Apollo School of Gymnastics
Clearwater, FL
Teaching the Confidence to Achieve!
(727) 447-2108

The Staff

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The Owners


Ms. Jessica

Ms. Jessica

Owner / Gymnastics Instructor & Womens' Program Director

“The truest greatness lies in being kind; the truest wisdom is a happy mind.” -Ella Wheeler Cox

Education:

Ms. Jessica graduated from the University of South Florida with Honors, earning a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology.

Experience:

Ms. Jessica started gymnastics at the age of three and continued gymnastics through out her adolescence. She retired as a level 10 competitive gymnast. Ms. Jessica began coaching at the pinnacle of her gymnastics training and has been teaching ever since. She has experience teaching pre-school gymnastics through level 10. Ms. Jessica was also a competitive cheerleader and has experience coaching cheer and tumbling.

Certifications:

  • Safety Certified through USA Gymnastics
  • Certified Gymnastics Judge
  • Certified Cross Fit Instructor
  • Certified in CPR & First Aid

Professional Memberships:

  • USA Gymnastics

Favorite Component about Teaching Gymnastics:

“For me, itʼs the opportunity to witness a childʼs reaction to overcoming a challenge and accomplishing something new, whether the success is sticking a double back or completing a backward roll for the first time; The feeling of triumph is identical. The art of teaching gymnastics development is essentially easy. The challenge lies in teaching children to develop and exhibit the confidence to achieve, not only gymnastic skills, but also overcome the many other obstacles they will face. I teach for those moments where a child confidently says, ʻI can do itʼ and ʻI did it!ʼ.”

 

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Mr. Brian

Mr. Brian

Owner/Gymnastics Instructor

"It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What's tough is being good every day." -Willie Mays

Education:

Mr. Brian attended the University of Central Florida Honors Program. He then transferred to the University of South Florida to graduate with a Bachelorʼs Degree in Business Finance.

Experience:

Mr. Brian began his gymnastics career at the age of five. He joined the Apollo Boys Competitive team at the age of seven. He began coaching gymnastics at age 16. He returned to Apollo School of Gymnastics during his college to lead the Apollo Boyʼs Team.

Certifications:

  • Safety Certified through USA Gymnastics
  • Certified Gymnastics Judge
  • Certified in CPR & First Aid

Professional Memberships:

  • USA Gymnastics

Favorite Component about Teaching Gymnastics:

“I have two great passions in life - sports and teaching. Coaching gymnastics is the perfect blend. The basic skills of gymnastics are oftentimes simple to teach and to learn. Bringing together those skills is the challenging aspect, for this is where the greatest risks lie - risk of failure, risk of injury, risk of burning out. However, this is also where the greatest rewards lie - performing a perfect floor routine, sticking a landing, perfecting a dismount. When a student realizes that they have finally pulled it all together, they are overcome with pride and excitement. Those are the moments I teach for, and those are the moments when Iʼm most proud.”

 

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The Coaches


Mr. Grant

Mr. Grant

Pre-school, Recreational and Men's Team Gymnastics Instructor & Men's Team Program Director

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” -Unknown

 

 

Education:

Mr. Grant graduated from Dunedin High School in 2008.

Experience:

Mr. Grant began gymnastics at age 6. He retired as a level 10 competitive gymnast. At age 14, he was camp counselor and began coaching classes at age 16. He teaches a myriad of classes, ranging from Pre-school to Competitive Team.

Certifications:

  • Safety Certified through USA Gymnastics
  • Certified Gymnastics Judge
  • Certified in CPR & First Aid

Professional Memberships:

  • USA Gymnastics

Favorite Component about Teaching Gymnastics:

“My favorite aspect of teaching gymnastics is having the opportunity to share my skills and knowledge. Coaching keeps me actively involved in the sport. It is very rewarding to see a student succeed in a skill.”

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Ms. Micki

Ms. Micki

Gymnastics Instructor

"Hard things are not put in our way to discourage or stop us, but to call on our strength and courage." -Anonymous

Education:

Graduated with Honors. Currently attending USA Gymnastics University.

