Ms. Lois is teaching Monday morning preschool gymnastics classes in addition to her many other responsibilities at Huff 'n Puff. Ms. Lois loves children so these preschool classes are right up her alley. Coach Lois also assumed responsibility for the competitive Level Four gymnasts at the beginning of summer. There is not enough room for me to write all about Ms. Lois - she has been with Huff 'n Puff, Jax Gym and Jax Dance Company for 20 years. She is a mainstay in our business. She was one of Coach Laurel's original Level Four gymnasts 20 years ago - the team that helped establish our very existance today. Thank you Ms. and Coach Lois for all you do for us. (She was also a NICU and PICU nurse for many years but is working full-time for us now.) A year ago Lois Bryan became Lois Overholser and with that beautiful wedding, she became mom to two fantastic little girls who are in both competitive gymnastics and dance!
Makyla Sandoval joined the Huff 'n Puff staff to teach gymnastics in the fall of 2019. She coaches from preschool gymnastics to advanced recreational gymnastics.
Huff ‘n Puff Preschool Gymnastics Staff
Stacy Person - Anna Bunch - Rachel Wyrick - Julia Carver - Lois Overholser - Makyla Sandoval
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 37 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 five years at two different gymnastic clubs, prior to moving back to my home state approximately two years 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!!!
Julia's advice to all her students is to "Stay Hydrated."
Julia forgot to mention that she has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
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. We are so pleased that Ms. Rachel chose to come back to our area to once again be part of the HnP family. Ms. Rachel has been teaching our preschool gymnasts for several years now and is very popular with her students and parents.
Coach Stacy Person, Team Coach and Preschool Coach, first joined us sixteen 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 three 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 again coaching morning preschool classes, as well as her Xcel Gold, and Platinum gymnasts.
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