MEET OUR TEAM!
MARGARET (PEGGY) MILLER
As the owner of Inspire Aquatics, Peggy has spent countless hours as a youth in and on the water, swimming competitively and enjoying boating activities with her family. In adulthood, she found herself drawn to working with children of all abilities. She has held positions in the special education field, coached youth sports (recreational and competitive), and has taught physical education. Her passion is teaching others about the benefits of swimming so that they may safely enjoy water activities for a lifetime to come. With her family's support, Inspire Aquatics’ mission is to connect to the community and beyond by offering swim lessons to people of all abilities.
As a testament to her dedication, in 2017, the County Council of Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland General Assembly awarded Peggy an Official Citation for her commitment to promote respect, create opportunities, and advocate for equal rights for all people with intellectual and development disabilities.
Colleen started her swimming journey at the age of five swimming at the Naval Academy. She then swam US swimming for the Annapolis Swim Club and a variety of summer and winter teams. She swam varsity at Archbishop Spalding High School and during her senior year was captain for the team. She received a swimming scholarship to swim for and attend Radford University receiving a BA in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism with a concentration in Recreation Therapy, Outdoor Recreation, and Tourism Management. Colleen completed a Masters in Early Childhood Education I Curriculum and Instruction. Over the years she has coached swimming at the club and recreation level and loves being able to share her knowledge and passion for aquatics with others.
Spending her life in and around the water, Shannon swam competitively for 12 years and developed fond memories of that experience. She is a former water safety and swimming skills program instructor for a public school system in Maryland. She also managed a large aquatic facility and executed all lifeguard trainings throughout the summer months. Shannon strives to instill her knowledge and skill of water safety and the ability to swim to all whom she teaches.
Dianna is a proud mother of four, grandmother of nine, and great grandmother of three and feels like she has been teaching swimming all her life! She began assisting and teaching Red Cross lessons at the age of 14, becoming a lifeguard at 16. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and taught for 20 years, 15 of which were Pre-K. When she retired from classroom teaching in 2012, she combined her love of swimming and children. She began teaching all ages and coaching two swim teams at Anne Arundel Olympic Swim Center. Dianna is excited to share her love for the water with your children!
Mary started swimming at a very young age as an age group swimmer training at a very elite program in southern California. This intense program taught her the values of being a hard worker and how to become become a confident swimmer. As an adult and raising children of her own she found herself not as connected to the aquatic world as she wanted to be. Recently, Mary found her place on the pool deck coaching and back in the water teaching lessons. She forgot how good the water makes you feel and enjoys passing on her knowledge to others.
VICTORIA (TORREY) JANSSEN
She began swimming at an early age and was on swim teams through high school. Her summers were spent lifeguarding at pools around Washington, DC., with one summer teaching sailing as a summer counselor at YMCA Camp Tockwogh on the Chesapeake Bay. After swimming recreationally for many years, participating in two sprint triathlons and then moving to Kent Island, she decided to take a Water Safety Instructors (WSI) class so she could teach swimming. Currently she has her WSI, Lifeguard and Waterfront Lifeguard certificates. She also advocates for special education accommodations and services in public schools and has educational and leadership training. Torrey loves teaching children and adults skills they will use for the rest of their lives - and that could someday save their life.
Ryan started his swimming journey in middle school where he swam competitively. From there he was a three time state participant in both swimming and diving. Ryans love for swimming lead him to become a United States Navy Rescue Swimmer. Through his expertise in open water safety, training, and recovery,
Ryan brings an out-of-the-box approach to educating others about aquatics.