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:
Amelia M, Annie M, Catherine, Christi, Cici

Instructors:
Annie C, Annie M, Camille, Chuck, Cici, Evan, Freeman, Gavin, Hansika, Jamie, Jen, Jenny, Josh, Klee, Laura, Mike, Owen, Toni, 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:
  • 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


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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Amelia (PAC Site Manager / Office Staff)

A swim instructor for 5 years, learning both the Red Cross and Swim America methods of teaching, she recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelorís degree in communication studies. Amelia brings a strong passion for aquatic programs and an interest in developing community engagement. As the PAC site manager she hopes to bring more awareness to what Farber Swim School has to offer and to develop new programs.


FSS employee since: July 2015


Annie M (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


Annie C (Instructor)

Annie C. grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and moved to Portland two years ago. She started swim lessons at the tender age of 2 and by 7 she was swimming on teams. She swam competitively in grade school and high school, where she earned two varsity letters. Annie has a hard time choosing between her favorite athletes; she is a big fan of Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, Bailey Nero, and Jordan Spieth. Her favorite stroke is Freestyle (sprint). In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and cheering on her college team. Go Jayhawks! Annie loves kidsí sense of humor, and their amazing ability to grow and adapt. She believes a teacher must be a good listener and know how to assess each individualís needs while still pushing them to improve.


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

FSS employee since: March 2015


Camille (Instructor)

Camille grew up right here in Beaverton, and has swum competitively for 8 years on the Dolphins Swim Team. She swam competitively all through high school as well, and recently her team won their metro and district championships! Camille loves working with kids because they are eager to learn and their enthusiasm is contagious. She is a creative person, loves writing, and is involved in her schoolís choir and theater programs. Missy Franklin is her favorite athlete, and the Butterfly is her favorite swim stroke. Camille believes patience is a teacherís most valuable asset and canít wait to guide young swimmers toward loving swimming as much as she does!


Specialties: Ages 3-18, Team level

FSS employee since: June 2015


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 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 interacting with the families on their way through to the pool. 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.

FSS employee since: December 2013


Christi (Office Staff)

images/Christi.JPG Born and raised here in Portland, Oregon, Christi is working on a degree in Social Work at Portland State University, with a focus on counseling children and families. For fun she likes to play music with friends, paint and juggle. She juggles office duties, of course, but also balls, pins, and other objects. She's a big animal lover and currently lives with two dogs and three cats.

FSS employee since: May 2015


Chuck (Instructor)

Chuck is a west coaster, born and raised in 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.

After heading south to attend Seattle Pacific University, 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, ďWhy are you at FSS?Ē Well, Chuck has this to say to you: "After everything I've done in Aquatics, the thing I still 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 joy and health benefits of swimming. See ya in the pool!"

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Special Needs & Adults

FSS employee since: October 2014


Cici (AKA Christiane) (Office Manager / Billing Manager / Baby 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 at 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, Cici is a portrait/family/wedding 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. Her favorite athlete is Michelle Kwan and she loves watching figure skating!

Specialties: Babies (ages 4-35 months)

FSS employee since: September 2012


Evan (Instructor)

Evan is originally from South Carolina but grew up mainly in Scotland. He has been swimming competitively for 6 years, and has placed/medaled at state, regional, and national championships. Out of the water he teaches elementary and middle school kids and has also coached at his private club. His favorite athlete is Michael Jordan, who didnít make the high school team but through hard work became the greatest basketball player of all time. Evanís favorite stroke is Freestyle. He loves kidsí spirit and their innocence, and thinks the most important thing a teacher can do is to make learning fun. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and photography.


Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: June 2015


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. He left the team in 2007, but continued teaching swim lessons afterward. His favorite athlete is Albert Pujols. He enjoys writing, listening to music, and watching old movies.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Special Needs, Fears, 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, and 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 teams. He started working at Farber Swim School in November 2011 and became a coach in April 2012. Coaching/teaching is his favorite job because he loves to see children succeed, reaching higher levels than they ever knew they could. Gavin loves being active, so you can usually find him in the gym, running or on the beach surfing. In his spare time he enjoys running, reading, biking, and playing with his two Boxer dogs.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Special Needs, Fears, Adults, Team level & Lifeguard-certified

FSS employee since: November 2011


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


Jamie (Instructor / Instructor Representative)

