My Name is Christine Deck. I have been the owner of Flying High since it opened in 1991. I opened the gym when I was 19. At the time, there were very few gymnastics centers in the area. While gymnastics has always been my passion and something that came naturally to me, running a business was an adventure for me. I can tell you, a boring day does not exist in my world! I am always learning, and mostly from your children!read less more
My gymnastics career began when I was three. My parents, to whom I owe my entire success, drove me 45 minutes EACH WAY, five times a week so I could do what I love. Back then, that was the closest gym to us! My Mother placed me in gymnastics at such a young age (there was no such thing as Mommy and Me classes back then) to keep me safe! By age three I was already flipping off couches, jumping off tables to land in my splits, and trying to fly.
As an 8th grader, I assisted my mother's friend, who taught a group of 1st and 2nd grade girls at our local Sokol. I loved every minute. I was also in a gifted program at school that placed me in high school in the afternoons. This enabled me to join the Morton High School team as an 8th grader. I believe that experience is what opened the door to coaching for me. As an 8th grader, I was coaching and spotting many of the Varsity girls. It was an experience I will never forget. My gymnastics career certainly took a hit with the decision to stop my club gymnastics for this experience, but it opened up a whole new world to me.
Throughout my fou years at Lyons Township High School, I taught at no less than three gymnastics organizations at a time. I have coached in two Sokols, three Park Districts, two Recreation Programs (I was a Director at one), and one Private Club.
At the age of 19, Flying High was born in a 1,000 square foot office area that we renovated ourselves. My hope, passion and dream has always been that gymnastics could give children self confidence and co-ordination that they may not have had otherwise. My most fulfilling moment was over 16 years ago. A mother came up to me after class so thrilled with our program because she had an extremely cautious daughter. She was glowing as she told me that her daughter had pulled a chair over to the kitchen counter and climbed up on the counter to get cookies. She said her daughter had NEVER climbed on anything prior to taking gymnastics with us. It was a moment that brought me to tears, still does, and set in stone what the goals of Flying High would be from that day forward.
Over the years we have cultivated a culture here that, we believe, keeps people coming to us. We do very little advertising and rely on word-of-mouth. We truly try to put 100% of ourselves into every class, and try to create an individual experience for every student. I have been blessed with a wonderful staff who wholeheartedly accept and practice our tagline "Where EVERY child is a STAR" so much so that when we toyed with the idea of changing it for the new facility, there was almost an employee strike. This tagline means a lot to our staff. They feel that without it, we are just another gym; and that's not what they, nor I, want to be.
I have been doing this for over half of my life, and know that I have MANY years left in me. I consider myself incredibly lucky because I look forward to coming into work, and tomorrow will ALWAYS be different than yesterday.
Background (coaching, with kids, etc) My background began at Flying High when I was a junior in high school. At the time I was just a high school kid looking for some extra cash. Now, almost 10 years later, I truly believe I have found what I want to do with the rest of my life. I do know how lucky I am. I can sit in my office and deal with the daily stresses of helping to run a business and then walk out into the gym and talk about one of my 3 yr old' gerbils for 10 minutes...read less more
Life doesn't get much better than that. And I am here to tell you that kids are usually much smarter than adults. They make you realize that everything isn't as big of a deal as you think. Life is simple! I am lucky enough to be reminded of that every day.
Not to mention... FH has some of the greatest parents I have ever known. It constantly amazes me how many parents walk in and stop to say hello. Really, it makes Flying High a very warm place.
Music is my true passion. My instrument collection includes: Piano (takes up most of my living room!), four guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, various drums, tin flute, jaw harp, keyboard, and yes…even a musical saw. I don't play all of them well, just enough to keep me happy (can't say the same for my neighbors).
I also enjoy traveling. Just before I graduated college, I spent most of the summer in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I have also just recently returned from a three week sampler of Europe. Italy, Spain, France, England (again), and Holland. I encourage everyone I know to travel as I believe it makes you a more understanding, accepting and overall complete person.
Reading and writing are two other things I love to do. Books, newspapers, magazines (I have to admit, Reader's Digest and National Geographic are my favorite), anything... I love it all.
I want my students to learn that they don't have to be "the star" to have fun. Yes, accomplishing goals is ALWAYS fun, but being 1st is not always the best goal to set. Striving for your own personal best will put you among the top players of any field (be it athletic or not). Striving to outrank yourself or beat your personal best is the best competition there is.
I also want my students to know the importance of learning. We don't just teach sports here. We teach children how to be creative. They have set goals and now need to reach them: how are we going to do that? There is never just one answer. Life would be boring if there was!
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): Well, if you work here or have been a part of Flying High for a while, you probably know…but I have a 50 acre farm in Galena, Il. Of all the places I've been around world, this is by far my favorite. It has been my family for 21 years, and is my most prized possession. The house and barns are in a valley surrounded by 50 acres of beautiful hills, trees, crops, and sometimes cows. We have a TV, but ONLY for movies. I spend every free moment I have there with my best friend (my dog, Harper), and any others who want to tag along.
Cheer & Dance Galaxy Co-Director, Cheer & Dance Galaxy Tumbling Specialist, Gymnastics Instructor
Gymnast for 7 years[level 8], Cheerleader for 7 years. Coached tots and beginner gymnastics at my old gym, also coached a junior high level all-star cheerleading team.read less more
I enjoy reading, going out with friends, playing with my dog, and good food.
