Meet My Team

God has blessed me with my wonderful husband, James, of 22 years, four beautiful girls and now our precious boy!  I consider raising them my highest calling on this earth.   My children have grown up around the pool and lessons all their lives.  They have gathered toys, passed out kick boards and “watched the wall” since they were toddlers.  My oldest two girls, Madelyn and Macy are official instructors and my younger two, Melody and Mallory are already instructor aides… Malachi still thinks its playtime but his teaching time will come! 

Having taught lessons now for over 20 years, I have taught thousands of children how to swim! I am just as excited about this summer as I was in the beginning. There is something special about taking a child who is crying, or too terrified to get in the water and after a few short lessons they are swimming!  It is an amazing privilege to gain the trust of children and adults and teach them to swim!    

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.  Most of my instructors have been with me their whole lives.  I trust them completely with my 5 children or I would not have them in the water with yours!

Alexa

Alexa

Hi, my name is Alexa Vineyard and I live in Hallsville. I first started swim lessons with Mrs. Gina when I was 3 years old and I have been with her ever since! I started as an instructor aide when I was 12 and have been a senior instructor for the last two years. She has been like a mother to me and has helped me grow in numerous ways. Teaching swim lessons has taught me patience, leadership, and responsibility. I find so much joy in being able to teach someone a skill they’ve never known how to do. It’s amazing getting to watch kids grow to love the water every summer and become more confident in themselves through the process. Not only do we teach them water skills, but we also teach them water safety techniques! I promise your children are in great hands and will have so much fun with us! I hope to see you or your children in the water!
Chloey

Chloey

Hi, my name is Chloey Story. I am currently attending UT Tyler. 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 lessons with her. Teaching swim lessons is an amazing opportunity that has taught me responsibility and patience. 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 them that makes them more comfortable in the water. I love seeing the kids start to love swimming as much as I do. Learning to swim is difficult, but watching a child go from not wanting to let go of your hands to swimming halfway across the pool is a miracle I love to be a part of. I'm so grateful to Gina for giving me this amazing opportunity to teach children how to swim.
Zack

Zack

Hi my name is Zack Baldwin. I am from Jefferson, Texas. I am a Senior at Jefferson High School . I am currently involved in varsity golf, band and Boy Scouts where I have earned Eagle Scout rank. I have been swimming with Ms. Gina since I was 7 years old. I have enjoyed working as a life guard since my freshmen year as well as teaching swim lessons and helping with the Marshall Marlins swim team. It has been my pleasure to work alongside of Ms. Gina for several years and be a part of an amazing team.
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.

Kaylee

Kaylee

My name is Kaylee Dorough and I am currently a senior at Marshall High School. I volunteered at Swim With Gina in 2017 and have been instructing swim lessons ever since! 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!
Macy

Macy

My name is Macy Hester and I am Mrs. Gina’s second daughter. I have always loved the water and have been swimming since before I was three. I started swimming competitively when I was six years old and have been teaching with my mom practically my whole life. I love teaching kids how to swim and develop their love for the water. It is an amazing feeling to watch them overcome their fears and become comfortable in the water. I have benefited in countless ways from working with my mom and have had so much fun. I can guarantee a wonderful experience with Swim with Gina, and I am super excited to get to work with you or your children!
Mason

Mason

Hello - My name is Mason Morgan and I am a Freshman at Hallsville High School. I run Cross Country and Track, as well as swim on the swim team. I am the oldest with two younger brothers and we have all taken swimming lessons with Ms. Gina. After completing my jr lifeguard class, I started volunteering with Ms. Gina three years ago. I have enjoyed teaching others to swim and am looking forward to being a certified lifeguard this year and helping your kids learn to swim!