Coach Jodi Powell
Coach Jodi brings her past competitive experience, HS coaching experience, her work with children with disabilities in and out of the water and her own personal experience in motherhood to Little Fishies programs and teaching methods. Has a BA in Psychology-emphasis on children and adolescents.
Her most valuable experience thus far is a from raising two rambunctious toddlers here in San Clemente and at the pool…“Becoming a mom has changed the way I do everything in life, especially teaching. A strong bond of trust is the first step to any positive learning experience. In a close second to trust is learning through play. After watching my son teach himself and gain confidence through play this approach has become a must at Little Fishies!“
Coach El was a varsity swimmer and water polo player throughout her high school career, as well as a pool lifeguard at the local tennis club. She has always had a passion for being in the water. She was Vice President of the best buddies’ program at San Clemente High school, and this made her realize her passion for working with special needs children. El is currently a student, double majoring in psychology and women gender studies and hoping to become a EMDR therapist.
El believes that “every individual should have the opportunity to experience the freedom that water can provide.” Through fun games, building relationships, and different uses of techniques, El hopes to build a bond with her special fishies and help them experience the wonders that the water can provide!
I was a lifeguard for three years while I attended college at Malone University in my home state of Ohio. During that time I also taught swim lessons to children and took part in helping some nonprofits fundraise. After attending there four years, I received a degree in Communication Arts and Spanish. I love being able to serve the community that I am a part of and I am so excited to help Special Fishies give freedom and knowledge to the people of California. I have worked in engineering, catering, and I have been a barista, a kennel tech, and a sports medicine assistant. All have been rewarding, but I am so eager to work in nonprofit and give to the community. I am happily married to my husband, David and we have a dog named Kili and a cat named Nala. David is an officer in the Marine Corps, so we lived in Ohio, Virginia and Oklahoma before making our move to California. David and I attend Heritage Christian Fellowship here in San Clemente, and we both love music, animals, and hiking.