I would like the children I coach to learn determination and a good work ethic. These things will help them ucceed in both gymnastics as well as in life.
I attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and was an active member of Delta Zeta Sorority.
OTR/L Superstars Director
I have worked with kids since I started babysitting at 10 years old. I taught gymnastics to visually impaired youths at a sports camp while I was in college. I have been an Occupational Therapist for 17 years.read less more
I love spending time with my family. I have two kids, a girl and a boy, who take classes here at Flying High. We love watching movies, going on bike rides, and spending time with our neighbors and friends.
I want my students to learn self-confidence. No matter where their skill level is, there will always be something they can succeed at. This is also a skill that carries over into everyday life.
My husband and I grew up together in Michigan. We moved to Chicago in 1997 but still travel back about once a month to visit family. I also love to cook and am very interested in photography.
Throughout my life I have taken dance classes from age 5-18 in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and pom. I have been a nanny and have babysat since the age of 14. I have coached cheerleading and dance squads.read less more
I enjoy all outdoor activities, dancing, and spending time with my family and friends.
My goal is to have every child that walks through Flying High's doors to attain a high level of self confidence and determination, and leave with a smile on their faces everyday.
I am a licensed Esthetician (skin care specialist) and love to country line dance.
I am a recent graduate of Lewis University and love working with kids! I tutored in my first year of college and have babysat many families. I am always surrounded by kids and I feel they bring so much joy to the world.
Some activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics include; Family, friends, fitness, running, and spending time at my cottage in Wisconsin!read less more
I want the children to learn that self-confidence is very important and no one can ever bring you down unless you let them. I want the kids to know that they are beautiful and bring joy to the world.
I have a house in Wisconsin on a lake and I love fishing with my family!
Boys & Girls Competitive Team Director
I was a Level 10/Elite gymnast, until I moved on to Track when I was 15, have been coaching ever since! Prior to moving to Chicago in 2007, was coaching Levels 4-10 at Style Gymnastics in MD. Have enjoyed coaching kids of all ranges from pre-school, cheerleaders, Rec and Girls competitive Team. Gymnastics has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and I can't imagine doing anything else.read less more
I love to snowboard, attend sporting events (favorite is baseball), travel…I'm a bit of an adventure-seeker and love trying anything new! A few of my adventures include bungee jumping, cliff diving in Mexico and sky diving!
I strive for my gymnasts to learn self confidence, self motivation, inner strength and most importantly how good it feels to overcome struggles (inside AND outside of the gym) which ultimately help them arrive at the goals they have set for themselves.
I'm an expert baton twirler!
Camp Director, Assistant Tots and Recreational Gymnastics Director
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I have been working with kids and youth in some capacity for the last 10 years or so...read less more
I have my Bachelor's degree in English with teacher certification at the secondary level, have completed several courses in early childhood education and I am currently pursing my Master's degree in elementary education. When I first started working at Flying High, I was terrified of children. Now I can't imagine spending my life any other way besides working with children! I LOVE what I do!
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Painting and crafting, researching anything and everything, camping and other outdoorsy things and spending time with family and friends as often as possible.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I want my children to learn how to be the best that they can be. It is my hope that my children will leave class with a sense of pride in knowing that even if they aren't the best gymnast in class, they tried their very best and worked as hard as they could and, at the end of the day, that's what really matters. I also want my children to learn to think critically and problem solve independently. Learning these kinds of life skills at an early age is so important in ensuring these skills will grow as the child does.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I like to collect random things. Items in my collection include - a pelican hamper, a coonskin cap, several animal themed hats and a large, blue vase that has acted as both a side table and umbrella holder at various times.
Assistant Office Manager
I've been working with kids my whole life. When I was younger, I worked at Valley Forge supervising girls at day camp. I have been a babysitter, most notable for my two wonderful nieces...read less more
Now, I have a 5 year old daughter who loves coming to work with me! Most of my free time is filled up by spending time with her and with my husband. A perfect day for me would consist of a great concert, a good book, and swimming. People would be interested to know that before I had my daughter, I used to do outdoor electrical work!
It is important to me that every child feels at home here at Flying High. I hope they leave with a feeling of accomplishment after every class!
Business Manager & Cosmic Café Director
Ever since I was old enough to start babysitting other kids, I did. I loved it! From family, to family friends, they always knew who to call if they even needed a babysitter...read less more
I put my babysitting experience to good use by working at a daycare center instructing 4 year olds. I'm fortunate enough now to have two wonderful sons that I get to spend time with. We play outside and I teach them the sports I enjoy playing, like volleyball. I play about two to three times a week. A fun fact about me is that my husband and I met when I was 12 years old! Eleven years later we were married, and we're still going strong!
I would like children here to learn self-respect, build confidence, and use teamwork all while doing the sport they enjoy.
Cheer & Dance Galaxy Co-Director
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I have been coaching for 11 years. I was a head instructor/judge for UCA. I use to work at one of the largest cheer gyms in Texas. I have won NCA All Star Nationals and ACA All Star Nationals & have coached levels 1-5...read less more
Currently in addition to my coaching job at Flying High I am the head coach for the University of Illinois Chicago & choreograph for the Chicago Bulls cheer team, the IncrediBulls. I've also coached competitive gymnastics levels 2-8. I'm USASF certified 1-5, AACCA safety certified & CPR certified.
