Caeli is yet another Prospect High School Alum. She started gymnastics when she was 3 and its been a part of her life ever since. Caeli is a Special Education teacher, but has taken some time off to coach and be with her children. If you have ever been in our gym, I'm sure you've seen them running around practicing their "flips." Caeli coaches the competitive gymnastics team and helps out with tumbling when needed. She is very excited to have the opportunity to do what she loves, which is coaching gymnastics.
Monica was a competitive gymnast at both Hersey and International Gymnastics for four years. At Hersey, she competed on varsity for three years, and made the Illinois Senior National Team. She was MVP and co-captain both junior and senior year. Monica competed through level 9 at International Gymnastics with the hopes of coaching. She has been coaching gymnastics for a while and is enjoying every minute of it. Monica is one of the competitive gymnastics team coaches and helped build the team from scratch.
Angel was a former competitive gymnast at Maine West High School. She is one of our Little Peanut/Peanut 2 teachers and also coaches our Level 5 competitive team. We are so happy that Angel has joined our TGS family. She brings a ton of positive, upbeat energy to the gym.
Rachel was a part of the competitive gymnastics team here at TGS when we first started it. Like her sister, she was also an excellent gymnast at Rolling Meadows High School. Rachel has since taken her love of gymnastics and turned to coaching. She is one of our recreational gymnastics coaches, pre team coaches and also our level 3 coach. We are happy that Rachel has stayed with our TGS family.
Mike is another Prospect High School alum. He was a competitive gymnast there and has since returned to gymnastics to coach. Mike is currently the coach of our Boys competitive team.
During the day, Jen is a physical therapist and at night, along with her sister, she is our Level 3 and pre team coach. Jen was a standout gymnast at Rolling Meadows High School and was also a competitive gymnast throughout college. Jen has a wealth of knowledge not only with gymnastics, but also with conditioning and stretching. We are happy to have Jen a part of our TGS family
Maya is brand new to our TGS family. She comes to us with all different types of experience. Maya has been working with our little peanut/peanut 2 classes and our recreational gymnastics class. Maya has also started helping with pre-team and level 3. We are very excited to add her energy to our team.
Dylan is a former competitive gymnast and graduate of Prospect High School. He started coaching tumbling for us, but has now moved on to coaching our boys recreational gymnastics and our boys pre team. Dylan is also the boys competitive coach at our sister gym USGTC in Lake Zurich.
Julian is the owner of the Gymnastics Shop. He has been coaching gymnastics/tumbling for all of his adult life. He was a high school gymnast at Prospect High School and coached there for over 10 years. Julian's philosophy of coaching is based on making athletes feel comfortable, not only with the tricks they are learning, but also with themselves. Not only does he teach athletes to tumble, he also builds their confidence and teaches them to believe in themselves; a skill they can use for the rest of their lives. His patience and amazing spotting abilities are what have helped this business grow.
The "Other" Julian (OJ), julito
Julito is a TGS alum as well as an ex Elk Grove Cheerleader. Julito has also become a favorite of the tumblers. He has extensive knowledge of cheer and what it takes to become a strong cheerleader. We are very excited to have Julito helping to develop our students.
Simon was a competitive gymnast a Prospect High School. He has quickly become a favorite among the students of all ages. Simon can be seen spotting anything, or working with the "Little Peanuts" class. Although he looks like a grizzly bear, he really in a gentle teddy bear.
Gorgis is a former cheerleader from Buffalo Grove High School. He comes to us with a ton of experience in the competitive cheer world and is quickly becoming a favorite coach. Gorgis has been teaching our semi private and team tumbling classes, while also helping with our drop in stunting class.