is originally from Corvallis, Oregon but has been in the Portland area since 2010. She loves all of the seasons in the Northwest, but autumn is her favorite, because she gets to carve fun intricate pumpkins. (Look for a penguin pumpkin at FSS in October!)

Her favorite thing about teaching is helping swimmers gain confidence in their skills. Watching a swimmer go from fear or frustration, to accomplishing a new swim goal is so rewarding! She also works a lot in our office and enjoys making friends with families that come through when she's not in the water.

In her spare time, Cici is a portrait & family photographer. In school she studied both Photography and Graphic Design, and enjoys designing for FSS. She loves doing anything artistic, from sewing to painting and drawing.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Babies (ages 4-35 months), Adults, Additional Needs & Fears

FSS employee since: September 2012


Claire (Instructor / Staff Manager)

Claire was born in England but moved to California in elementary school where she joined the swim team. She swam competitively from age 7 all the way through high school and started teaching swim lessons in 2012. She recently moved to Portland to study Special Education at Portland State University and loves it! She loves teaching swim lessons because it brings her two favorite things together- swimming and working with kids! Her favorite classes to teach are the babies or special needs classes but she loves working with all ages, including adults! Her favorite part about teaching swim lessons is that she gets to teach a life-long skill and make it fun!

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Babies (ages 4-25 months), Additional Needs, Fears, Adults

FSS employee since: September 2015


Doug (Instructor)

Doug, 57, is a life-long swimmer who began competing at age 6 (along with his four swimmer siblings) in various pools of New Jersey and Missouri, where he was raised.
 Doug attended the University of Missouri as an athlete scholar, which took him to the 1980 Pan American games in Mexico City! A shoulder injury ended his competitive career and opened the door for his move to Oregon State University, where he graduated in 1981 with a BS in Psychology. 
Douglas rejoined the competitive field, joining the U.S. Masters Swimming association to swim for the Multnomah Athletic Club, where he swims daily.

Retired from his career as an occupational safety officer for the Oregonian Publishing Co., Doug became certified through USMS as an Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor.
 Doug lives in Raleigh Hills with his wife, Bridget. Along with swimming, Doug enjoys kayaking, golf, skiing and traveling, which often takes him to Long Beach, CA to visit his daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Adults

FSS employee since: April 2016


Emmy (Office Staff)

Emmy is originally from Portland, a 2013 graduate of Linfield College, and a current Bilingual Assistant for the ESL department at an elementary school in Hillsboro in addition to her position at Farber. Emmy's interests include photography, travel, reading, and listening to podcasts. She also enjoys working with kids and always loves meeting new people in the community.

FSS employee since: February 2016


Hansika (Instructor)

Hansika has lived in several places: she was born in California, grew up in St. Louis, and lived in Albuquerque before moving here. She started swimming at age 5 and started competing when she was 10. She earned a spot on the varsity swim team her Freshman year, and has competed at state championships ever since! Hansika's favorite stroke is Backstroke, and Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin tie for her favorite athlete. Her favorite part about teaching is the amazing creativity and imagination kids have, and she thinks it's important for an instructor to use that creativity in their lessons. Being open-minded to each individual's needs is key to keeping lessons fun and productive. In her spare time Hanksika likes to play piano, read, hike, and play with her chubby kitty, Pudding. She loves kids and can't wait to create amazing swimmers!

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: June 2015


Javen (Instructor)

Javen was born in Portland and has lived in Beaverton all 16 years of his life. He received swim lessons throughout his youth and regularly swims in his free time. Javen loves art, photography, and soccer. He currently plays on the Jesuit soccer team and has been part of the track & field team. Javen loves working with children, which is why he has volunteered at several agencies to devote his time and give back to his community. Spending time with kids is the best way to put a smile on his face! Javen loves adventures and is very outgoing; he is always up for a hike in the beautiful Oregon wilderness. Javen's goal is to prepare children for any challenge and to help them keep a positive mindset throughout their journey to success.

