Our Charleston Swim Family

Meet Our Teachers

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

Seasonal 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…

Carlie Muckelvaney

Seasonal 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

Seasonal 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

Seasonal 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…

Abby Allen

Swim Teacher

Abby Allen, a Charleston Southern nursing student, has clinical and caregiving experience from a cardiac medical-surgical unit. She also has early childhood education…

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…

Tanya Cornejo

Seasonal 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

Seasonal 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

Seasonal 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…

Lindsey Butler

Swim Teacher

Lindsey is from Denver, Colorado and has been swimming for about 21 years now. She grew up a competitive swimmer, and went on to compete nationally…

Chloe Tart

Swim Teacher

Chloe is from Orange Beach, Alabama. She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with her BSBA in 2023 and she is currently a rising 2L…

Sarah Pooser

Seasonal Swim Teacher

Sarah is from Goose Creek, South Carolina. She loves anything centered around swimming and the water. She swam competitively for 12 years with three different…

Ruth Liu

Seasonal Swim Teacher

Ruth grew up in Charleston and is now a junior at the University of South Florida studying Health Sciences and Spanish. She has been swimming for several years through middle and…

Kayla Kerns

Swim Teacher

Kayla is from Billings, MT where she grew up loving the water, has taught a wide range of skills in gymnastics and has several years of experience working…

Sara Tierney

Seasonal Swim Teacher

Sara is from San Francisco, CA and has spent her whole life around water. She was on the swim team as well as played in club level Water Polo. Sara was a lifeguard during high school…

Anne Purkerson

Swim Teacher

Anne is originally from Virginia Beach, VA, but now calls Charleston, SC home. Anne has over nine years of professional experience in the mental health…

Meet Our Office Staff

Alissa Blackwell-Scott

Office Administrator/Billing Specialist

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…

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…

Meet Our Leadership

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…

Johnna Murray

Business 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…

Kaitlyn Grady

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…

Meet Our Founder

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…

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