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 all through high school. She swam competitively for her Navy ROTC unit at OSU, and was 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. In California, she has freelanced as a swim instructor to children. Jamie loves to create "Super Swimmers" and believes in empowering children as well as adults to be at ease in the water and enjoy all the physical and psychological benefits of swimming. In her spare time she loves hiking, reading, and Salsa dancing! Her favorite stroke is the Butterfly.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Adults, Special needs, Fears & Team-level

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.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Special needs, Team Level & Adults

FSS employee since: February 2014


Jenny (Instructor)

images/Jenny.jpg Jenny has lived in Portland all 16 years of her life. She started competitive swimming at age 8, joined the Portland Aquatic Club at age 10, and joined the Farber Swim School Penguins when she was 14. She also swims for the Sunset High School varsity swim team under Farber Swim School Owner/Coach Adam. Her favorite strokes are the Butterfly and Freestyle, and she loves to swim the 500 free. Jenny enjoys working with children, she works in her churchís nursery and babysits regularly. She also volunteers at Girl Scout camp over the summer. Jenny is currently a sophomore at Sunset High School. After high school, Jenny wants to study Chemistry or Biology. In her free time, Jenny loves to read, sing, draw, and listen to music.


Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: May 2015


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, and has completed a few triathlons. His favorite stroke is Freestyle. His favorite thing about teaching is watching others succeed, even if it is as simple as getting comfortable being in the pool. Josh also enjoys hiking, biking, and playing around in the pool!

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Adults, Special Needs, Fears

FSS employee since: February 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 and his favorite stroke is 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.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Adults & Team-level

FSS employee since: May 2012


Laura (Instructor / Pee Wee Head Coach)

Laura is a lifelong swimmer from Keizer, Oregon. Her mom put her in the water as an infant, and so she ended up learning to swim before she learned to walk! At the age of 5 she started swimming on a team for her local swim club. Later she swam for her high school team as well as Salem Aquatic Club, with her specialty stroke being the Butterfly. When she was 18 she started teaching lessons at the Courthouse Athletic Club in her hometown. She currently has a massage therapy practice in Portland and is working to finish her bachelorís degree in philosophy with a minor in womenís studies at Portland State University. When the opportunity arose to begin teaching swimming lessons again she could not pass it up; she considers teaching swimming one of the most fun and rewarding things to do! She loves teaching all skill levels, but especially enjoys teaching and refining more advanced techniques. In her spare time Laura enjoys playing the piano, reading philosophy, and spending time with her fiancť.

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

FSS employee since: May 2015


Mike (Instructor)

Mike was a military dependent and has lived all over the world, but has lived in Portland since fall of 2011. He was a competitive swimmer throughout middle school and early high school, and his favorite swim stroke is 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 the outdoors, traveling, games, and country music.

Specialties: Ages 3-18, Adults, Special Needs & Fears

FSS employee since: December 2013


Owen (Instructor)

Owen just arrived from Dublin, Ireland. This will be his 6th summer teaching swimming but his first at Farber Swim School. Originally from Connecticut he moved to Ireland at a young age with his family. Owen has been returning to the states every summer since to visit family at first and later to also teach swimming in New Jersey. He is currently attending Trinity College Dublin where he is studying computer science and business. Owen focuses on creating a safe and fun environment where students who were originally afraid of the water are eager to learn and play in it. His favorite stroke is backstroke for its use in water safety situations. Owen also swam on his towns swim team in Connecticut up until his departure to Ireland. He thoroughly enjoys helping students reach thier swimming goals what ever they may be!

When he is not surrounded by water he's looking forward to adventuring into the Oregon wilderness, playing football (aka soccer), taking in the North West and getting sun-burnt with his Friends!

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: June 2015


Toni (Instructor)

Toni grew up in Roseville, California and moved to Canby, Oregon in the summer of 2013. Toni became interested in competitive swimming at the age of 13 and joined her city's summer league team as well as her high school's team where she was named MVP for her junior varsity team in her sophomore year of high school. She continued swimming all four years of high school and added two years of water polo to the mix. She then became a long distance swimmer for her junior college before leaving her hometown to study elementary education at San Diego State University. Toni is a licensed teacher in California where she has taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade. Her favorite part about working with kids is their willingness to try new things. She loves making kids laugh and feel safe when they're learning something new. In her spare time, Toni enjoys reading science fiction novels, photography, and blogging about Portland fashion.

Specialties: Ages 3-18

FSS employee since: July 2015


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

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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