Meet My Team

God has blessed me with my wonderful husband, James, of 19 years, four beautiful girls and now our precious boy!  I consider them my highest calling on this earth.   You will often see my girls in the pool, gathering toys, handing out kick boards, getting you to fill out the digital release or "watching the wall" so our little swimmers don't plop in!  They have all been swimming since they were about 2 1/2 years old and have grown up in and around the water. Some of them have gotten a child or two to put their face in the water before before I have!  They already think they can "do it like mommy". 

I can't believe I have been teaching kids to swim for more than 17 years.  I am just as excited about this summer as I was in the beginning. There is something special about taking a child who is screaming, or too terrified to get in the water and after a few short lessons they are swimming!  It's an amazing privilege to gain that trust of children and adults and I have done it hundreds of times!  

I am excited about teaching your children this summer and I am just as excited about My Team.... I believe in sovereignty and I believe God has provided me with the highest caliber of instructors. I trust them completely with my 5 children or I wouldn't have them in the water with yours!

Alexa

Alexa

Hi, my name is Alexa Vineyard. I currently go to school in Hallsville, Texas. I started swimming with Mrs. Gina when I was just 3 years old. She has given me the opportunity to assist her during summer with the, "Swim With Gina" organization. Watching kids grow with their skills and love for water is amazing. This job has changed me and helped me grow into a much better person. Being able to walk kids through things they find difficult and teach them something they have never known how to do, is amazing. Mrs. Gina has taught me how to love and support everyone. Working with her has been a great experience, and I hope I get to help your child this summer!
Chloey

Chloey

Hi, my name is Chloey Story. I currently go to Christian Heritage School. I took swim lessons from Gina starting when I was 3 years old till I was 12 and in 2015 Gina allowed me to start helping teach swim lesson with her. Teaching swim lessons is an amazing opportunity that has taught me responsibility. Watching the kids learn to love the water and learn to swim is amazing. Teaching the kids allows me to grow close and form a bond with the kids that makes them more comfortable in the water. I love seeing the kids start to love swimming as much as I do. I'm so grateful to Gina for giving me this amazing opportunity to teach children how to swim.
Kaylee

Kaylee

Hi, my name is Kaylee Dorough and I am currently a student at Marshall High School. I volunteered at Swim With Gina two summers ago and this will be my second year teaching. I love how friendly the team is and most of all, I love teaching the kids and watching them grow. Mrs. Gina has made me a more positive and professional person. I enjoy everything I do for her whether it be teaching someone how to swim or babysitting her kids. I am so proud to be a part of her team!
Hailey

Hailey

Hi my name is Hailey Smelley!! I am married to my sweet husband Wade and have my Associate’s Degree from TJC. During off season for swim I work at East Texas Montessori Prep Academy in Longview, Tx. My heart is with kids!! I love to work with them on skills they don’t know, or struggle with, and see them accomplish their goals. Whether that be academically or in the water. I have known Gina since 2015 when she guided me through obtaining my lifeguard certification. Since then I have helped fill in when our other team members are off during the summer along with babysitting her kids! Gina has also mentored me through engagement and becoming a wife. Gina has helped me grow personally with my walk with God and in relationships as well as a swim instructor. Gina truly cares for all her employees and students. I couldn’t think of a better woman to lead us! I’m looking forward to working with the Swim With Gina team more often this summer and meeting all the kids we get the privilege of teaching swim too! I hope to motivate all my students to be their best and learn knew skills but most importantly water safety!!!! I’ll see you in the water!!!
Jack

Jack

Hi, my name Is Jack Walker. I am going to be attending Christian Heritage High School this fall as a junior. This will be my fourth summer working with Gina, who has given me the opportunity to train kids for the water at many ages as well as helped me develop as a licensed lifeguard and a teacher. Helping kids develop strong habits and performance in the water is one of the most important priorities to me, and I am very excited to continue working this summer. I love my job and I love working for Mrs. Gina, and I hope your kids will join us this summer.

Hayden

Hayden

Hi, my name is Hayden Guthrie and I’m a student at Elysian Fields High School. I first met the Hesters on our swim team when I was 8. They have always been kind people and she has always cared for the safety of others around the pool area. I never got to take swim lessons with Mrs. Gina when I was younger, but I was recently certified as a lifeguard after attending a class led by Mr. James. I look forward to spending time with your children and helping them learn to swim.