Teaching the science of swimming since 2003!


senior Instructor

Coach Shannon has an undergraduate dual degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology.  She has a Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology and she is a licensed clinician.  Her first career was in the public school system with exception youth, and in addition to swim teaching she now provides counseling to adults struggling with mental health and addiction challenges.  She has served on various boards and commissions in the Durham area and is very active in giving back to the community. 

Coach Shannon also has a son and a daughter who is a participant in the PhD swim program and the center of her universe.  In her free time she is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and shares her home with a variety of interesting creatures. 

As a PhD Swim School mom as well as coach, Coach Shannon understands what it's like to start a new swim program and is excellent at helping children and their parents adjust to lessons.  She has undergone over 50 hours of academic and in-water training to learn our method and currently teaches Kicks and Tricks, FUNdations, Beginning Stroke, and Advanced Stroke.

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