Meet Our Team

Jim Montgomery


Since 1981, Jim has developed the Masters swim concept and is currently part owner of the Dallas Aquatic Masters Swim Club, one of the top adult fitness exercise programs in the country. From 1988-1990, Jim was responsible for the design and start up of the Baylor Aquatic Center located at the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center in Dallas, Texas. It was the first facility ever built with the primary focus on adult fitness swimming and aquatic medical programming and research.

From 1990 through 1999, he served as director of the Baylor Aquatic Center. Since 1998, Jim has served as aquatics director and head varsity swim coach at Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas. Jim is the author of the book Mastering Swimming.

Jim has been a consistent champion throughout his swimming career. He has held 10 world records and won 9 World Championships, 14 Masters World Championships, 14 national titles and 7 N.C.A.A. titles. As a member of the 1976 U.S.A. Olympic Team, Jim won three gold medals and one bronze medal, and was the first man ever to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle. Read more about Jim and watch his record breaking Olympic Swim.

Jim became a certified adult fear of water instructor in 2008.

Christopher Bernard

Director of Operations

Chris began swimming in the YMCA swimming program in South Florida, where he was also a member of the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team. He was a Florida high school state champion in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle. He began his college journey swimming for the University of Florida from 2004-2007. After three years in Gainesville, he returned to Fort Lauderdale to work on the beach and coach the masters team for Fort Lauderdale Aquatics.

During his time with Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, he won individual and team masters national championships. He had the opportunity to represent the USA at the World Lifesaving Championships in 2008 through his experience as an EMT ocean rescue lifeguard for the city of Fort Lauderdale.

After marrying his best friend Britt in early 2009, he finished his education at Baylor University, where he completed his masters in social work in 2013. While in Waco he began working for the YMCA and served as the Associate Executive Director. Chris and Britt moved to Dallas in the summer of 2014 to take on new challenges: Britt is currently in PA School at UT Southwestern and Chris is the Director of Operations for the Jim Montgomery Swim School as well as the the Amon G. Carter Jr. Downtown Fort Worth YMCA. Chris has continued to compete and coach as a triathlete in sprint, Olympic and half-iron distances. Chris is passionate about helping every individual reach their fullest potential. Full Bio

Ellis Raymond

Early Childhood Coordinator

Ellis is the Early Childhood Coordinator at the Jim Montgomery Swim School. She enjoys teaching lessons and sharing her love of the water. She was born and raised in Dallas, where she graduated from Highland Park High School. Ellis earned a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development from Texas Tech University. She received her teaching certificate in Early Childhood through sixth grade and Special Education.

Ellis previously taught kindergarten and enjoys incorporating learning into all aspects of lessons. She taught private and group lessons during her summers through high school and college. Ellis will be teaching baby classes through Early Childhood and loves to encourage kids to do their best and watch them grow.

Cheryl Gigliotti

Adult Instructor & Admin Assistant

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Cheryl has been a life-long swimmer for fun and fitness. Since 2007, she has been a certified Red Cross and YMCA Water Safety Instructor and has taught at the Benbrook YMCA and Lockheed Martin Recreation Area pools. She teaches summer lessons for children and adults in Fort Worth and is a volunteer instructor for the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition. Cheryl is also the admin assistant for the JMSS adult program.

Cheryl became a certified adult fear of water instructor in 2010.

Donna Batey

Adult Instructor

Donna came to Jim Montgomery Swim as a student in June 2010. She devoted that summer to swimming classes and overcame her fear of water. She assisted classes regularly for the next year, and developed a passion for helping others conquer their fear of water. With encouragement from the Jim Montgomery coaches, she completed the training to teach adult overcoming fear of water classes.

Donna became a certified adult fear of water instructor in 2013.

Beau Montgomery

Beau has been a competitive swimmer since high school. He started with the Dallas Mustangs and swam on their national team, before going on to Centenary College to swim competitively at the collegiate level. His main events were the 100 Butterfly and 50 Freestyle. Beau has taught age group swimmers at all levels and coached summer league swim teams since high school.

Caleb Newman

Caleb has been teaching and coaching swimming for more than 20 years. As a swimmer, he competed 3 straight seasons at the national level; and held the TAPPS state record in the 100 Fly. As a coach, he has overseen programs that produced TAGS finalists, High School team championships, and national qualifiers. He believes that technique and stroke efficiency are paramount to swimming well. Caleb has a lifelong passion for the sport and enjoys teaching every level and age group.