Kristina Armstrong - information to be added soon. Kristina has been involved at Huff 'n Puff for at least 12 years, starting out as a preschool mom. She taught trampoline and tumbling team gymnastics with Ms. Madison for years; she has been in charge of the HnP after-school care for years and is also teaching preschool gymnastics. Kristina and her husband Greg have been so involved at HnP for several years and they are both greatly appreciated for all their support.
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. Additionally, Ms. Rachel has also become Coach Rachel, as she has joined Coach Lois in coaching the Jax Gym Competitive Level One gymnasts. Rachel and Lois are just examples of how proud we are that our once-students have become such fantastic instructors in both dance and gymnastics.
Anna ws unavailable for the latest staff pictures but I'm sure that motherhood to two little ones has not changed her too much!
Ms. Lois teaches 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 co-coached Jax Gym Competitive Levels One and Two last season and she and Ms. Rachel will coach the Level One Team this season. In addition, Coach Lois will co-coach the Level Two Team. 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 over ten years.) Two years 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! In addition to gymnastics coaching, Ms. Lois has been director of dance for many years and our Jacksonville Dance Company has become quite competitive in the regional and national dance competitions, with our dancers and instructors winning many awards and titles.
Makyla Sandoval joined the Huff 'n Puff staff to teach gymnastics in the fall of 2019. She coaches from Boys' Gymnastics and advanced recreational gymnastics.
Huff ‘n Puff Preschool Gymnastics Staff
Lois Overholser, Rachel Wyrick, Anna Bunch, Kristina Armstrong
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.
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