Ed McHale, a longtime swim instructor with Hubbard Family Swim Schools, recently received the 2018 “Educator of the Year” award from the United States Swim School Association (USSSA). This honor is only given out to one swim instructor annually from among the 400-plus member swim schools from across the United States, and the more than 20 countries that belong to the USSSA.
“Ed has a true passion and calling for teaching children how to swim and be safe around water,” says Kathy Hubbard, who owns Hubbard Family Swim Schools with her husband, Bob. “The care he puts into each child and their family and into building lasting relationships with them is inspiring to everyone around him. Since joining our swim school in 2000, Ed has become a lead instructor, innovator, inspirational educator and mentor to our staff.”
As a teacher, McHale is equally skilled at working with parents and their babies, beginner swimmers, upper level swimmers, and children with special needs. Due to his creativity, commitment and dedication to teaching, amazing things happen with his students when he works with them in the water.
“Ed is particularly magical with special needs children,” Hubbard pointed out. “He stays late after several of his shifts to teach the students who need a little extra time and individual instruction. He is never discouraged and works hard to give the gift of independence in the water to every child who learns from him.”
Now celebrating its 20th year in business, a Hubbard Family Swim School is located at 13832 N. 32nd St. and offers lessons to babies and children, ages 2 months up to 12 years of age. Free “baby splash” swim classes are available every day of the week for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. The temperature of the heated, indoor swimming pool is 90 degrees all year long. Advanced registration is required. There is a $25 joining fee. For specific class times, call 602-971-4044 or visit www.hubbardswim.com.