Our staffing philosophy at CGA is to hire qualified team coaches and recreational instructors who posses a wide range of gymnastics knowledge and are committed to continuing their education through classes and seminars. The CGA staff strives to coach and instruct with compassion. We care about every child who walks through our doors, and it is our goal to help them reach their full potential.
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I have been actively participating in gymnastics for as long as I can remember. When I was 6 years old my mother and father enrolled me in my first gymnastics class and since my first less than perfect cartwheel, I have never looked back. As a child, I loved everything about the sport and now as an adult I also appreciate the tremendous impact it has had on my life today.
For me, gymnastics began as my parents’ desperate need to save their furniture. Beds and couches had become trampolines, tables and chairs became balance beams, and anything I could get my hands around became a pull-up bar. I took my first class at age 3, and from then on I was hooked. I began competing for the Champaign County YMCA at 7 years old, and graduated high school as a Level 9 gymnast in 2004.
I have done gymnastics for as long as I can remember. I've been training for twenty years and coaching for eight. I've had the opportunity to travel all over the country as an athlete and coach. In this time I've seen a spectrum of ideas and in an ever changing sport. I try and learn something from each coach and gymnast I encounter.In my time at University of Illinois I majored in psychology and also focused on philosophy.
When I was four my parents enrolled me in a gymnastics class along with my sister. After the first session my sister had had enough and moved on to soccer. I, however, was hooked. I continued to take gymnastics classes at the Oak Lawn Park District over the next ten years. When I was in eighth grade and set to advance to Level 7 my parents decided the time and financial commitment was too much and I parted ways with the sport.
Having the privilege of owning CGA with my son, Ian, is a dream come true for a proud gymnastics parent. I have been blessed with two children, Ian and my daughter Cory (a competitor in rhythmic gymnastics), who taught me the patience and virtues of being a gymnastics parent.