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Emler Swim School of Dallas – Walnut Hill

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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.

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director Melissa Callahan

Melissa Callahan

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.

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Q+A with Melissa

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

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.

What do you believe makes you a great site director?

I care deeply about my people and really want to see them succeed. I make myself available to my staff anytime they need me.

Share a childhood memory about your experience with swim lessons.

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.

What favorite memory do you have from working at Emler?

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.

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

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.