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Emler Swim School of Austin – Westlake

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Emler Westlake is centrally located to serve the communities of Austin, Circle C Ranch, Steiner Ranch, Barton Hills and Lost Creek. We joined the community in 2011.

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director Amanda Williamson

Amanda Williamson

Amanda began lifeguarding at a water park near her home during the summer when she was sixteen. This quickly grew into a passion, and she continued to work at various aquatic facilities lifeguarding, supervising, and instructing over the next eight years.

She started her career with Emler Swim School of Austin-Westlake in March of 2014. Amanda’s first position at Emler was as Manager in Training while she finished her degree at the at University of Texas in Austin, majoring in Consulting and Change Management. After graduation, she accepted the Interim Customer Service Manager position at Emler Westlake, and was quickly named Customer Service Manager at the end of the summer. In August of 2016, Amanda was promoted to Site Director for the Westlake location.

“I always wanted a career where I would wake up and be excited to walk into work! Emler Swim School provides such a fun and friendly workplace where you can build amazing relationships with your customers and the children you teach,” Amanda said. “Not only am I able to work with an incredible staff, but I am also able to impact the Austin community in such a profound way by teaching children to be safe in the water. I honestly feel so lucky that I stumbled upon this company!”

In her personal time, Amanda adores spending time with her son Cameron and visiting family in Seguin and New Braunfels, Texas. Whenever the weather is warm enough, you can catch her floating the Comal River or exploring all of the wonders that Austin has to offer. She is a huge Texas Longhorn fan, and during football and basketball season don’t be surprised to see her sporting Longhorn gear and using “Hook ‘Em” as part of her everyday vocabulary.

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Q+A with Amanda

What is the best part about working for Emler every day?

My favorite part about coming into work every day is getting the chance to hold babies, see the staff members that I love, and being able to make a difference in so many ways. I’ve always said that this is the only job where I have always been excited to come into work!

What do you believe makes you a great site director?

The love for my staff and genuine empathy I have for everyone in the facility is what makes me a great Site Director. To me, emotional intelligence is incredibly important to be successful in an upper management role.

Share a childhood memory about your experience with swim lessons.

Believe it or not, I was the screaming-bloody-murder-please-don’t-put-me-in-the-water child when I was in swim lessons. Over time and through many swim lessons, I finally fell in love with the water. My favorite memory from swim lessons was when I finally gained confidence and got the chance to show my mom everything that I had learned. I felt so accomplished! Now my mother continually reminds me of how ironic it is that I run a swim school, but it helps me empathize with nervous students and their parents in helping overcome their fear of water.

What favorite memory do you have from working at Emler?

I had my son within my first year with Emler, and I had so much support from my entire team (including the corporate office). I had emails of congratulations, hand-me-downs from upper level managers, and even a sweet baby shower gift! It meant so much to me to have a team that was so supportive during a huge change in my life. Now, I feel like my son Cameron is a part of the Emler family too!!

Share a childhood memory when you were brave and overcame fear.

I used to be very introverted and shy when I was younger, so it was a challenge to build relationships and make friends. During my Junior year in high school, I had to perform the opening and closing ceremonies for an organization that consisted of thousands of members statewide. To say the least, I definitely overcame my stage fright and became a confident public speaker. It actually became one of my favorite parts of any job! Emler has given me so many opportunities to do what I love and enhance my skills to become a better Site Director, team player, and person.