Our Walnut Hill school is located off of N. Central Expy. and Walnut Hill, serving the communities of Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Lake Highlands and Lakewood neighborhoods. We joined the community in the Fall of 2017.
We’d love to find out more about how we can best serve you. Come by and take a free tour or go ahead and jump right in.
Safety has always been and will continue to be #1 at Emler. We’re doing what we’ve always done – followed or exceeded all local, state and federal guidelines – to protect not just your family but our employees as well.
We’re using CDC recommended cleaning products to wipe the facility every 30 minutes, and making hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available. Instructors are wearing face shields in the pool, and we are requiring all adults out of the water to wear face coverings over their mouths and noses. Kids are not required to wear masks in the pool but those over the age of 2 are encouraged to wear them while they are not in a lesson.
We are allowing only one caretaker to accompany each little fishy, and chairs in the observation room and on the pool deck are spaced 6 feet apart. Employees are monitoring traffic in and out of the building to remind people about social distancing. Plus, we are taking staff temperatures within 5 minutes of the beginning of a shift. There is more information on our Health & Safety Protocols page.
Yes, it’s safe to be in pools! According to the CDC, there is no evidence that the coronavirus can spread through properly maintained pools. We’ve always valued health and safety, which is why we already had a top-of-the-line purification system with UV lights that kills and inactivates viruses and bacteria in addition to using proper chlorine levels. Every Emler pool meets or exceeds CDC health standards. Plus, our leading-edge air filtration systems replace stale air from the facility with fresh air 8 times per hour.
No one has to wear a mask in the water. Masks in the water are unsafe, which is why we would never require them. Plus, masks are ineffective when they’re wet. Our instructors instead wear face shields in the water.
All adults, including employees and caretakers, out of the water are required to wear a face covering over their noses and mouths. Kids are not required to wear a mask out of the water. However, children over the age of 2 are encouraged to wear a covering over their mouth and nose when entering and exiting the building or if they are not actively participating in a lesson.
We’ve always had small class sizes of 3-4 kiddos, as well as private lessons, and nothing has changed. We now offer the option to form your own private group with family, friends or neighbors you know. Additionally, another option is the parent & child class, with appropriate spacing between families in the pool, where kids receive instruction from a teacher on the deck. We are monitoring and strictly adhering to all local, state and federal guidelines regarding levels of occupancy and the number of people that are allowed in gatherings so we can continue to be the healthiest, happiest pool in town.
Melissa Callahan joined Emler Swim School as Manager-in-Training in October 2010. Her leadership has influenced many of our locations – as Lead Deck Manager in Allen and Aquatic Director in Southlake, Arlington and Frisco. Melissa’s experience at various schools and successful stint as interim Site Director in Frisco led to her hiring as Site Director at Emler Swim School of Dallas-Walnut Hill. She also holds lifeguard and CPR certification.
“I am so excited to be leading the team at Walnut Hill. It’s a thrill to work for Emler, and I am constantly energized by our students, their family, and our staff. Our commitment to water safety and love of swimming is also my commitment. I get to directly impact lives in North Dallas communities through swimming, and that’s motivating!”
Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology from University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. Her interests include exploring Dallas, finding new local restaurants, travel, photography and listening to music.
I love that I get to have fun everyday with some of the best people on the planet. Our staff and customers are like an extension of my family. I enjoy watching the children grow in little ways each week, and getting to know their families better. Though the to-do list is always there, I also get to interject play into the everyday moments.
I care deeply about my people and really want to see them succeed. I make myself available to my staff anytime they need me.
I started swimming around 6 months old, and I’ve been swimming ever since. I remember practically living in the pool at my aunt and uncle’s house every summer. When I was 9 or 10, my baby brother started lessons and I begged my mom to take me to lessons again so I could learn all the strokes.
My favorite memory involves my pretend fishy in the skimmer basket. One day, I had a student who wouldn’t climb out of the pool after class. I was finally able to encourage her out of the pool by suggesting that she help look for my “fish”. On the pool deck, I had her look into the skimmer basket and as she peered into the little holes, I splashed a little water up through the opening. She thought it was the funniest thing! Her initial facial expression was priceless, as she jumped a little and then erupted into giggles. Every week she would come back to lessons and ask about the fish. Even though we have both switched to a different location, she still asks about the fish to this day.
I used to be terrified of public speaking. It’s surprising to me, since I grew up performing in front of large audiences from stage. Any time I had to give a presentation in class, I would become extremely anxious. I don’t think I fully overcame this fear until I had to deliver announcements while working at Emler. Over time, I realized how to make this phobia fun, because I found it was an opportunity to make people laugh.
I love working with kids because it’s like giving back to the world in the purest way. There is no selfish reasoning behind it.
Play guitar, read, play video games and eat Korean food.