Experience:

Ms. Micki has taught gymnastics for the past twenty years from the preschool level through optional. At the competitive level, Ms. Micki has coached several state champions both in individuals and teams. Ms. Micki also has over ten years of management experience in the gymnastics field.

Certifications:

  • Safety Certified through USA Gymnastics
  • Certified in CPR & First Aid
  • KAT Certified (Kinder Accreditation in Teaching)
  • PDP Certified Level I & II (Professional Development Certification)
  • MELPD Certified (Movement Education Lesson Plan Development)
  • GYMCERT 1, 2, & 3

Professional Memberships:

  • USA Gymnastics

Favorite Component about Teaching Gymnastics:

“My favorite aspect of teaching gymnastics is having the opportunity to share my skills and knowledge. Coaching keeps me actively involved in the sport. It is very rewarding to see a student succeed in a skill.”

 

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Ms. Terra

Ms. Terra

Pre-school, Recreational and Women's Team Gymnastics Instructor

“Our value as people is not in our stock portfolios and bank accounts but in the legacies we leave behind.” -Julia Butterfly Hill

Education:

Ms. Terra graduated from college with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Dance. She also has a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Music Theory. Ms. Terra is currently working on a Masters in Public Health and Medical Anthropology.

Experience:

Ms. Terra has been coaching gymnastics for 17 years. She has coached all levels, from preschool through competitive team. In addition to gymnastics, Ms. Terra has also been teaching dance for 19 years. She has done choreography for Winter Guards and Field Guards.

Certifications:

  • Safety Certified through USA Gymnastics
  • Certified in CPR & First Aid

Favorite Component about Teaching Gymnastics:

“My favorite part of coaching is watching the light bulb moment to click. When the potential you knew a student possessed is finally achieved but even better realized by the student.”


Mr. Ken

Mr. Ken

After School Van Driver & Recreational Gymnastics Instructor

“The achievments of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” -Vince Lombardi

Education:

Mr. Ken graduated from the College of Air Force with a AAS.  He then earned an AAS of BMET from the University of Rio Grande.  He also achieved a BSEE from Marshal University.

Experience:

Mr. Ken has twenty-five years of coaching experience in baseball, football, and basketball.  He has been teaching gymnastics at Apollo for one year.

Certifications:

  • Certified highscholl football, baseball, and basketball coach.
  • Official West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Comission (WVSSRC)
  • Certified in CPR & First Aid

Professional Memberships:

  • Certified bio med technician (CBMET)
  • Electric Engineering Society (EES)

Favorite Component about Teaching Gymnastics:

“My favorite part of coaching is watching young people enjoy and grow through their achievments.”


Mr. Bobby

Mr. Bobby

Recreational and Men's Team Gymnastics Instructor

Mr. Bobby has been coaching for Apollo since 2015.  He was also one of our top level men's team members.

 

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Mr. Jeremy

Mr. Jeremy

After School Van Driver, Pre-school & Recreational Gymnastics Instructor

"A broken clock is right twice a day." - Beauty and the Beast

 

Education:

Mr. Jeremy served our country in the Army for five years.  After completing his military commitment Mr. Jeremy began school at St. Petersburg College.  As he continues his studies in business management he teaches gymnastics. 

Mr. Jeremy has been coaching gymnastics for two years.  He is a USA Gymnastics Member.

Experience:

Mr. Jeremy incorporates the athletisism he learned during his ten years of wrestling to his gymnastics coaching.  He has been an Apollo instructor for two years.  He has shown a natural talent for teaching all levels of gymnastics.

 

Certifications:

  • Safety Certified through USA Gymnastics
  • Certified Instructor through USA Gymnastics University

 

Memberships:

  • USA Gymnastics

 

 Favorite Component about Teaching Gymnastics:

"I love seeing the gymnasts happy when they achieve a new skill they have been working.  That look of success is priceless."


Mr. Alex

Mr. Alex

After School, Pre-School & Recreational Gymnastics Instructor

"Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something.  It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit." - Mary Lou Retton

Education:

 Mr. Alex is currently enrolled in Countryside High School and St. Petersburg College through the Early College Program.

