Our Charleston Swim Family

Meet The Owners

Amy Emde

Founder, Master Teacher

Amy was raised in Beaufort, SC. Growing up in a coastal sea island town, Amy developed a strong love for the water and swimming. She graduated from Charleston Southern University with a double major in Psychology & Religion with an emphasis on Child Development. She started teaching swim lessons in 2008…

Christopher Emde

Chief Operations Officer, Military Swim Test Specialist, Senior Teacher

Christopher is a Citadel  graduate & has invested 20 years in the Marine Corps as an artillery specialist & logistics officer. His leadership in operations management led him to receive several awards and accolades. Since a young boy he has been passionate about swimming & participates in a local Torpedo league…

Meet Our Teachers

Sarah Baldwin

Operations Manager, Master Teacher

Sarah Baldwin graduated from the College of Charleston with a double major in Secondary Education and Sociology. She is currently attending Liberty University…

Sarah Reasons

Master Teacher

Sarah is a senior teacher with Charleston Swim & has been with the school since 2018. She is from Naperville, Illinois. She loves swimming, yoga…

Leah Benn

Swim Teacher

Leah is from Beaufort, South Carolina. She loves swimming and everything about the water. She has been teaching swim lessons every summer for…

Kacie Cooper

Swim Teacher

Kacie has taught in a pre-k classroom setting for 6 years before deciding to become a swim instructor. She also has experience as a lifeguard working for…

Tanya Cornejo

Swim Teacher

Tanya is from Muscatine, IA. She graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Biology. Tanya was on the swim team in high school. She also has experience…

Jeanne-Marie Martin

Swim Teacher

Jeanne Marie grew up in Charleston SC, and has 20 years of swim experience including competitive year round varsity swimming for Wando HS, neighborhood swim team…

Madison McElhinney

Swim Teacher

Madison grew up in Southern California where she spent my summers swimming. She moved to Charleston to attend Charleston school of Law. Madison has been…

Carlie Muckelvaney

Swim Teacher

Carlie was born and raised in Charleston. She was a part of her high school swim team for five years and did two competitive summer swim seasons…

Loren Simms

Swim Teacher

Loren is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she spent summers swimming and enjoying time in the water at the beach. Loren has worked with children for the past 11 years. She holds a bachelors in elementary education and a masters in speech language pathology…

Kel Tyler

Swim Teacher

Kel is from San Diego, California, and has been in the water since day one! She competed on her high school swim team in freestyle and breaststroke events, and has…

Emma Horne

Seasonal Swim Teacher

Emma is a rising freshman from Charleston, SC. Living on the coast, she has always had a love of the water. She has been swimming competitively for over 10 years on both…

Elin Fields

Seasonal Swim Teacher

Elin is from Toledo, Ohio where she grew up in and around the pool and participated in a local swim team. She is currently entering her senior year of high school at Pinewood…

Meet Our Office Staff

Johnna Murray

Business/Office Manager

Johnna has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a Master’s degree in Business Communications.  She has a diverse work history that includes: Community…

Briana Touchton

Senior Administrator

Briana is from Lakeland, GA and resides in Jacksonville, NC. She is a graduate of  Wiregrass Georgia Technical College graduate and has been working in the…

Alissa Blackwell-Scott

Office Administrator

Alissa lives in Cave Creek Arizona. She has degrees in Justice Studies and Program Management. Previous employment included more than 15 years in Social Services…

Kaitlyn Grady

Assistant Office Manager

Kaitlyn, a native of Oregon, now calls Charleston home. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, where she specialized in Family and Human…

Sarah Discenza

Office Administrator

Sarah, a Jersey Shore native, brings her administrative expertise and passion for social equity to Charleston Swim. With a background in business administration…

See what our employees are saying:

“Family atmosphere, supportive, and flexible.”

“Charleston Swim is the best company! Leadership is always there for you and ready to accommodate when needed!! I highly suggest working for Charleston Swim School.” – Current Employee

“Fun flexibile work place that lets you work independtly!”

This has been a great place to work! I love the job because it being remote offers me the flexibility I need, but I still feel connected to my coworkers. Managment was so responsive throughout my training period and beyond. Working in the office for Charleston Swim School you get to work indpendtly and figure things out yourself throughout the day, but have the team to check in with and bounce ideas around when needed! It is a really fast passed job and things are always changing, but as long as you are organzied, a good problem solver, and enjoy people, you will be happy with admin work at CSS” – Current Employee

“Family Team Atmosphere, Good Pay, Flexibility”

“You work on your own yet with the team. Lots of support. One of the highest paying swim teacher jobs in Charleston! Lots of opportunity to earn more money on top of regular pay through tips, commissions, and bonuses. Super friendly staff. Supervisors give good feedback and provide opportunities for open communication.

– Current Employee