All our teachers have undergone Basic Life Support training, and are going
through rigorous instruction through World Wide Swim School.
Teacher Anton completed a Management degree in the Ateneo de Manila University. He has had several years of teaching both regular and special needs children different sports. Teacher Anton loves the outdoors, and spends his spare time free-diving, backpacking, or climbing the mountains.
Teacher Dia is a Christian who loves sports and music. She completed her bachelors degree at the University of the Philippines Los Baños where she was part of the women's basketball team as well as the university's string ensemble. She enjoys teaching music and sports to children and adults alike. Besides basketball, she is an avid swimmer and biker. Alongside her teaching swimming, she is also studying a degree in Christian counselling. In her free time, you can find her in the pool or at the gym.
Teacher Louie is a graduate of Communication from the Ateneo de Manila. She has years of experience in the academe as well as in corporate training and development. She was a competitive swimmer during her grade school and high school years, and became a skin diver in college. Currently, she works full-time for a social enterprise that aims to stop ocean bound plastic. She is passionate about teaching swimming and her love for the water to those around her.
Teacher Nicki is a former competitive swimming coach, training children and young adults for the UAAP and other national and international competitions. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University, has a graduate diploma in Psychology from Deakin University, Australia, and a masters degree in Special Education from Miriam College. She previously worked as a behavioral therapist for Autism Partnerships Australia. She specializes in teaching children with special needs, as well as infants and toddlers. She also currently holds an AUSTSWIM teaching license for Swimming and Water Safety. Alongside working as a learning support teacher, she is also the Teaching Director for The Noodies Swim School.
Teacher Ponchi is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Business Administration and is currently taking up further Theological studies. He is a former swimmer and team captain of the College of Commerce Swimming Team. He was once working in a multi-national company, then as a full-time Training Coordinator for a church. Today, he loves sharing his passion for the water by teaching students of different ages to learn to swim.
Teacher Sam graduated from De La Salle University with degrees in Organizational Communication and Advertising Management. She was a member of the DLSU football team and has done several aquathlon races. She has had experiences in teaching children within the classroom, as well as other sports such as football. Aside from teaching swimming, she also works as a copywriter.
Teacher Steffi graduated cum laude with a degree in Special Education from the University of the Philippines and ranked top 8 in the 2013 Licensure Examination for Teachers in the country. She swam competitively, was a former captain of the UP Varsity Swim Team, as well as a former member of the Philippine Women's Water Polo Team. She has several years of teaching swimming to students with differentiating abilities as well as a few years of experience in coaching a swim team. She also holds three AUSTSWIM teaching licenses: Swimming and Water Safety, Infant and Preschool Aquatics, Aquatics Access, and Inclusion. Alongside being the Managing Director of The Noodies Swim School, she is also a full-time mother to her three children.
Sydney Lagos is a cum laude graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Communication and a minor in Sociology. As an AIDA 2 certified freediver, part-time swim teacher, and a former varsity swimmer and water polo player in high school, she is always looking for an excuse to get in the water. Currently, she is also an active member of the Institusyon ng Skin Divers ng Ateneo (ISDA), teaching both skills and ocean advocacies to the newest generation of freedivers; and a student of the Manumano freediving center. Outside the water, Sydney is the COO and co-founder of Metamorphosis Group, a career coaching company named as one of the Top 100 Start-ups in the Philippines in 2022.
Khim Mella graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Fine Arts Degree in Information Design. She has since then become a licensed realtor and has gone into doing various business ventures througout the years. Today, alongside managing her small craft shop and freelance realtor work, she works with The Noodies Swim School as our Swim School Coordinator.
Stephanie Relampagos Gurango, more commonly known as Teacher Steffi, has always had a passion for teaching. She first discovered this when she taught at their church's Sunday School, assisting her father in the classroom. She then started teaching her own class and even helped in homeschooling her youngest sister. In 2003, she started competitive swimming and has since loved the sport. Inspired by the disabilities her siblings had, she then took up Special Education as an undergraduate degree. During her years in college, she would teach learn-to-swim over the summer break under the supervision of her coach. She then assisted the swim team, handling the younger children.
Upon retiring both as a competitive swimmer and national water polo athlete, she started teaching academics in local public schools and started a swim team for one of the schools as well. Soon after, she also taught in an international school as a special needs assistant, also using the water as means to boost confidence and self-awareness. After seeing how the water had a strong positive impact on the social, physical, and even emotional well-being of the children, she decided to leave the academe, and teach swimming full time.
In July 2016, The Noodies Swim School started with only about 10 students. Since then, there have been over a hundred infants, children, and adults who have learned to swim through differentiated methods of learning.
Inspired by the nudibranch, The Noodies Swim School aims to teach differently-abled students how to swim in the way that they would best learn.
We believe that each child is uniquely colorful and that they can make an impact both inside and outside the water!