Experience:

 Mr. Alex has fifteen years of gymnastics experience and is currently competing on Apollo's Men's Team.  He has also been coaching for Apollo since 2016.  Mr. Alex has a unique way of engaging his students during each practice to keep them motivated and learning.

Certifications:

  • Safety & Risk Management through USA Gymnastics

Professional Memberships:

  • Achieved USA Gymnastics Instructor Membership in 2016

Favorite Component about Teaching Gymnastics:

"My favorite part of coaching gymnastics is having the opportunity to help young gymnasts achieve their goals and work towards even more advanced skills."


Ms. Danielle

Ms. Danielle

Pre-School and Recreational Gymnastics Instructor

Ms. Danielle was one of our team members for the past 7 years.  Although we were sad to see her retire we are very lucky to have her as one of our coaches.  Danielle shares her years of personal knowlegde as well as her passion for the sport with all of her students. 

 

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Ms. Mary

After School Van Driver

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - Unknown

Education:

Ms. Mary completed one year of college at Saint Petersburg College.

Experience:

Ms. Mary began driving for our After School Program in January of 2017.  Before her days as an Apollo staff member Ms. Mary spent thirty-three years with over twenty years as a supervisor for Pinellas County.

Certifications:

  • Data Entry Certified
  • Medical Training for Front Office Support

Favorite Component about working at Apollo:

"I love transporting our students everyday from school.  It's always nice to talk with them about their day."


Ms. Alyssa

Ms. Alyssa

Pre-School and Recreational Gymnastics Instructor

"Wake up grateful every morning and live everyday like it's your last." - Unknown

Education:

Ms. Alyssa graduated from Rowan University with an assiciates degree in science.

Experience:

Ms. Alyssa is our newest Recreational coach.  She began coaching for Apollo in September 2017.  Ms. Alyssa was a gymnast for eighteen years and trained up to USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Level 9.  Along with her personal experience in gymnastics she brings over eight years of coaching experience as a gymnastics coach for the pre school level to competitive gymnastics. 

We are very excited to have her join our family.

Certifications:

Ms. Alyssa is currently working on her Safety & Risk Management Certification through USA Gymnastics.

Professional Memberships:

Ms. Alyssa is currently working on qualifying as a USA Gymnastics Professional Member.

Favorite Component about Teaching Gymnastics:

"I love teaching my life sport while having fun with the children and helping them grow as athletes and individuals."

 


Ms. Brit

Ms. Brit

After School, Pre-School & Recreational Gymnastics Instructor

Ms. Brit began working at Apollo in August of 2017.  She has been an amazing addition to our coaching staff.  Her positive energy and many years of coaching experience make all the students love her classes.

 

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The Office Staff


Ms. Lourdes

Ms. Lourdes

Office Manager

“If you pretend there is no Magic, then there is no way for the Magic to come through.” -Isis

Education:

Ms. Lourdes graduated from The American Musical and Dramatics Academy Conservatory in New York with a degree in Studio and Film.

Experience:

Ms. Lourdes is studying to complete her gymnastics certification through GymCert. She has worked with children of all ages with the YMCA of Highland. In addition to running the Books to Broadway Program in New York where she created school curriculum for elementary and middle school students that centered around the

Certifications:

  • Safety Certified through USA Gymnastics
  • Certified in CPR & First Aid

Favorite Component about working at Apollo School of Gymnastics:

“The resonance that is created after a skill is achieved. That energy is then recreated in future accomplishments, whether they are mental, physical, or spiritual. And that is awesome!”


Ms. Jackie

Ms. Jackie

Office Personnel

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire." - Unknown

Education:  Ms. Jackie is a Doctor of Chiropractic and formerly owned her own practice. 

Experience:  Ms. Jackie has been one of our amazing office staff members since the beginning of 2016.  Jackie also has two sons have been on our competitive men's team for the past five years. 

Certifications:

  • Doctor of Chiropratic

Favorite Component about working at Apollo:

"My favorite part about working at Apollo is the people.  They have become like family.  Apollo feels like my second home."

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