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: running, working out, playing soccer, reading, shopping, dancing, and going to the movies.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I want my children to learn that there are not short cuts for anything worth having and that hard work and accountability is the only way to succeed.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I have 5 sets of grandparents.
Rec Gymnastics Teacher
Background (coaching, with kids, etc) : I have been working with kids as a summer camp counselor since the Summer of 2007 at the Brookfield Recreation Department. I have prior experience as a basketball coach with the Normal Parks and Recreation Department for 2 years in college. We only won a few games, but I guarantee no other teams had as much fun as the Bulls!read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics : I like to play all kinds of sports and stay active at any cost. If there is some sort of competitive drive involved, I am all in. I love to travel, go camping, basically all things outdoors. Die hard sports fan also. I am not afraid to take a side when it comes to Chicago baseball. I grew up in a South Side household an I am not ashamed to admit it. Blackhawks, Bulls, Bears, and White Sox for me.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): It's not all about gymnastics when you walk into Flying High for me. I want kids to leave everyday with a smile on their face. I want them to learn how to be courteous and obedient, while enjoying themselves. I want them to know that you can have fun while doing gymnastics. I want students to be as successful as they can possibly be, while maintaining good and polite behavior.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): When possible, on weekends or when ever I have any free time, I make extra money as an extra in TV shows and movies that film in Chicago. I was an extra in the movie Public Enemies with Johnny Depp, as well as 6 different TV shows.
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I did gymnastics and dance as a child, but also worked in many different areas with children from various states and countries in orphanages, schools and home settings. I've learned a lot from the children I was able to meet and work with, and that has left a lasting impression on my life to help others at all costs.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I enjoy reading, working out, and visiting new places.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I would like children who stop at the desk to learn patience and manners.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I was a competitive Irish Dancer for almost 12 years in Michigan.
Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I have a college degree in Elementary Education. I have taught 3rd, 6th, and 7th grades. I currently am taking time off teaching school to stay home with my 6 children. Coaching gymnastics allows me to teach part- time. I competed in gymnastics up to Level 8, and I just love teaching others about the sport!read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with my husband, Dave, and my 6 children.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I want my children to learn that if they work hard on their goals, they will achieve success in gymnastics and other areas of their lives.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I've run the Chicago Marathon twice.
Cheer & Dance Galaxy Competitive Coach, Recreational Cheer Instructor
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I have worked with children since I was 16 years old. I was a day camp leader for 5 years and I taught fist grade for one year. I have been involved in cheer and gymnastics since I was a kid. I cheer from 4th grade through college.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Outside of gymnastics I enjoy hanging out with my friends and spending time with my family.
What do you want your children to learn (please don't list skills): I would like my children to learn the importance of teamwork.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with what you do here): An interesting fact about me is I really like to draw.
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I've been at Flying High for 2 years and the experience has been amazing. Although I have never coached a sport before I compete as a gymnast for Special Olympics of Illinois and love to help my friends with skills they may struggle with.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Singing & acting.
What do you want your children to learn (please dont list skills): Its so rewarding to get to work with children who are excited to learn and build new skills, I want to be there to assist them in learning any way I can.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with what you do here): I am volunteer for the Humane Society.
Compulsory Coach & Fitness Instructor
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I enjoy anything that is active! It's fun to play and be outside when possible. I enjoy watching my children compete in their sports!read less more
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I hope to teach my students perseverance. The ability to not give up and continue to strive for a goal is so important in so many things we do. I also hope they learn how to support each others goals and be excited when a friend achieves something they are working towards.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I wish I had more time for hobbies! I enjoy doing puzzles and word search. Spending time with my 5 awesome children when we are not running like crazy!
MOT, OTR/L Superstars Program
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): When I was 12 years old I started babysitting for children. In high school I worked after school at a retirement/ assisted living facility. I have worked as an occupational therapist for the past 14 years. I have worked with children between the ages of 3-21 years old.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I enjoy being active and being outdoors. I love to kayak, bike, hike, snowshoe, camp, and cross country ski. The other activity I really enjoy doing is traveling!
What do you want your children to learn (please dont list skills): I would like my students to try new skills and learn patience and persistence with skills that are challenging. I would also like for my students to be proud of themselves for the effort they put forward.
Boys Team Coach, Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I've been coaching boys' competitive gymnastics since I was 16 and at 18 I began to coach recreational gymnastics.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Working out, biking, reading, and going to school.
What do you want your children to learn (please dont list skills): Teach honor and be able to recognize it in a humble manner.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with what you do here): I have a pitbull that I taught Spanish to.
Events & Party Planet Staff
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): Since I was little I was an assistant teacher at my gymnastics gym in Stickney, and I was also a student teacher in my martial arts gym as a kid. I learned pretty quickly on how to be a leader, and how to help others.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Football, Hockey, and Wrestling. There isnt nothing better than the big three.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I want my kids to learn to be adventurous. A lot of kids tend to get comfortable in doing a select few things, and not do anything else. My goal is to help them become more outgoing, and have them wanting to expand their horizons.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I'm a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and I have a recorded 40+ touchdowns.
Recreational Gymnastics Instructor and Event Staff
I have a background as a Parent Educator. Helping Families with parenting, family advocacy, and kindergarten readiness.read less more
I love to travel, find hidden treasures in Chicago, and spend time with family and friends.
I would love to teach my Flying High kids leadership, respect, teamwork, and how to how fun with physical activity.
I have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. I have traveled all over the world, and I have only lived in Chicago for a year.
