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, Christiane, Catherine, & Kendra

Instructors:
Annie, Chase, Christiane, Chuck, Freeman, Gavin, Ian, Jamie, Jen, Josh, Keith, Kendra, Klee, Mike, PK, & 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 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 of 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:
  • 2014 - Boy's 1st in state
  • 2014 - Girl's 4th in state
  • 2013 - Girl's 2nd in state
  • 2013 - Boy's 1st 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

Additional Qualifications: Special Needs, Adults, Team Level, Babies (ages 4-35 months)


Kristin Farber (Owner / Business Manager)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg Kristin grew up swimming in pools or in lakes and rivers and took formal lessons for many years. Her background is in teaching and coordinating sports and recreational programs for youth and adults. She has worked for Oregon State University's rec department and KidSpirit Youth Programs, Willamette Valley Girls on the Run, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 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.


Additional qualifications: Babies (ages 4-35 months)

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. 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 the 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 getting to interact with the families on their way through to lessons. Catherine works as a volunteer in the cattery at the Oregon Humane Society, and in her free time she enjoys camping and hiking in the great outdoors 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. Chase was a competitive swimmer in both middle school and later on the Powell High School Panthers team, where he qualified to swim at state all four years. He loves working with the kids in the water here at Farber and especially enjoys playtime. 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 (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 baby classes is helping parents gain confidence in their little ones' skills. You'd be surprised how much a baby can do in the water, from underwater glides to back-floats as young as one month old! 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, Christiane is a portrait/family/wedding photographer. She is also studying for her bachelor's degree from the Art Institute of Portland where she has picked up a side interest in graphic design. Outside of school she loves doing anything artistic, from sewing, to painting and drawing. Her favorite athlete is Michelle Kwan and she loves watching figure skating!

Additional Qualifications: Babies (ages 4-35 months)

FSS employee since: September 2012


Chuck (Instructor)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg Chuck is a west coaster, born and raised the San Fenando Valley, moving at age 8 to Reno/Sparks NV, then four years later right here to Beaverton. While his competitive swim career began in Reno, his professional aquatic career started with Tualitin Hills of Oregon back in March of 1974. He attended college at Pacific University in Forest Grove where he was the Swim Team Captain both his freshman and sophomore years. He then moved to Anchorage for 3 1/2 years where he attended a 2-year Bible School, began high school swim coaching, and worked as a hydrotherapist in an outpatient clinic. During his last year in Anchorage he started the Alaska Swim School.

He then headed south to attend Seattle Pacific University, where he studied Political Science and International Business. He coached high school swim teams for 14 years and managed a number of area beaches and pools. Highlights of this time include: creating the Lake Washington Lifeguard Challenge Cup, bringing the United States Lifesaving Association to the Pacific NW, and originating NIKESwim.

In May of 2014 he returned to Beaverton, moving into his childhood bedroom to care for his still-vibrant 80-year-old mom. Since returning Chuck has become involved in the local SAFEKids coalition water safety committee, the Portland Area Aquatics Council, and is currently exploring opportunities to create an Historium for his extensive collection of Aquatic/Swim memorabilia.

With these credentials you might ask, “Why are you at FSS?” Well, Chuck has this to say to you: "Of all the things I've done in Aquatics, the thing I enjoy most is teaching people to swim, especially the 3­-to-6 year olds. I am excited to help educate our FSS swimmers about how to safely enjoy the fun and health benefits of being in and around the water. See ya in the pool."

Additional Qualifications: Special needs & adults

FSS employee since: October 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


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


Kendra (Instructor/Office Assistant)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg Kendra recently moved to Portland from Los Angeles to start graduate school at Portland State University. She is pursuing her master's degree in social work. Kendra is originally from Ankeny, IA and spent most of her younger years growing up around the mid-west.

Kendra started swimming at the age of 10, after many years of playing a variety of sports. Kendra swam competitively throughout high school and during her first year in college. Kendra's favorite strokes are butterfly and freestyle. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her bachelor's degree in Spanish and speech pathology.

Kendra taught lessons for five years-in both group and private settings. She has also been an assistant coach for the junior swim team at her local YMCA. Kendra enjoys helping kids and adults overcome their fear of water and watching them develop their passion for swimming.​ Kendra loves making the practice of swimming fun for everyone and encourages a healthy lifestyle through enjoyment of all levels. Kendra enjoys knitting in her spare time and thrift shopping. You will also see Kendra in the office and she is eager to meet and get to know the families at FSS.

Additional Qualifications: TBD

FSS employee since: September 2014


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

FSS employee since: May 2012


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


PK (Instructor)

 photo NoPhoto_zpsd707146a.jpg PK's first swim lesson was a Mom and Me class when she was three months old, where she reportedly cried every time she had to get out of the pool. She grew up with a pool in her back yard, where she was frequently threatened with grounding if she didn't get out for meals and to sleep. PK started swim, dive, and synchronized swimming teams when she was 5 and continued some combination of them through junior high. She started lifegarding and teaching swim lessons in high school. Over the years she has worked at a variety of pools and a YMCA Camp waterfront, before moving to Discover Aquatics swim school in Olympia during college. In her last year at The Evergreen State College, she started her own swim business, which she continued through graduate studies in Child and Family Therapy. After graduating with a MA in Psychology, PK moved to Portland to start private practice and found a good fit with Farber Swim School to continue teaching lessons. PK has over 10 years of experience teaching swim lessons and loves teaching people of all ages and abilities to move more effectively and comfortably in the water. She has extra training and a genuine passion for teaching those who are afraid or uncomfortable in the water and helping them to overcome their fears. When she's not in the pool, PK practices child and family therapy in Portland, gardens, spends time with her pack of animals (a cat, a dog, and five chickens), and plays in the water whenever possible, though she no longer cries when she has to get out
Additional Qualifications: Adults & team level

FSS employee since: October 2014


Rebecca (Instructor / Pee Wee Head Coach)

 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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