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Our Teachers

  • Ann-Marie McMillan

    Baby & Pre-school and Swim Academy Teacher

    Meet Ann-Marie, this lady has been teaching with us since 2010, and she was our 1st teacher in the franchise after Cate. Ann-Marie teaches baby and pre-school and swim academy classes for Puddle Ducks Derbyshire. Ann-Marie's classes are lots of fun, her passion for her role is evident and it is clear that her customers love her as they nominate her to win the teacher of the term award every term.

  • Jane Leyland

    Head of teaching

    Jane has two roles within Puddle Ducks Derbyshire, her Head of teaching role, which is all about ensuring our team are teaching to the very high standards we expect in Puddle Ducks, delivering training sessions, mentoring new trainee's and ensuring our teachers paperwork and health and safety requisites are all up to scratch.

    Oh and on top of this, teaches 31 classes each week, Baby and pre-school, Swim Academy and Elite, it is fair to say that this lady is loved by all, customers and colleagues, dedicated, passionate, totally committed to her role in every way. I think this is one of the reasons she is voted for teacher of the term every single term by her customers. If you are lucky to have Jane as your teacher you are truly fortunate

  • Tina Bagshaw

    Baby & Pre-school and Swim Academy Teacher/Senior Teacher

    Tina is also a Puddle Ducks customer, the best teachers usually are, Tina joined us in Splashers with Archie who is now a little dipper, it was abundantly clear that she loved her classes and made it clear from the outset how much she would love to teach. She wowed us at her interview when she sung our welcome song to us as part of her presentation.

    Tina is a bundle of enthusiasm, passion and energy and her customers adore her, Tina's approach is tailored accordingly and she has continued to train to become a Swim Academy teacher too. You cannot fail to fall in love with this bubbly lady.

    Tina was promoted to the role of senior teacher in November 2016, proving that the right attitude can reap rewards.

  • Julie Lord

    Baby & Pre-school and Swim Academy Teacher/Senior Teacher

    Julie Joined Puddle Ducks as a customer in April 2013 with her baby Phoebe in our floaties class, they are still with Puddle Ducks and Phoebe has worked her way through our programme and into our Dippers class. 

    Cate had her eye on Julie even when she was a customer in her floaties class as she just knew this lovely lady would be a fab teacher, Julie then joined the team as a Swim Academy teacher & teacher our Elite programme too, then in February 2016 Julie also qualified to teach Baby and pre-school classes too. 

    Julie's oozes professionalism, passion and has a lovely caring nature, her classes are lots of fun too. Julie was also promoted to the role of senior teacher for our Swim Academy classes in November 2016.

  • Kerry Dale

    Baby & Pre-school and Swim Academy Teacher

    Kerry has been a customer of ours for a while, intially in her role as a nanny for a little boy and then as a Mummy herself when her baby boy Oscar joined us, Kerry had also had some teaching experience in the past too so when she expressed an interest in teaching for us and we were thrilled to be able to offer her the role.

    Kerry qualified in November 2015 and you would never know that she had been teaching for us for much longer. What can we say about this lady, she has a lovely warm nature and a fantastic manner with not only the babies and children but the parents too, she has a wonderful way of bonding with the little one's and has shown a real passion for teaching. Kerry has recently qualified to teach Swim Academy too and we just know she will excel here too.

  • Louise Buxton

    Baby & Pre-school Teacher

    Louise was also a Puddle Ducks customer who joined us with her baby Jasmine in our flaoties class at Woodlands school, Jasmine now swims in our Intermediate class level and is nearly 7 years of age. Louise initially worked for us in a Poolside Assistant role at The Royal Derby Hospital. Louise then went onto qualify to teach Baby and preschool in the Autumn of 2014.

    Louise has become an excellent teacher whose ability to interpret and understand both her children and parents needs is second to none, she loves teaching and this shows in a big way, you are truly blessed if Louise is your teacher, you could not wish to meet a kinder person.

  • Rachael O'Reilly

    Baby & Pre-school Teacher

    Rachael is a bit of a multi-tasker, she has 3 young children, they all swim with Puddle Ducks, she works part time as a PE teacher and teaches for Puddle Ducks

    Rachael made enquiries way back in 2010 when she was swimming in our Floaties class with her eldest son Charlie, the timing wasn't quite right then but we were lucky enough to get this lovely lady on our teaching team since 2013.

    Rachael is patient, kind, encouraging, fun, passionate and dedicated to delivering the best possible classes she can, her customers speak very highly of her and we keep trying to persuade her to teach more classes for us. This lady can teach !

  • Rebecca Pridmore

    Baby & pre-school teacher

    Meet the lovely Rebecca, who qualified in October 2014 after, you guesed it being inspired by attending classes with her baby daughter Alanis in our flaoties class, Alanis is now a Dipper, Rebecca is a much loved teacher who has great presence in the pool,technical knowledge of our programme, an amazing smile and a warm welcome will await anyone who is lucky enough to have Rebecca as their teacher.

    Rebecca also has an amazing singing voice and sings in a Motown band when she is not in the pool or spending time with her family, so as music plays such an important part of our classes the delivery of the songs will be top notch (no pressue Rebecca) !

  • Donna Taylor

    Baby & pre-school & Swim Academy teacher

    Meet Donna, Donna joined the Derbyshire team after running her own franchise for 6 years, when she had her 3rd baby boy Raffi (born April 2016) she just wanted to be a Mummy & spend that precious time with her family, she still  continued to teach the full Puddle Ducks programme throughout whilst still running her growing franchise, & growing family,no mean feat !

    Donna sold part of her franchise to Derbyshire and part to Nottingham in March 2017, allowing her to step back and focus on her family, Finn 10, Zachary 8 & Raffi (her lovely boys)

    Donna kindly agreed to continue to teach at Ibstock Leisure complex for us as she was keen to continue to share her passion for teaching our classes.

  • Fay Bird

    Fay Bird

    Baby & pre school teacher

    Fay came to Puddle Ducks as she had already made the decision to teach swimming and had started her training with the ASA. She is a bit of a rarity, as she wasn’t already a Puddle Ducks mummy, but Fay worked really hard to gain an understanding of all of our programme levels and activities, as well as learning our huge list of songs too. Fay is mum to 3 lovely boys aged 7, 2 & 1, so she has her hands pretty full when she isn’t in the pool. Fay passed her assessments in November 2017 and is always ready to greet you in her classes with her huge smile!