Rachel Wyrick returned to Huff 'n Puff in the fall of 2018. While she is primarily a highly qualified dance instructor (please see her resume under dance), she is also very qualified to teach gymnastics to younger children, as well. Ms. Rachel spent several years in the Huff 'n Puff gymnastics program, and competed for several years before deciding to spend more time in the dance program. Ms. Rachel is wonderful with young (and older) children and we are so pleased that she is back adding her wonderful personality and talents to our program. Ms. Rachel also teaches recreational dance classes for preschoolers to teens, while also also teaching classes to Jacksonville Dance Company dancers. Ms. Rachel is also working on a nursing degree. We are so pleased that Ms. Rachel has chosen to come back to our area to once again be part of the HnP family.
Tori has been a member of the Huff 'n Puff family here in Jacksonville since the age of two. She is oldest daughter of Coach Laurel and third grandchild of Ms. Sheryl. Tori took dance and gymnastics at Huff 'n Puff while growing up and was a member of both the Jax Gym Team and the Jacksonville Dance Company. She cheered at Cabot High School for three years. She also coached during those years at HnP. After graduation and while in college at ASU, Jonesboro, she coached both rec and lower team levels for several years for a well-known gymnastics establishment there. She has also coached at Huff 'n Puff again for several years. She has attended UALR for a couple of years and continues her education through UALR. She is the mother of a fourteen-month baby boy, Wryatt. Tori will be teaching several preschool gymnastics class as well as several recreational classes and team gymnastics, Levels Three and Four.
WENDI SULLIVAN - 2018 - 2019
Wendi started coaching at Huff 'n Puff in 2011. She has been teaching gymnastics and fitness classes for over 20 years. She has an associate degree in exercise science and personal fitness training. She has two daughters who are also involved in the gymnastics program. Wendi coaches preschool classes and recreational gymnastics, Bronze, silver and gold, and power tumbling. She also coaches the Friday morning homeschool recreational bronze and silver before she heads the popular Friday morning Fun Time at the Gym. Wendi is very popular with her students.
Huff ‘n Puff Preschool Gymnastics Staff
Wendi Sullivan – Tori Spears - Stacy Person - Anna Bunch - Rachel Wyrick - Julia Carver
In response to my request, Julia wrote this regarding her work at Huff 'n Puff and I left it in the first person.
Hello!!!!! My name is Julia Carver and I have just joined the Jax gymnastics/Huff n Puff crew. I am 35 years old and I was born and raised in North Little Rock Arkansas. I started ballet, tap and jazz at the age of 3, then decided that I wanted to be a gymnast at age 8. I started gymnastics classes at the NLR Community Center and quickly started competing level 4 at the age of 9. Eventually, at the age of 14, I decided to move to Kidsports in Benton, AR., being coached by Holly Crocket. Unfortunately, at my level 9 State meet in Conway, AR. I tore my ACL on my FIRST warm-up event, doing my dismount on uneven bars. This ended my career as a gymnast, as I was very upset, due to me craving a college scholarship in the sport. I didn’t coach for years, until I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 2010. I coached for 5 years at 2 different gymnastic clubs, prior to moving back to my home state approximately 6 months ago. I adore and know the sport of gymnastics very well; and take it very seriously as well.. My forte is the recreational level and I thoroughly enjoy coaching the younger females! It’s so wonderful to be back here in AR. with people I know and have been affiliated with in the sport with for years! Girls and boys…….WORK HARD AND KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN ALL OF LIFE—NOT JUST WHEN YOU’RE DOING GYMNASTICS!!!
Stay Hydrated! (Julia is teaching several pre-school classes as well as recreational, etc) Julia forgot to mention that she also has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
Coach Stacy Person, Team Coach and Preschool Coach, first joined us fifteen years ago. Ms. Stacy started gymnastics at age seven, and at age eight, was the first person from Searcy to compete in a USAG meeet. She competed in gymnastics for eleven years, and won many medals and awards. She was in training for level nine when she stopped taking gymnastics. She has coached gymnastics for twenty years--teaching preschool, tiny team, recreational classes, power tumbling, cheerleading, preteam and team, Levels One to Ten. Ms. Stacy is mother of eleven-year-old twins, three-year old boy and stepmom to 14-year old daughter. Ms. Stacy is an integral part of Huff 'n Puff and two years ago, she began the Xcel Competitive Gymnastics program, in which ten of her gymnasts qualified for Regionals. This year, not only did Ms. Stacy have 11 Xcel Platinum and Diamond gymnasts qualify and compete at Regionals in Galveston, but she had five Xcel Platinum gymnasts qualify and attend the Xcel first National Competition which was held in Tennessee. This year Coach Stacy is coaching morning preschool classes, and Team Level One (Tiny Team) gymnasts as well as her Xcel Platinum and Diamond gymnasts.
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