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PRESCHOOL GYMNASTICS

 

Preschool Gymnastics is for children, ages eighteen months to age four.  Mommy and Me Classes are for children, ages eighteen months to two years and one or both of the child's parents.

Toddler classes are for children age two.

Pre-School Pre-K Classes are for children, ages three to four.  Some of the  classes are called Pre-K on-going and those classes are for age three and four who have taken before.

 

Most of the preschool classes are held in the downstairs pre-school gym.  

 

To Register, please go to www.jaxgymathnp.com.  If you have any questions regarding the classes, please do not hesitate to call the gym at 501 985-1818.  Staff information and pictures are below schedule.  To register, please go to www.jaxgymathnp.com.

 

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2018 Prechool SkillsRevue Pictures
Anna Bunch
Rachel Wyrick
2016 Preschool Skills Revue Pictures
2017 Preschool Skills Revue Pictures

Staff Pictures and resumes are shown below

This was taken at our recent Emerald Classic Gymnastics Meet

Julia - with some of her rec students - always a smile!

Anna Bunch - 2018-2019  Preschool and Team

Generally, I sort of put the staff information together but I felt Anna did such a good job of telling me about her background when she arrived to coach with us five years ago, I was sure that I could not improve upon it and I have only updated it..  So these are her words - thank you Anna! 

 

My involvement in gymnastics started at age six when I tried a recreation class with a friend. I was hooked right then! I spent a couple years doing just rec and tumbling, then moved into competitive gymnastics. My Artistic career ended at level five, when I then switched to Acrobatic gymnastics. I competed in the Acro National Cup many times, my last year as a Level Nine.  My high school senior year (2004) was my last year as a competitor. I am originally from South Louisiana. A small Bible college outside of Hot Springs is what originally relocated me here in Arkansas. In fall of 2006, going to NPCC part-time and working full time I decided I missed the sport too much to stay out of the gym and started coaching part-time. I went full time shortly after and was with Hot Springs Gymnastics just shy of seven years when I relocated after getting married in May 2013. I mainly focused on Recreational classes, though I coached a little everything while I was there: Rec., Competitive, Tumbling, and Preschool. I also spent a little time as a preschool teacher in their Preschool. Not to be forgotten, I was also the swim lesson director/ teacher. 

 

I have had a few other jobs, but nothing makes me want to go to work like coaching. There's nothing like being able to help a child reach their goals. The opportunity of being a coach, someone typically highly trusted and admired in a child's life, is a great blessing. My coach had an impact on my life and I keep that in mind when spending time with my girls. I love the chance to develop relationships with them that go beyond gymnastics. Through the common love of Gymnastics we are able to impart so much more into them than just learned skills, but wisdom towards their success in life.

 

Four years ago, in her first year with us, Anna was named the Educational Gymnastics Department Leader and coached Recreational Gymnastics. She also assumed responsibility for the very popular Fun Night at the Gym. Anna now coaches preschool classes, and Gymnastics Team Level One and Three gymnasts.  Also, Anna’s newest adventure is Mother to baby girl Norah, born spring, 2017.

 

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.

Ms. Rachel Wyrick - 2018-2019 

Coach Wendi with rec gymnasts

Tori Spears

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 Julia

 

 

 

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.

Coach Stacy Person

These are Level One gymnasts, ages four, five and six - not much older than the preschool gymnasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In response to my request, Julia wrote this in 2015 regarding her work at Huff 'n Puff and I left most of it in the first person.  I have added on information on the last paragraph. 

Julia's advice to all of her students is "Stay Hydrated! "  Last year, Julia taught recreational gymnastics and several preschool classes.  Also Julia got certified in Ninja Zone and began teaching classes to younger boys in mid-September, 2016.  These classes were a huge success and Julia thoroughly enjoyed teaching the boys as well as girls in her other classes.  Julia is teaching many of the recreational classes this year (2018-2019).  Julia is also DHS certified and works with HnP After-School Program Monday through Friday.  She also coaches the HnP Mini Mite program twice a week at two different schools.   Julia is such a great asset to Huff 'n Puff programs.

Julia Carver - 2015-2016 and 2017-2018 - Recreational, Preschool and Ninja Coach

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