Events & Party Planet Staff
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I was in teaching internship and have been babysitting since I was 8. This summer I had my first job as an all day nanny.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Volleyball, singing, dancing, spending time with friends, reading and shopping.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I want my children to learn that nothing is handed to you in life; that you have to work for what you want.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): Something interesting about me is that I love to be outside and playing sports more than I like sitting inside doing nothing. I would much rather play a game of soccer, or volleyball instead of watching the Teen Wolf marathon
Recreational Cheer Instructor
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I have been at Flying High for 12 years now where I've done gymnastics & cheer and now I'm excited to teach.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I enjoy cheerleading, dancing & singing!
What do you want your children to learn (please dont list skills): I would like my children to learn to be compassionate towards others and to have fun doing a sport they love.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with what you do here): I play a lot of instruments & sing.
Events & Party Planet Staff
As soon as I was able to babysit I took that opportunity and ran with it, I even loved it so much I have dedicated full summers working with kids of all ages as a camp counselor...read less more
I enjoy many things including sports of all kind and spending time with my family and friends. Some things I would love for these kids to take away from their experience at Flying High is confidence and respect. Something interesting about me is I am currently attending the University of Kentucky.
Events & Party Planet Staff
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I have five younger siblings that I love to play with and be around. I also babysit for parents with children as young as 10 months old.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I enjoy playing piano, reading & writing. I am a goalie for my school's lacrosse team and love to play.
What do you want your children to learn (please don't list skills): I want children to learn the importance of respect, patience, and sharing.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with what you do here): I want to be a paleontologist.
Recreational Cheer and Dance Instructor, Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): Before this job I've worked a ton with children. I was a camp counselor at a day camp & worked as a cheerleading choreographer for ages 6-18 during high school...read less more
During college I was a dance instructor for a national dance academy where I taught 20 classes a week for ages 3-18. All around I love working with the younger generation to lead them both in perfecting skills as well as establishing friendships, responsibility and good morale.
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Other than gymnastics I also enjoy cheerleading, dance, yoga, rollerblading and being outdoors for walks with my puppy. On a less athletic note I love to watch reality TV, eat sushi, go shopping, hang out with my friends, paint, do crafts, hang out with my family, and enjoying the sunshine!
What do you want your children to learn (please don't list skills): I think what I teach my students in life is 10 times more important than what I can teach them on the mat. A huge part of who I am today has come through my gym training. Whether it be cheerleading, dance, tumbling or whatever skill, I was trained to be respectful, follow my coaches orders, learn what it takes to do something great and how much dedication that demands, created friendships that I don't think could have gotten as close as they did if not in that environment, and finally I became accountable for my own voice and actions at a young age. I would love to pass on these qualities to whoever I teach. I also let them know that I am someone they can talk to, will care for them, both push and be there for them on and off the practice floor.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with what you do here): I happen to know I am a very odd person. I am quirky, silly & fun, as well as serious and down to work when the time comes. My whole life I've wanted to be famous. I felt so comfortable on a stage and in front of crowds I knew it was where I belonged. However, I realized that giving other kids that that sense of a home away from home is 10 times more rewarding than what it could be for me alone.
Cheer & Dance Galaxy Competitive Coach, Recreational Cheer Instructor, Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I have been coaching kids ever since I was 16 years old and have enjoyed every moment of it. I really enjoy teaching children how to correctly use their body and enforce a sense of discipline not only during practice but also in real life situations.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Outside of gymnastics I am busy studying for pharmacy school and educated myself on how the body functions in everyday life.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I want my children to learn communication skills and manners between their peers and with adults and be able to apply this knowledge in other settings outside of the classroom. I also want my students to break barriers and improve self confidence in their performance, always striving to be a better individual.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I am very competitive and strive for perfection even though it is not always achievable, I love to travel and try new things.
Cheer & Dance Galaxy Competitive Coach
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I've coached various Cheer & Dance Galaxy teams!
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics : Outside of activities at the gym, I enjoy running, cardio kickboxing, any type of conditioning. I also work full time as an Accounting Consultant for a Commercial Insurance company in Chicago. More recently, however, my time has been spent playing with little girl!read less more
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I strive to teach the kids how important teamwork is when trying to reach a common goal. I also want the kids to know that a challenge is something that can be overcome with hard work and dedication. I love to see the excitement on their faces when they reach a goal or overcome a challenge they didn't they could!
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I'm currently taking some time away from my Galaxy family to spend with the new addition to my family, Madelyn Grace!
Events & Party Planet Staff
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I have been coaching the boys rock star 1 and 2 classes since January. I love it the boys are great and although we have a lot of fun in the classes they learn a lot of the skills. I have two nephews that are always running around and being wild so I have learned to always be watching them and looking out for an injury.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I enjoy playing sports with my friends a lot. Playing football, basketball, or volleyball are the main sports I usually play with my friends. I also go to lifetime a lot. Going to the movies while hanging with friends is always a big thing I do.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I want my children to learn that hard work is very important in life and not only in gymnastics if they are working hard they could go to the next level but also in life if they work hard they can achieve more.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): An interesting fact about me is when I was younger in 4th to 7th grade me and my basketball teammates won the championship for our school three out of the four years I played for that school.
Recreational Cheer Instructor, Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I've served in the children ministry at my church. Also I have coached at a local park district.
