My name is Melody van Gesselleen. I have an undergraduate degree in speech and drama through Trinity College in London and have taught both early and grade school learners in this area. I have an interest and affinity for teaching child development in many areas, and I currently divide my time between Learn to Swim and caring for special needs children.
Having grown up in and around the water, in a time where sink or swim was the accepted method, I have developed a passion for teaching children correct and safe swimming techniques that will place them in good stead as they either further develop their swimming in later life, or merely continue with their love of the water.
I have thus become a qualified instructor and begun to ply my trade at the Headstart Swim School.
I use a method of mutual respect with children, teaching strokes and safety in a manner that is both fun and focused, knowing that children are easily alienated or overstimulated if the balance is not met.