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Meet the Team

  • Jenny

    Jenny

    Franchisee

    Having been a competitive swimmer and lifeguard, Jenny is passionate about swimming and water safety.  She started Puddle Ducks West Yorkshire in 2011 when she was on maternity leave with her first child Daisy.

     

  • Marie

    Marie

    Senior Teacher (Baby and Pre-School & Swim Academy)

    Marie joined Puddle Ducks in the Summer of 2017.  She decided to join Puddle Ducks as she has always loved swimming and working with young children. She has worked in childcare for the last 15 years in a variety of different roles starting as a nanny and progressing into her current full time role of a primary school teacher.

    Marie feels the best thing about working for Puddle Ducks is seeing children confident and enjoying themselves in the water.  She loves getting to know both the children and parents in her classes, that bond she sees is so special and makes for safe, happy and enjoyable lessons.

    In the spare time that she has, Marie enjoys getting out in the fresh air for a run, and going to the gym, her latest achievement is completing the Great North Run in 2017.

  • Michelle

    Michelle

    Teacher (Baby and Pre-School & Swim Academy)

    Michelle joined Puddle Ducks in January 2019 as a poolside assistant and has since completed her training and is now a Baby and PreSchool teacher. She is recently married to her husband Carl and they have a boisterous 2 and a half year old called Billy who keeps them firmly on their toes, along with their rescue cat Pancake.

    Michelle absolutely loves swimming, and being a Pisces she feels like she was born to be around water! She satisfied this need for five years by running away to work on cruise ships in which she travelled around the world sailing the seven seas. However, since she returned and ‘settled down’, Michelle works part time at Leeds Beckett University in a project management role, but also trained to be a Baby and Pre-school swimming teacher whilst she was on maternity leave in 2016. She took a break from teaching early in 2018, but is delighted to be still involved in delivering lessons with Puddle Ducks as a poolside assistant. Michelle loves seeing the babies and children just thriving in the water, and especially when the nervous ones develop and become super confident little swimmers! It’s so rewarding – and she love singing so is always singing along to the songs poolside!

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    Teacher (Baby & Pre-School)

    Sarah joined puddleducks in Jan 2020 after having worked with children with autism for over 12 years.  She wanted to become a swimming teacher after enjoying baby preschool swimming lessons with my own children.  "As a new mum it was always my favourite time of the week to feel like I was being active, socialising with other new parents and enjoying time in the water with my baby."

    Sarah is really keen to promote enjoyment of the water with other new parents and build both parents and babies water confidence.  She loves getting to know all the children in her classes and their parents and really look forward to her classes every week.  

    Sarah is also currently training to be a primary school teacher and in her spare time she loves to paint.

  • Bethany

    Bethany

    Teacher (Baby & Pre-School)

  • Laura

    Laura

    Teacher (Baby & Pre-School)

  • Poolside Assistants

    Poolside Assistants

    Barnaby, Ella, Ethan, Evie, Ismana, Jessica & Kimberley

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Business Operations Manager

    Rebecca has been working with us here at Puddle Ducks West Yorkshire since July 2016, she’s one of the friendly voices at the other end of the phone, sorting out your bookings, payments and making Puddle Ducks fit around your busy lifestyle.

    Previously Rebecca worked as a Purchasing Executive for Zenith Vehicle Contracts and made the career move to Puddle Ducks to tie in with her eldest son Freddie starting full time school as the part time hours fitted perfectly around her family life. Freddie has also previously enjoyed Puddle Ducks classes as a Little Dippers where he built amazing water confidence! 

    Rebecca really enjoys working at the Puddle Ducks office, the new routine has given her a fantastic work life balance and she enjoys speaking to all our lovely customers and the rest of the team to ensure all expects of customer service are in place and running smoothly.

    In her spare time Rebecca enjoys spending time with family, especially on the East Coast where her mum has a caravan sited, going to gigs (when she can bribe a babysitter!) and going out for meals with friends and family. 

  • Vicky

    Vicky

    Customer Care Executive

    Vicky has been with us in the office since October 2017, initially as maternity leave cover for Rebecca, but she loved it so much she has decided to stay.  She has 3 children between the ages of 4 and 9 who run rings around her and keep her very busy.  But after a 6 year career break raising a family, she felt it was time to get back to work and the part time hours ...


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