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I enjoy swimming, cheerleading, shopping and running.read less more
What do you want your children to learn (please dont list skills): I want all my students to learn giving up is not an option and fighting and pushing yourself to do anything you put your mind to is key!
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with what you do here): I've been involved in gymnastics since I was 3 followed by ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. I made the varsity cheerleading squad as a freshman and also varsity track as a freshman. I love to sing, dance & try new things. I've also found it interesting that when you think no one is watching your success someone always is.
Performing Arts Physical Therapist, DPT Superstars Program
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I was a J.O level 10 and collegiate gymnast for over 16 years. I competed at Northern Illinois University as an uneven bars specialist. After college, I went on to pursue my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University. During Physical Therapy school, I stayed involved in gymnastics by coaching competitive team gymnastics...read less more
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to become a Performing Arts Medicine Specialist focusing my preventative and rehabilitative skills on gymnasts, dancers, cheerleaders, etc. I have been working for over two years as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist and am now continuing to follow my passion by working with the competitive gymnastics and cheer programs at Flying High Gym.
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I love animals & volunteer at Naperville Area Humane Society helping cats and dogs find forever homes by socializing them and helping with their medical needs.
I also recently got married to an amazing man, Rick. He is a special education teacher and an elite level triathlete competing in Ironman distance races. We travel all over the country/world for his training and competitions.
What do you want your children to learn (please don't list skills): I became a Physical Therapist because I had some great Physical Therapists and coaches who served as mentors in my life during substantial injuries. I want my patient's to learn from me, what I learned from them… hard work goes a long way, patience is important; and determination and passion will help you succeed. I want them to know that no matter the injury or the challenge they are facing, they can achieve whatever they set their mind too.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with what you do here): I tore both of my ACL's in my knees within the same year in high school. I have had five knee surgeries. When I was a gymnast, my favorite skill was a pike jaeger on uneven bars. I have 10 animals that are within my home or immediate family's homes: 8 dogs and 2 cats! Mine are: Brother and sister lab mixes, Winter and Roxy and my awesomely, sassy cat: Baxter.
Cheer & Dance Galaxy Competitive Coach, Recreational Cheer and Dance Instructor
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I started at flying high when I was four doing gymnastics. I was on the competative team for about five years. When I was 12 I started competative dance...read less more
I was shante's first student. I was on the team for five years. I join the competitive cheer team and this is my second year of cheer. I have been coaching both competitive and rec galaxy classes for 3 years.
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I don't really do much outside or school, practice and work. I have a limited amount of time to myself. I like to listen to music and make up dance choreography to songs
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I want them to learn to never give up and always try to push themselves so they can improve.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): um I'm a freshman in college.
Recreational Gymnastics Coach
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I have been coaching recreational gymnastics for 11 years at various gyms.
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Planning my wedding for May 2014!read less more
What do you want your children to learn (please dont list skills): To have confidence in themselves and to have fun.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with what you do here): I am a 3rd grade teacher!
Director of Stellar Martial Arts
I am a certified International Master in Kukkiwon Tae Kwon Do. As a former member of the Phillipine National Team, I competed in various national and world class level tournaments...read less more
I’ve been practicing Tae Kwon Do for more than twenty years, with fifteen years experience in teaching the art. I’m really interested in computer graphics, and I used to make TV commercials and do 3D animation video editing. One commercial I did included my own pictures, but you couldn’t notice it unless you really looked closely.
I want my students to develop respect, discipline, focus, confidence, and self-esteem. Once they’ve learned these concepts, I hope they carry over into the home and school as well.
Competitive Gymnastics Coach, Recreational Gymnastics Instructor, Team Choreographer
I have ten years of experience in coaching all levels of gymnastics. For the last eight years, I’ve been working as a choreographer as well. I’ve even brought gymnasts to Nationals in Serbia and America!...read less more
My passion for gymnastics goes back as far as I can remember. I was on the Serbian National team, and I was a national champion in 1992, 1993, and 1996! From gymnastics to dancing to swimming to basketball, I love all sports.
I love to spend time with my family in Serbia. I am married and I have a gorgeous son named Milos. There was a time when I used to work on television as a reporter!
I want my gymnasts to learn that it is not important how many times you fall, but how many times you stand up.
Gymnastics Coach & Camp Instructor
I’ve been teaching at Flying High for the past two years! It’s great that I get to teach so many kids here, from babies to team. I’ve got two awesome nephews, one who is mildly autistic, and I enjoy spending time with them...read less more
My free time is spent running, reading, and hanging out with my friends to catch a movie. I’m currently studying to become a nurse, and I volunteer at a hospital. I really love animals too!
I want my students to always remember that no matter what, every child is a star (our FH motto)! A great attitude means everything and I really believe that as long as you keep trying, you will succeed.
Gymnastics Instructor; Dance Instructor
I received my degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois. I taught 5th grade for 2 years. Not only have I have been teaching dance for 4 years but have 12+ years in ballet, jazz, pom, lyrical, pointe, and hip hop.read less more
Outside of Flying High I enjoy scrap booking, going to concerts & shopping. Also cheering for the Chicago White Sox & the Chicago Bears!
I would like my students to learn what it is to have great self-confidence and to have and show passion in things they do, like I passion I have for dance. I also want them to develop great friendships with others as well as learning how to work together with others to achieve positive things.
An interesting fact about me is I went to High School in the Philippine Islands and traveled to other south East Asian countries to dance. I also lived in Las Vegas for 2 years Teaching elementary school.
