Meet Our Coaches

Coach Charyl
Owner/Operate The Aquatic Academy

An avid swimmer since the age of 3, Charyl Teal first stepped into the role of swimming professional by the time she was 16, earning her first round of certifications: Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, First Aid, CPR and Pool & Beach Management. Over the next ten years, she utilized her certifications while working for the City of Columbus Ohio, the Easter Seals of Ohio, Ohio State University and the YWCA of Columbus, during which time she coached upwards of a thousand students in swimming and diving, from beginner to competitor and from young to old.

Charyl went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering Technology and eventually found herself working as a tech professional at both NASA and Apple Computer. Sometime during all this, she decided to start a family. She named her children Leia and Alex, and knew there was no-one better to teach them how to swim than herself. She wanted to share with her family the joys of swimming, and this desire inevitably grew into the desire to spread these joys to her neighbors. Soon enough, she found herself fully engaged in teaching other families in the neighborhood.

What started as casual lessons in the backyard grew into the business it is today – The Aquatic Academy. And today, even as the business continues to grow, Charyl still holds those central ideals at heart which motivated her to share her knowledge and expertise with those around her: that learning to swim is an essential life skill, and that no child is ever really safe around the backyard pool unless they have the knowledge and skills to swim independently.

In addition to her capacity as Owner/Operator and Lead Coach at the Aquatic Academy, Coach Charyl also works part time as an Assistant Coach for Pearland Aquatic’s PEAK Swimming Program, where she teaches athletic and competitive swimming. Visit for more information about their year-round and summer swim team programs.

Coach James
Owner/Operator Little Swimster & Lead Swim Instructor

Growing up in Sacramento, California, Coach James was always at the pool or at the beach, so learning to swim at a young age was a MUST. He relocated to Pearland in 2008, swimming all throughout junior high and high school, as well as participating in competitive water polo throughout his high school career. Following graduation, he went on to lifeguard and coach with the Aqua-Tots Swim School, before founding his own company back in [INSERT YEAR].

Coach James grew up by the water in Sacramento, California, and knew how to swim since before he could remember. During Junior High, he and his family relocated to Texas, where he went on to swim competitively for the duration of his K-12 career.

Following graduation, he went on to lifeguard and coach with the Aqua-Tots Swim School here in Pearland, until ultimately deciding to open his own swim school, Little Swimsters.

At Little Swimsters, Coach James cultivated a one-on-one experience with each of his swimmers, ensuring that each swimmer got the attention they needed and that every swimmer left their lesson having made progress for the day.

In 2018 Coach James’s company, Little Swimsters, partnered with the Aquatic Academy

Coach James Certifications

WSI certification

First Aid and CPR

Level 1 Usa Swim Coach

Coach Barbara

Barbara is a student of Manvel High School. Throughout her life she has constantly been involved in athletics and is currently on the Manvel Varsity Swim team. She is also a former member of the Manvel Water Polo team. She is English/Spanish bilingual and takes pride in her education and her position as a swim instructor and swim team coach.

Barbara is Lifegaurd, CPR, and first aid certified.

Coach Bailey Anne

Coach Beth