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.

Adam Farber & Kristin Farber

Annie, Catherine, Cici, Kati, Mercedes

Annie, Blake, Brian, Cait, Cici, Claire, Doug, Jared, Javen, Jen, Keith, Keri, Lauren, Maddie, Rachael, Rachel, 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

  • 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!


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

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

Brian (Instructor)

Brian was raised in the Hillsboro, Oregon area. Swimming came naturally to Brian at a young age -- probably because he was the youngest in his family and had to work hard to keep up with his older brothers! He then competed on swim team through high school, and currently attends Portland Community College pursuing a degree in psychology. Brian loves being active and exercising, especially swimming and running. He is excited to meet his students and help them reach their goals -- and beyond!

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: December 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

Cait (Instructor)

Cait began her competitive swimming career in 1994 in Shaker Heights, Ohio when summer swim lessons were full at her local rec center and her mom decided to try her on the swim team instead. Cait never left the pool and swam competitively for club teams in Ohio, Nebraska, and Minnesota before swimming in college for Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She continues to swim in triathlons and Masterís swimming.

In 2001 she found an additional outlet for swimming as a teacher and coach. Sheís been working as a teacher and coach since then, taking a break only to complete her MFA in Film Production at FSU in 2012. She is excited to continue her swimming career in her new Oregon home. When not at FSS, Cait is an Assistant Coach at Westview High School for the menís and womenís swim teams. Cait most enjoys preparing swimmers for competition, but has experience teaching all ages and skill levels, including babies and toddlers! Her teaching focuses on developing good technique at every level and fostering a life long love of the sport.

Specialties: Ages 3-18

Additional languages: German

FSS employee since: November 2016

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, Team, 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

Jared (Instructor)

Jared grew up in the rural Northwest Arkansas region. At a young age Jared began building boats and sailing on the family pond in just about anything that would float. The limited engineering ability led to a few capsized vessels and Jared's parents taught him to swim right away. The many lakes and rivers of the area were the perfect teaching grounds for any young boys adventurous mind. While in his youth Jared participated in multiple water safety and extreme water rescue courses. To this day Jared continues to enjoy many water activities including kayaking, sailing and surfing.

Jared's other passion is aviation. His day job is in aircraft sales and market analysis and he is currently pursuing his commercial pilots licenses with the goal of flying fire suppression for the Forest Service.

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: October 2016

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

Additional languages: Spanish (fluent)
FSS employee since: September 2016

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: August 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 Fishermanís 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 anotherís life.

FSS employee since: July 2016

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 / Pee Wee Coach)

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 B., a swim and cycling enthusiast, comes to FSS with several years' experience working with children as a swim and dance instructor and as a volunteer for various community organizations. She is currently attending PSU and looks forward to a career in Health Education. She loves being active in her community and especially helping young people learn and grow and reach their potential.

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: November 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 Ė 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 & Babies (ages 4-35 months)

FSS employee since: Sept 2016

Rachael (Instructor)

Rachael is from Manchester, United Kingdom. Her family moved to Rhode Island USA in 2011, but due to school and work commitments Rachael could only follow her family over in 2016. Rachael loves the outdoors, water and sports so decided the west coast of USA was a better suit for her. She moved to Portland in November 2016.
Since the age of 3, swimming has been Rachael's life. She swam at national and international level for Great Britain. Her favourite strokes are Butterfly and Backstroke, and won medals on these favoured strokes on the world stage.
Rachael retired from competition and training as a professional swimmer in 2009 with a shoulder injury. Since then, Rachael has continued her passion for sport being involved with numerous coaching and mentoring companies in the U.K. She also has a first class honours degree in Sports Development with Coaching.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Babies (4-36 months), Littles (3 & 4 yr olds), Team

FSS employee since: December 2016

Rachel (Instructor)

Rachel is from Sandy, Oregon and is working on her Masters in Teaching here in Beaverton. She learned to swim at a young age and considers it second nature thanks to an early introduction. Rachel was part of the La Salle high school swimming team during her senior year and loved the freestyle stroke, but the dolphin kick was also fun to practice. She now prefers running consistently, but swimming always sounds like fun (especially if the water is warm)!

Rachel has spent several years working in preschools and is currently working in a 4th grade classroom as part of her Masters program through OSU (go Beavs!). She aims to teach elementary and possibly high school French in the future. For now, she's enjoying the hands-on learning process and spending quality time with her cat at home.

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: Oct 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
Fun at the Pool!
9470 SW Beav. Hills. Hwy.
Beaverton, OR 97005