Cosmic Caf&eacte; Staff
I have been working with kids for about 6-7 years. I started as a teacher’s aide and currently am in college working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. I hope one day to be an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher.read less more
Outside Flying High I like hanging out with friends, watching movies & reading books, Action, Romance, Comedy, Suspense, pretty much all types. My best friend & I have been friends for 20 years are 16 days apart & like 12 blocks from each other.
One thing I think is important for kids to learn is to be kind and considerate of others.
Cosmic Café Staff
I have been around dance and gymnastics for quite a few years. My daughter my daughter did gymnastics from age 5 up through college. My son did 2 years of boy’s gymnastics in high school...read less more
I have had a retail back round from working in the girls department at Nordstrom.
I enjoy trying new recipes, baking, antiques, my family car rides and gardening. I love scrap booking and hand quilting. I enjoy crafting things that can be enjoyed by or past on to others.
I have a 1971 corvette. Currently it is not working but someday day, it will be running again. I have had it since 1982.
Before coming to Flying High I worked at Downers Grove South High School. I worked in maintenance and helped with recycling. I’m a part of the “Going Green” project.read less more
Outside of Flying High I enjoy watching baseball on TV. I also like basketball, swimming golf and doing puzzles.
I have a good sense of humor and I like to have fun. I especially like taking care of my 2 dogs, Wrigley and Stella.
Head Boys Team Coach, Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
My parents owned a gym in Florida which I spent A LOT of time at. I was a scholarship student at U.I.C from 1996-2000 along with Justin Joyce. I have been an assistant coach at U.I.C, coaching the Men’s Gymnastics Team, 3 time NCAA National Qualifiers.read less more
I want my kids to learn independence and self reliance. Confidence is important in every aspect of life, in and out of sports.
I enjoy spending time with my family in Florida, where my parents live. Other than gymnastics I like water skiing and snow boarding. I’m a sox fan and try to make it to any game I can. Most of all I love to travel. My oldest sister live in South Africa, I have traveled there 6 times. One particular trip lasted 3 months long. I have been to 8 countries in Africa……more to come!!!!!
I have been a gymnast at Flying High for almost 8 years. Although I do not coach at Flying High (I work birthday parties and at the front desk instead), I have coached gymnastics at Lyons Township High School for the past two years.read less more
Besides gymnastics, I love to play tennis. I also like to spend my free time making mixes and movies on the computer.
I think it is important for all children at Flying High to learn to believe in themselves. Self-confidence is not only an important quality to have in the gym, but also in life outside of the gym. You can achieve anything you put your mind to!!
Something interesting that not too many people know about me is that I cannot say –ing words such as ring, king, and singer correctly… I try to avoid saying these words as much as possible!! :)
Team Gymnastics Coach, Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
I have been doing gymnastics at Flying High for almost 11 years.
Outside of gymnastics, I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching movies, and going out to eat.read less more
I want my children to learn that when they work hard and have fun they can achieve anything they want to.
I laugh during scary movies to make them not so scary for me.
Flying High Mascot
Harper has very little experience with coaching children because, well, she’s a dog. If she was a coach though, she would probably want her children to learn that you don’t always have to take life so seriously. Have fun with whatever you do.read less more
Harper’s favorite activities outside of the gym include: chasing rabbits, playing catch, and going on walks. She also enjoys spending time with her Aunt Chris and her Grandma!
Team Gymnastics Coach
Background: I worked at FH from 02’-04’. I started teaching beginning levels and worked my way up to being a coach of all levels (including competitive). I also do a lot of the maintenance around the building.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of Flying High: I like to stay busy playing all kinds of sports. I play softball (12” & 16”), baseball, basketball and volleyball.
What I want my students to learn: Teamwork! Responsibility! How to get along with others. Setting goals and having dreams and NEVER giving up on those is also pretty important. Set the bar high and see what you’re made of!
Something interesting about me: I have worked in many trades: Electricians Union, Carpenter, Concrete Work, Roofing and plumbing.
I love investing in real estate. By the time I was 22 I already owned two properties.
I also have a Saint Bernard who is 175 lbs. He’s huge!
Cheer & Dance Galaxy Competitive Coach, Recreational Dance Instructor
I have a BA in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago where I performed in various dance and theatre productions. I was a cheer coach at St. Ferdinand School in Chicago for 3 years and a cheer instructor at the Park District of Oak Park...read less more
I am currently the Head Coach of the Varsity Dance Team at Lane Tech High School in Chicago.
I also enjoy bike riding, reading books, swimming, watching a good movie, traveling to new places, and just relaxing and enjoying the day with my family and friends.
Respect for self and others, the idea that hard work and dedication are important to the success of their chosen discipline, the importance of teamwork, and the ability to feel proud of all the things they have accomplished, no matter how small.
I love animals, especially dogs and horses. Because of this love I will be going back to school in the Fall of 2008 to study Veterinary Technology. I hope to work in an animal shelter one day.
Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
I have 9 siblings.
I enjoy playing volleyball and softball.read less more
I would like the kids I teach to learn how to have fun while challenging themselves. I really enjoy learning Human Anatomy and dissecting things (as gross as that is!)
Background: Even though I have only been working here since 07’ I have been a part of the Flying High family for over ten years. My daughter, Danielle, (also an employee of Flying High during school breaks),...read less more
was a gymnast here back when the gym was in Brookfield!
I am married with two children, so I know a thing or two about kids!
