“Carrie, since your birth, you have seized the world and shook it for everything that you could accomplish. You have been an incredible Human Begin, Mother, Wife, and Daughter. We are exceptionally proud of you and everything that you have done with your opportunities. Know that you will always have our unconditional Love.” -- Roger and Susan Lawson
“To the most amazing mom.” -- Rick, Tierra, and Jordan DeMont
As the owner of DeMont Family Swim School, Carrie DeMont provides an impressive learn-to-swim program for children and families who attend the school and an enriching environment for her staff. The impact she and her school have on the students, families, employees, and the community is immeasurable.
Long before the commencement of the swim school, Carrie sought and achieved the objective of assisting children with special needs and abilities. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. She later received a Master’s degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation from the University of Arizona. For many years, Carrie taught at the Center for Hearing Impaired Children at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind.
When she and her husband, Olympic swimmer Rick DeMont, welcomed their first child, Carrie began a new journey. She left ASDB and pursued a goal of bringing together their areas of expertise: child development and swimming. It began with teaching swim lessons at their home and eventually they opened the current indoor swimming facility. The school began operating in August 2009 with an enrollment of 60 students. Seven years later, DeMont Family Swim School serves an average of 1500 students per week.
DeMont Family Swim School is an exceptional organization led by Carrie’s compassion, enthusiasm, and perseverance. While the school teaches the life-saving skill of swimming it does so in a fun and welcoming environment. Carrie imparts a philosophy of kindness and understanding which not only translates from teacher to student, but from managers to staff, co-worker to co-worker and ultimately from the business to the community.
While managing the swim school and raising two beautiful daughters, Carrie still finds time to contribute to charities and non-profit organizations and donates an excess of $5000 worth of lessons per year. She also volunteers her time and resources to help those in need. The families she serves through her business and those in the community who are affected by her altruism are grateful for her service.
Among some of the most grateful are Carrie’s employees who benefit from her generosity, wisdom, and guidance. Her influence is considerable and the effect she has on her staff is palpable as is evidenced in the sentiments to follow.
"Carrie is always very supportive."
-- Aaron R.
"Carrie DeMont is the epitome of genuine. She is the type of person who will drive to your house to make sure you are okay when you do not show up to work (I would know, it almost happened to me). She is the type of person who will make a job interview feel like a conversation with a friend (I would know, this did happen to me). She is the only boss I know who hates being called "boss". Everything she does, she does genuinely and I am so fortunate to be able to call my "boss" my friend."
-- Abbey J.
"Carrie is the strongest, most generous woman I have ever met. The way she takes care of everyone and always puts people before herself is so inspiring. I hope that one day I can do as much for my community as Carrie has done for all of us."
-- Andie A.
"Carrie’s kind-hearted spirit is evident in all that she does. She is an inspirational woman who leads by example and she is never afraid of a challenge! I am so very blessed to work with such an amazing person!"
-- Ashley R.
"Carrie is an amazing woman who truly leads by example."
-- Bridget C.
"When I think of Carrie, I think of someone who is intentional with her words and actions."
-- Brittany O.
"In the eighteen years that I have known Carrie, she has always been the kind, generous, understanding and motivating person she is today. DeMont Swim School is making the difference in the lives of thousands of little swimmers but Carrie is making the difference in the lives of every employee who becomes part of DeMont. She believes in each employee’s potential to succeed professionally and personally. Regardless of the length of time they stay, they will have been better for having worked for her! I know that I am better for knowing her!"
-- Cristi S.
"I admire Carrie’s enormous heart and ability to make someone feel appreciated. Hands down, the best boss ever!"
-- Danielle C.
"Carrie is such an amazing person. She is so down-to-earth and is always there to listen and be supportive. She is an inspiration to me and I hope to one day open a business of my own!"
-- Gianna D.
"I am forever grateful to have found DeMont Family Swim School and Carrie. Carrie is constantly working to build us up to be the best version of ourselves. She has helped me see things in ways I would have never thought of before meeting her. She is the epitome of a leader, putting her people and their needs before her own. As a side note, she is also hilarious and one heck of a karaoke partner!"
-- Jill B.
"Carrie is a great boss and makes the work environment fun and enjoyable. She cares about everyone and their needs. She is a wonderful person." -- Jordyn C. "Carrie has taught me to believe that positivity can turn around every situation for the better and for that I’m extremely grateful."
-- Kaili M.
"When I moved to Tucson 8 years ago, Carrie didn’t just give me a job, she gave me a home. I couldn’t imagine working for a more loving, supportive, and downright amazing human being. It has been my biggest blessing to have worked for Carrie this long and I look forward to the years to come."
-- Kaitlin B.
"Carrie is passionate about her career and inspires others to follow suit (like me) while showing and incredible amount of kindness to all those around her."
-- Kristen H.
"Carrie is more than a boss. Carrie is a friend and a role model to a superlative degree. Her grace and wisdom will continue to inspire me and everyone around her to become a more kind, respectful, and earnest person for years to come."
-- Lindsey G.
"There are good bosses and there are good people. Carrie is both, which is truly a rare gift. Never have I been so honored to work for or with someone as genuine, thoughtful, devoted and generous as Carrie. Just thinking about her brings a smile to my face. I aspire to be the kind of leader and friend that Carrie has been to me."
-- Laura O.
"Carrie truly wears her heart on her sleeve. She is compassionate about her business, clients and appreciates her employees more than any manager I've known. Carrie, although a busy woman, will always find the time to tell you how much she appreciates you and isn't afraid to say thank you either. She has made my dreams a possibility by accommodating my college schedule and understands the importance of being a mom by offering free daycare while we work at DeMont! She is truly a blessing to work for!"
-- Lea H.
"Carrie is the kindest and most thoughtful person I have ever met. I’m honored to work for her." -- Makenna C. "I admire Carrie for her work ethic and amazing ability to connect with people."
-- Meg F.
"You will not find a more courageous, thoughtful, caring business owner who truly loves her people. May we all strive to be like her. Much love and all appreciation to you, Carrie!"
-- Michelle A.
"Carrie inspired me to pursue a career as an entrepreneur."
-- Samantha M.
"Carrie radiates positivity."
-- Sarah S.
"The experiences Carrie has created for me have been amazing! She acknowledges even the smallest of accomplishments and recognizes any, and all, efforts you put in and to me that means the world. You can feel the sincerity and thoughtfulness she has even when she looks at you. I feel so thankful and fortunate to be able to work with Carrie."
-- Taylor M.
"Carrie is a source of inspiration and encouragement in my life. I owe so much to her and will be forever grateful to have been a part of her business." -- Thomas H. "Carrie is one of the best bosses I’ve ever had. She is so kind and you can tell that she really cares about people."
-- Valerie D.