Teachers

photo Frank

Faycel aka "Frank" was born and raised in Algiers, Algeria. Frank started swimming when he was six years old and then went on to swim professionally as a young adult in addition to playing water polo and scuba diving. When he moved to the USA he decided to continue his passion in the aquatic world. He has been with Children of the Sound for over 3 years and a highly requested instructor. Frank enjoys playing his Spanish guitar in his spare time as he used to be in a band. He loves working with children and being part of thier social and cognitive development. For Frank, "having a positive impact on the children around me is very important!" He wants to help people and create a better place for the people.

     
photo Valerie

Valerie grew up in New York and joined her first swim team at age 6. She graduated John F. Kennedy Catholic High School and Siena College where she swam both competitively and recreationally. She has been with Children of the Sound since 2014. She enjoys spending time with her husband and black lab, Smokey. Some of her hobbies include cleaning up the beach, running, and going to Disney world. 

     
photo Lyes

 Lyes grew up swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Algiers in North Africa. When he was 14 years old he was selected for the Algerian national swim team in his age group.From 1984 to 1992

Lyes was at the pinnacle of his swimming career, setting records and winning Continental titles as well as several other medals at international swim competitions.  Simultaneously, he was inspired to earn his masters degree in sports and science technology.

Lyes moved to the U.S. in the late 1990s and discovered his true calling – working with children – when he hosted his first swim exposition.  After several years of teaching a multitude of swim lessons for both children and adults, as well as coaching champion youth swim teams,

Lyes eventually established Children of the Sound in 2004.Lyes’s methodology teaches with a “LOVING BUT FIRM” approach that blends equal doses of laughter and fun with hard work.  His methodology prides itself on a personalized approach to instruction that helps children become confident and agile in the water through awareness, self-confidence and respect for the water.

     
photo Jenny
Jenny DeMichael, Children of the Sounds Program Director, is a native of Norwalk and started with COTS ABA program in November 2019. Following in her dad's footsteps who was the Aquatics Director at the New Canaan YMCA for over 10 years., she is a second generation Swim Instructor.
 
Jenny inspires nurturing, patience, encouragement & fun into her teaching skills.  Her top priority is safety while ensuring effective communication during development of a childs' technique and endurance.
 
To her there is nothing more satisfying (or gratifying) than seeing the look on a child's face once they've gained confidence and success.
 
Jenny is a proud mom to Carly & a Doberman mom to Mooch. She enjoys travelling, kayaking and most of all laughing every chance she gets.