Activities I enjoy outside of Flying High: I love playing softball, fishing, boating and hunting!
What I love about Flying High: When I am working I love to hear the bell ringing. It means that a child is working hard and enjoying their time here at Flying High.
Background: Front Office, Party Planet/Birthday parties. Special Events/PFN, Lock-ins, I also have two children. I am very active in all of their sports! Both of my children take classes here (and my daughter is on the competitive team!).read less more
I enjoy sewing, crafting and playing volleyball. I really enjoy being with my family.
I would like the children that walk through our doors to leave having learned not only a new skill but more about themselves. Children don’t always know what they are capable of accomplishing. We must help bring it out in them. Hard work pays off. Sometimes it takes longer than others. As long as they keep trying and do their best they will NEVER fail.
How’s this for trivia - I am the youngest of 52 grandchildren. AND I spoke Spanish before I could speak a word of English yet I am Italian/American Indian/Czech.
Events & Party Planet Staff
I have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have worked as a preschool teacher and a Kindergarten teacher as well as have been a nanny for two families.read less more
Outside of gymnastics, I enjoy time with my family and watching my children learn new things every day. Hanging out with friends is also very enjoyable.
I want the children I work with to learn to be the best at what you can. New experiences will be at your hands always but doing what you believe is the best for you is what matters most.
An interesting fact about myself is that I have two sets of twins!!! Jenna and Brianne are 8 years old and Jacob and Danielle are almost 3 years old.
Recreational Gymanstics Instructor
I've been babysitting since I was 10 years old, currently with the Deck family since Tyler and Emerlyn came home and my minor is Child Advocacy.read less more
Outside of gymnastics I enjoy doing anything outside such as going to concerts/festivals and meeting new people.
The main thing I want the children I coach to learn is to get better and have fun. I also want them to learn basic social skills. For example, waiting your turn, saying please and thank you, etc.
Something interesting about myself is I can play the viola and the guitar. Also, I was born in Idaho, grew up in Buffalo Grove, Il, and now live in Chicago in the Logan Square neighborhood. I graduated from NEIU in 2011 with a degree in Psychology.
Recreational Gymnastics Instructor and Pre-Team Coach
I was a competitive gymnast until I was 14 and then switched to HS gymnastics (I was a late starter) After HS, I worked as a rec coach for a couple years in Columbus Ohio, then became team coach...read less more
at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy (level 4 and 5). In addition to coaching gymnastics I have a passion for teaching kids with special needs, primarily autism. I taught preschool at the Cincinnati Center for Autism, worked at Elim Christian Academy in Palos Heights, implemented at home behavior programs, led gross motor workshops and even taught dance at Cincinnati's School for the Deaf. I have always loved working with kids one way or another! I studied Speech Therapy at Ohio State University and am a huge Buckeye fan :) . I have a daughter who currently competes cheer and dance for Galaxy as well!! Flying High has become a HUGE part of our lives and we love it! I've always had a passion for the sport of gymnastics and made it part of my life one way or another.
Outside of gymnastics, I am an avid runner and have completed everything from 5K's to marathons! I spend my free time playing with my daughter, traveling (not always very far), cooking and dancing...yes, my daughter and I love dancing!
I really want the children I coach to learn discipline in addition to teamwork, hard work and confidence.
Something interesting about me... I am fluent in sign language and I am a certified scuba diver and sky diver!!!
Events & Party Planet Staff
I have a degree in Elementary Education, with 2 middle school endorsements (Language Arts and Social Studies). I taught Pre-K for 2 years while I was in college, and I taught Junior High for 4 years after I received my degree in 2000...read less more
I left to be a stay at home mom once my first daughter, Dana, was born in November, 2005.
Outside of gymnastics I enjoy reading, shopping, hanging out with my daughters, going to the movies, and organizing things.
I would like the children I work with at events/birthday parties to enjoy all that Flying High has to offer! I would like for the positive mission of FH to come across to the children attending events, hopefully enough that they can't wait to return!
Some interesting facts about include that I took a certification course in Grant Writing. I worked in a Greek Restaurant for 13 years. When my girls are in Junior High, I would love to get my endorsement in Instructional Media and become a school librarian!
Cheer & Dance Galaxy Competitive Coach
I have been a competitive cheerleader for 7 years now, but I've been tumbling for 10 years. I coached a youth competitive cheerleading team, grades 3-8, for 3 years. I went to The Cheerleading Worlds this past year and I absolutely loved it!read less more
Outside of gymnastics I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
I would like my children to learn to challenge themselves while still having fun doing something that they enjoy doing.
Something interesting about me is that I have broken my arm 11 times in the past 9 years.
I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Millikin University in Musical Theatre with a double major in History. I am currently attending Governors State University to obtain my teaching certification in Elementary Education...read less more
with a specialization in mathematics. I serve as an acting coach at Evergreen Park High School for school musicals, as well as individual lessons for kids and other professional children's theatre groups in the Chicagoland area.
I am a huge sports fan, especially Chicago sports. I am a Chicago Bears and Bulls fan; and I am still anxiously waiting for my Chicago Cubs to win the World Series. I really enjoy cooking as well. I like finding recipes that are not only healthy but equally as delicious. I also enjoy going on cruises and visiting Tropical islands. I have been on cruises to Hawaii, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico.
