Our teachers are specially selected and trained to safely bring out the best in each child. When recruiting staff members, we find that the technical knowledge of gymnastics and teaching methods can be taught, but we cannot change someone’s personality.
Although all of our GymStars teachers have personal gymnastics experience, when we’re hiring staff we look for people with a sincere enjoyment of children, a high energy level, and a love of gymnastics. We have found that this results in a more child-friendly staff, which is far more important at the school age level.
Our goal in the GymStars program isn’t to drill Olympic-caliber physical and mental skills into your child; rather, we’re here to instill a life-long love of fitness in your children. We will also help your children attain basic strength, balance, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness that will help them excel in whatever activities or sports they ultimately choose to participate in.
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– Program Directors & Managers –
Melissa Luedtke – Junior Olympic Gymnastics Team Director
Alex Bala – Junior Olympic team coach, Optional Team Manager, and Adult Fitness instructor
Denise Crosby – Special Needs Program Manager
“Miss. Denise grew up in Brooklyn, New York and Bernardsville, New Jersey. She relocated to Colorado in 2001 to attend Naropa University in Boulder and quickly realized that the Colorado lifestyle was a great fit for her. She then decided to make Longmont her permanent home.
Denise has been teaching gymnastics to children, including those with special needs, at Airborne Gymnastics & Dance for the last eight and a half years. Denise is also a Special Education Paraprofessional in the St. Vrain Valley School District. She started a Special Olympics Gymnastics program, is a Family Recruited Employee with Imagine!, and assists with a TOP Soccer program in the area – all contributing to the wellbeing of children with special needs.”
David Ford – Trampoline and Tumbling Program Manager – TNT@airbornegym.com
“Davy Ford is the head trampoline coach and director of the trampoline and tumbling program at Airborne Gymnastics. He grew up in Pocatello, ID and began gymnastics there at the age of eight. He was a member of the USA Gymnastics national trampoline team from 1999-2005, and was selected as a member of four World Championships teams. In 2001 he competed as a member of the bronze medal winning double mini trampoline team at the World Championships in Odense, Denmark, and finished in fifth place at the World Games in Akita Japan. He also won a bronze medal in synchronized trampoline at a World Cup competition in 2002 and was fifth at the 2003 World Championships. Davy is currently training on Trampoline in hopes of qualifying for the next Olympic Games.
Davy is a veteran of the US Air Force and moved to Colorado in 2010 to pursue a master’s degree in Chinese Literature at the University of Colorado. In his spare time he likes to play the guitar.”
Jessica Hirsch-Carton – Xcel Team Director – email@example.com
“I began my gymnastics career at the age of 3, and began competing when I was 7 years old, starting in the CARA gymnastics league, and moving into the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic program when I was 9. At the age of 12, I became a level 8 gymnast, where I remained for the rest of my time as an athlete, until I “retired” at the age of 16. After I quit participating in the JO program, I became a high school gymnast, where I flourished in the self-driven, low stress environment. Although I’ve always loved gymnastics more than anything, I was a fearful gymnast and because of this, I am passionate about helping athletes work through not only their fears, but all of the struggles they may face in this sport. I strive to find a balance between hard work and fun while training, and it is important to me that every athlete has a safe and supportive environment in which to reach her full potential.
In my time at Airborne, I have worked with children of all ages, in addition to being a part of the inception of what is now our Xcel team. It has always been one of my goals to grow this program, and I am delighted to see what our athletes have accomplished, not only in the level of gymnastics they are doing, but in the dedication, hard work, and determination they have shown. I believe that the benefits of gymnastics reach far beyond the gym, and I have seen the things that an athlete learns in the gym benefit them in their lives – in school, other athletics, interpersonal relationships, and beyond.”
Kim Miller – Office Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Kim grew up in the Denver metro area- a Colorado native and proud of it! She attended Smokey Hill High School in Aurora and ran track as a sprinter. She attended CU and received a BS in Business with an emphasis in accounting, but after graduation, decided to go into retail management instead. Kim worked in Target stores as an assistant store manager for 13 years and then ran a daycare business for 12 years.
Kim started working at Airborne when her daughter, Krysta, was a gymnast here. She started out part time in the office, and it later grew into the full time office manager. ‘I love my job! I love working with our clients and their children and ensuring that they feel welcome and at home at Airborne. It is important to me that our clients feel they have made a great choice entrusting their children to our programs.’”
Mari Majeske – Top Gun Director, Jr Olympic Compulsory Team Coach – email@example.com
Shannon Renke – JO Team Coach
Megan Taggart – Jr Olympic Team Coach & Compulsory Team Manager, TumbleBee teacher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Weiland – GymStars Director – Gary@airbornegym.com
– Other Key Coaches-
Al Arias – TumbleBee Director – email@example.com
Tim Chernock – GymStar and Xcel Team Coach
Kelly Glynn – TumbleBee Teacher
Ben Meyers – Ninja Zone Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Mr. Ben started gymnastics when he was only 9 months old! He began competing in men’s artistic gymnastics at the age of 7. He made it to Class I Gymnastics and was working to become a level 10 when he finished. His favorite event was pommel horse.
Ben began junior coaching (similar to assistant coaching) when he was 12 years old, and began coaching on his own at 15. He has been coaching the Airborne Trampoline and Tumbling program for almost 10.5 years. Ben enjoys the challenge of teaching kids new skills. Two of Ben’s favorite things about trampoline and tumbling are: (1) conquering a new skill and (2) being able to do something that not a lot of other people can do.”
Emily Wilson – email@example.com
“Miss Emily currently works as a TumbleBee teacher and JO optional team coach. She started gymnastics when she was 4 years old and competed all throughout high school as a level 10. She graduated from University of Colorado with a degree in psychology and sociology.
Miss Emily has been with Airborne for almost 6 years and has about 7 ½ years of coaching experience. She feels gymnastics has more than an athletic influence on students of any age. She believes that preschool students can start building fundamentals such as motor coordination, good listening skills, and social interaction that can be applied in any aspect of life! Miss Emily values the life lessons such as dedication and persistence along with passion that can be used in and out of the gym!”