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: September 2016


Jen (Instructor, Office Staff)

Jen 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.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Additional Needs, Fears, Team Level & Adults

FSS employee since: February 2014


Jen L. (Instructor)

Originally from San Diego, Jen has made Portland her home since 2015. She was on the swim team when she was in high school and has a great love of the water. Jen also has a passion for helping people. When not at FSS, she is working as CPR/First Aid instructor at the American Red Cross. She loves teaching and can't wait to help her swimmers succeed! Jen has two dogs, Matti and Max, and she enjoys taking them out on hikes or to the beach.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Adults

FSS employee since: Aug 2016


Kati (Office Staff)

Kati is a native Oregonian, born and raised in beautiful Southeast Portland. She played basketball and volleyball her first two years at Marshall Campus and then graduated from Oregon City High School in 2008. Previously she has worked at Charlotte Russe and Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor. In addition to working at Farber, Kati also works in a law firm office. She likes a wide variety of things, but some of her interests include art, music, crime scene TV, and fashion. Kati loves to smile and being able to bring joy into another’s life.

FSS employee since: July 2016


Katy (Instructor)

Katy is a Beaverton native, who started swimming as a baby and has loved it ever since! She swam competitively during high school and at Sunset Athletic Club, and has been teaching on and off for the past 16 years. She loves working with kids, and finds nothing so satisfying as helping a student overcome fears, and watch them learn to love swimming and be confident in the water. In her spare time Katy enjoys watching football and rooting for her favorite teams!

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Babies (ages 4-35 months), Adults

FSS employee since: Feb 2016 (also worked at FSS from 2012-2013)


Keith (Instructor/Coach)

Keith is a swim instructor and USA Swimming registered coach. He has has been teaching and coaching swimming since May of 2002. His teaching philosophy is simple, he believes in teaching with love and kindness. He also believes that growth in anything is a constant struggle. Through that struggle character and inner strength are born.​

M.A.R.S: is an acronym that describes how he teaches.

Motivation: It is my job to make it fun and interesting.

Association: Use words and phrases that the student can relate to in order to help them understand better what you want them to achieve.

Repetition: What ever is working do it over and over until it becomes an unconscious habit.

​Senses: Use more than one method to teach. Tell them, Show them, and Help them to do each new thing they are learning.

Specialties: Ages 2-18, Adults, Team, Additional Needs, Fears

FSS employee since: May 2013


Keri (Instructor)

Keri was born in Seattle Washington but spent most of her life growing up in southern California. She learned to swim at a very young age and started on a competitive swim team when she was 6 years old. She spent her high school summers lifeguarding at the local pool and teaching swim lessons, junior lifeguarding and coaching Special Olympics. After High school she attended and graduated from OSU with a BS in Public Health. She is now perusing her Masters Degree in Public health. In addition to spending time in the water she also enjoys other sports, exploring the city, and taking segway tours around new cities.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Adults, Team

FSS employee since: May 2016


Lauren (Instructor)

Lauren is a California native whom recently moved to Portland. She taught for a swim school in Santa Cruz for 2 summers and worked as a beach lifeguard for several summers as well. Teaching swimming is how she likes to keep involved with the sport. She was a competitive swimmer for 10 years and has a lot of experience working with kids of all ages and abilities. She can't wait to swim with you!

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: July 2016


Mercedes (Office Staff)


Mercedes grew up in Oceanside, California, where she danced Mexican ballet folklorico throughout middle school and high school as a part of a performing troupe. She attended college in Los Angeles, CA, where she graduated with a degree in Business Administration and worked in the costume department of Universal Studios Hollywood. She moved to Portland in the summer of 2015 to experience real seasons – although she still loves summer the best! Along with working at Farber, Mercedes also works at an insurance agency in Portland. In her spare time, Mercedes loves reading, running, spending time with friends, going to museums and generally exploring Portland.

