Joanna is back for her 8th season with Head Above Water! She has previously worked for the East Los Angeles County of Aquatics as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and swim coach and now has over ten years of experience working with children in the pool. She is currently at East Los Angeles college working towards a psychology degree. In and out of the pool, Joanna is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and she has an immpeccable way of connecting with children. Your child is sure to have an absolute blast splashing in the pool with Joanna!
"We have been so happy with Joanna!! We used her last year for Parent & Me lessons and this year in regular lessons Joanna has really encouraged my son Chase to try and swim on his own and learn to trust himself."
-Julie K., Beverly Hills, Summer 2019
"We all love Miss Joanna!! She has taught my two children more than any other instructor. She's the best!!"
-Joanna M., Beverly Hills, Summer 2018
"My daughter REALLY enjoyed her lessons with Joanna! Joanna was super friendly and made my daughter feel very comfortable in the water! My daughter can't wait to take lessons with her sometime soon!"
-Natasha B., West LA Pool, Summer 2017
"All in all, we've been so happy with HAW and are grateful for the wonderful work Joanna has done. It's a miracle! Joanna has the perfect temperament for teaching young children. She is very calm and reassuring. Our kids have really made amazing progress! In fact, my youngest has let go her fear of the water and is now actually jumping into the deep end. I never thought this would be possible at this stage of the lesson. Joanna has also been teaching the girls how to exit the pool safely and slowly trying to get them to float on their backs. I'm really glad the girls are learning how to react in an emergency situation!"
-Amy R., West LA, Summer 2016
"We are so happy with Joanna! She is such an amazing and patient instructor. My girls have made such amazing advances in a short period of time. I already highly recommended HAW to a good friend!"
-Angela Z., West LA, Summer 2016
"I actually booked lifeguard services for my daughter's pool party. Joanna was wonderful with the girls. She even stayed late and hung out with the girls like a big sister would. They all loved her and wished she could have stayed for the entire evening. "
-Sally M., Santa Monica, Summer 2016
"The lessons with Joanna went amazingly well. At the first lesson, there were a few tears by Rachel (my older but more fearful daughter) but Joanna's calm and cool personality made Rachel calm down enough to complete the lesson. She really pushed Rachel to do more and it's clear that Joanna really knows what she is doing. By the end, I was so grateful that Joanna pushed her. It was an impressive first lesson. My other daugther, Kate at first didn't even want to put her suit on but she saw that her sis was doing fine so went right in. She is fearless."
-Angie R., West LA, Summer 2016
"Joanna is a fantastic teacher!! She has the perfect temperament for my girls -- gentle, fun, calm and confident. I would use her again in a heartbeat!!! My girls have progressed leaps and bounds in four lessons only."
-Alex V., Beverly Hills, Summer 2015
"Joanna is an AMAZING teacher! Shane's 3rd lesson was today and he was swimming by himself!!! This was a child who although loves being in water was scared to put his head under water and now he's swimming!!! Just had to share!!"
-Caren G., Beverly Hills, Summer 2015
"My daughter loved her first swim lesson and asked if she can have the same teacher again. The instructor was patient, kind and super nice! I enjoyed watching the interaction between the 2 of them and I saw my daughter improving and learning new things. Thank you!"
-Anat S., West LA, Summer 2015
Ages Joanna Works With: 6 months through Adult
Joanna's Schedule: Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm
Areas Joanna Teaches: West Los Angeles and surrounding areas
Read on to get to know Joanna even better...
Q1: Where did you grow up?
City Terrace/Montebello, CA
Q2: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Spain, so I can dance all night and take naps during the day!
Q3: What is your favorite thing about being a swim instructor?
When I help a child overcome their fear of the water.
Q4: Who is your hero?
Q5: If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?