I want my students to be the best they can possibly be. I have high expectations for my students but only because I know they can reach limits they never thought existed. My students can be assured that I will have their best interests in mind and will push them individually based on their talents and goals. Also, I want my students to know that they are in a safe learning environment in which they can feel free to fail and not feel as though they are being unfairly judged. From this, my students will know that learning is a continual process, not just means to an end; and they will look to partake in their own learning and reach their maximum potential.
In high school, I played football and baseball, while also participating in school plays, musicals, choir, and band performances. There were many days after school that I would put down my helmet and run from the football field to the school auditorium for rehearsal and pick up a script.
Team Gymnastics Coach, Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
I was a gymnast at Flying High from age 5 to 18 (13 years) before continuing my gymnastics career at the University of Illinois – Chicago. I have been coaching gymnastics and tumbling since I was 13 years old...read less more
I absolutely love working with children of all ages and abilities. Watching my students grow not only as an athlete but also as a person is my favorite part.
Outside of gymnastics I love to read books, watch episodes of House or Grey's Anatomy, go running/biking or on a walk. I also was an LT cheerleader all 4 years of high school.
I want my children to learn how to set goals and to work hard for what it is they would like to achieve, cope with failure, be excited but also modest about their achievements, be polite to elders as well as their peers, to work as a team, and to have fun while working hard.
I have an ever-growing love/passion for animals and I plan to adopt at least one or two dogs in the near future. Also, I hope to be able to be a foster home for animals. Animal Cops is a favorite TV show of mine, but I could never become one as I would cry too often for the animals. I also love watching House and Grey's Anatomy for both the background drama and the medical aspect too, however could never be a doctor as I could never perform a surgery.
Recreational Gymnastics Instructor
I have been coaching for six years. I also did gymnastics for 15 years and made it to Level 8 and then did high school gymnastics.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics include hanging out with friends and family.
I want my students to learn to never give up. We don't always expect perfection but we do want you to give it your all.
I have a very large giraffe collection. Some even from other countries.
I have 3 of my own children and being the youngest of 7 children and having 23 nieces and nephews, I've been around kids almost my whole life...read less more
I've coached my daughter's t-ball team and I was the secretary of the parent club at my children's school for the past five years, ran the Scholastic Book Fairs and was the Box Tops Coordinator.
Outside of the gym, I play volleyball, like to bike ride and like hanging out with my children at the zoo or swimming in the pool.
I want my children to learn to be respectful of each other, that you can have fun and still work hard and to know that they can reach their goals if they never give up.
For a female, I'm a huge sports nut. I love watching baseball, hockey, football and tennis (even more than my husband).
Since we love going to the zoo, we thought we would start one at our house. We have a dog, guinea pigs, a hamster and fish.
Recreational Gymanstics Instructor
I have been working with children for 5 years. Outside of teaching gymnastics, I enjoy watching movies, reading, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, and watching any movie that has Robert Downey Jr. or Patrick Swayze as the star.read less more
I would like the children that I work with to learn patience and how to believe in themselves. A fun fact about me is that I have a twin sister and that I played volleyball and softball in high school!
Recreational Gymanstics Instructor
Before coming to Flying High I worked as a babysitter. I enjoy reading, working out, spending time outdoors and hanging out with friends. I would like the children that I teach to learn...read less more
that everyone one learns at a different pace and not to get discouraged! An interesting fact about me is that I can play four different musical instruments!
Cosmic Café Staff
My experience working with children has been widespread over the past few years. I have babysat, attend a youth group once a week and I also tutor children twice a week in a program called Leadershop...read less more
Outside of working with kids, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family. I am also involved in Color Guard at my high school.
I want to teach children manners and cooperation, while in class. I want them to learn the importance of sharing and active listening. A fascinating fact about me is that I was born on a leap year!
Before coming to Flying High I attended Sokol Tabor. I enjoy being outside and taking vacations. I also enjoy listening to music.read less more
I want my students to have fun and make friends while attending their classes.
I have been studying French for 6 years and had the incredible opportunity to spend two weeks in France a few years ago.
Events & Party Planet Staff; Cosmic Café Staff
I have always enjoyed working with children. When I was 13 years old I started a summer fun childcare program with a friend. We made crafts, had snacks, story time and played games with kids from our neighborhood...read less more
Everyday after school I assist my mom who nannies. When I am not in school or working, I enjoy reading and spending time with my friends and family.
I want kids to learn that if they work hard and believe in themselves they can do anything they put their minds to!
Something intriguing about me is that I am an animal lover! One summer I helped resuce a 2 week old kitten. His name is Paws and is now happy and healthy!
Events & Party Planet Staff
Background (coaching, with kids, etc): Tutor elementary school kids every Tuesday and Thursday at a nonprofit organization called the Leadershop.read less more
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: I love volunteering outside of school. Helping the community really boosts my self-esteem and it builds character.
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): I want them to learn that everyone is created equal and are equal in the gym. No one is less important than anyone else at Flying High.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I enjoy watching and playing sports outside of school. I play pretty much every sport and I love it.
Bio questions: Background (coaching, with kids, etc): I was in Sokol gymnastics for 14 years!
Activities I enjoy outside of gymnastics: Going for walks, going to concerts, online shopping, and hanging out with my cats.read less more
What do you want your children to learn (please do not list skills): The balance of hard work and having fun.
Something interesting about me (that has nothing to do with anything you do here): I am a first year graduate student at DePaul University pursuing my MA in Women's and Gender Studies.
Events & Party Planet Staff
Bio coming soon...