Our Staff 

Waterfront director

David Trant

David holds three lifeguard certifications: Waterfront Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor. His duties at Valley Pond include all aspects of lifeguard staffing, as well as overseeing maintenance of the facilities. He is also a science teacher at the Lincoln School. He attended UMass–Amherst, the University of Delaware and Seattle University.

2021 Lifeguards (more coming soon!)

Jackson Champey

Years of lifeguard experience: 1

 

School: American University

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: Nothing beats the view from the high chair on the beach!

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: It never ends! We're in the water weeks before we open and we practically never get out. Whether it's empty or there's a few patrons soaking up the sun, doing laps, practice saves, and protocols are all expected.

A good memory of Valley Pond: The barbecue for opening weekend last year. Even though I wasn't guarding quite yet, David encouraged me to stop by. I remember biking down and making myself a sloppy burger — it was the first time I saw a piece of the Valley Pond community.

Helena Darnall

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 0

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love swimming, being outside, and interacting with people. I also grew up going to the pond, so it feels like a summer home for me. 

A good memory of Valley Pond: Coming when I was nine and swimming with my friends and family when it was hot. I love the sense of community and having a place to swim when it's warm.

 

Nicholas DeChristofaro

 

Sofie DeChristofaro

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 1

 

School: Concord Academy

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I enjoy spending time in nature and outdoors, and I love interacting with staff members and the Valley Pond community. 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Practicing our ability to assess a complex situation using critical thinking skills. 

A good memory of Valley Pond: A warm and quiet afternoon when the other staff and I were able to guard from the water, and look for tadpoles with kids.

Keith Hylton

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 3

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

 

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love the Valley Pond community, and of course it's always fun to be outside.

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Doing saves on David in the rain and cold.

A good memory of Valley Pond: One of my best memories is from when I was very young, coming and trying to find turtles in the swimming pond (unfortunately, I never found any).

 

Prerna Karmacharya

Years of lifeguard experience: 1

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

 

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love being outdoors by the water, and being able to talk and play with all the young children and other people who come to the pond.

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Learning the circumstances of emergencies that could happen all around the property.

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: Playing on the beach with some kids, and building sandcastles with them.

 

Samantha Kennedy

 

Jessica Lewis

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 2

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love the Valley Pond community and getting to spend my summer with my fellow coworkers. We all have a great bond and it makes me look forward to every shift. 

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Practicing how to apply our training to the unique environment that VP offers.

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: Closing day last summer. When it came time to bring the floating dock out of the water, all of the kids jumped into the freezing cold water with us and helped us to push the floating dock in, even though it was pouring rain.

 

Jordan Otten

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 2

 

School: Lincoln-Sudbury RHS

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I love interacting with the people at the pond and hanging out with the staff and kids.

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: Making sure you’re prepared for any emergency that could occur, as there are lots of unique emergencies that could present themselves at the pond.

A good memory of Valley Pond: The Fourth of July, when there were seven guards on and David barbequed. I also love guarding from the pond when it's really hot. it's really fun and very relaxing.

 

Milo Whitbeck

 

Years of lifeguard experience: 1

 

School: NYU

What I like best about working at Valley Pond: I like interacting with the clientele and being outside all summer.

 

Hardest part about VP lifeguard training: The challenging trainings that David requires staff to complete so our lifeguarding skills are kept up to date. 

 

A good memory of Valley Pond: Guarding from the water when it's hot and not too busy.