FSS employee since: June 2016


Maddie (Instructor)


Maddie was born and raised on Maui where she found her passion for swimming in the warm water of the Pacific Ocean! She swam competitively for twelve years on an age group team as well as her high school team. She then moved to Omaha, Nebraska to experience seasons and study Sociology and Legal Studies at Creighton University. After graduating, Maddie served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest/AmeriCorps in Aberdeen, Washington. She enjoyed being near the Pacific Ocean once again and falling in love with the PNW she decided to move to Portland to explore a new city.
Maddie has experience teaching swimmers of all ages with a range of skill-levels and is excited to be teaching babies! She enjoys watching kids build confidence in the water and have fun learning new skills. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, reading, drinking coffee, and exploring PDX!

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: Sept 2016


Mindy (Instructor)


Mindy grew up in McMinnville where she spent most of her summer swimming and playing in her aunt’s outdoor pool and the nearby creek. As a teenager, she swam for the McMinnville Grizzlies swim team and was a lifeguard and regular patron at the local aquatic center through her high school years. After high school, Mindy attended Corban University in Salem and graduated with a BS in Math and Math Education.

Her favorite swim stroke is butterfly and her favorite competition event is the 200 freestyle. Outside of the pool, Mindy is an avid reader, hiker and swing dancer! Her favorite part of living in Portland is the amazing food around most every corner. Whether she’s teaching differential equations or how to dolphin kick, Mindy loves to teach! She’s worked with students of all ages and really enjoys building relationships with her students and seeing them overcome challenges.

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: May 2016


Nick (Instructor / Pee Wee Coach)

Nick is a USA certified coach who is originally from Austin Texas. At the humble the age of seven he donned a speedo, and never looked back, swimming competitively all the way through high school. He took a breather while attending the University of Texas, but eventually found his way back into coaching. Throughout his career, he has worked with various age groups and skill levels, ranging from developmental to competitive. Back in Texas, he coached for a gold level swim team, leading the Silver and High School Training groups, as well as spending a summer learning under Dave Salo, the head coach of USC. He recently moved to Oregon, and is excited to get back in the water as an instructor. Nick loves to write/play/record music, Hi-5s, The Beatles, and pizza! He is also a ping pong enthusiast. There is so much to love, but mostly, he loves the idea that any swimmer can improve, embrace a challenge, learn to believe in themselves, and have fun doing it!

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Team, & Adults

FSS employee since: April 2016


Sarah (Instructor)

Sarah is a born and raised Californian who has loved the water from a young age. Sarah made her way up to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon where she graduated from in 2015 with a bachelors in Biological Anthropology. She is now living in Beaverton and is attending the Oregon Culinary Institute. At the University of Oregon, Sarah took years of fitness swimming classes and obtained her SCUBA certification. Water has always been part of Sarah's life and is she excited to bring her passion for water activities to Farber Swim School. Sarah is especially looking forward to working with babies and inspiring a new generation of swimmers!

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Babies (ages 4-35 months)

FSS employee since: Sept 2016


Trina (Instructor)

Katrina grew up in Gresham and swam competitively up until her Senior year of high school. She also swam for the Mavericks club team and later taught lessons for them as well. She most recently graduated from East West College Of The Healing Arts where she studied massage therapy. When not at FSS, she works at a chiropractic clinic. Katrina loves swimming and helping others. She can't wait to start working with you!

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: August 2016


Veronika (Instructor)

Veronika grew up in Portland and was taught to swim in a calmer section of the Willamette River. She currently competes on two swim teams; Sunset High School's swim team as well as FSS' Penguins. She plans to be swimming for the rest of high school and after. Along with swimming, Veronika is a member of her school's varsity water polo team. Her favorite swim stroke is the breaststroke and the thing she loves the most about children is their enthusiasm to learn.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Babies (ages 4-35 months), Adults, Team Level

FSS employee since: July 2015
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9470 SW Beav. Hills. Hwy.
Beaverton, OR 97005
info@farberswimschool.com
503.292.1255

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