STAFF

EVERY Member of the SSGA teaching staff is Safety Certified with USA Gymnastics. Safety is our #1 Priority at SSGA!

100% of our adult coaching staff has completed certified training necessary in the USOC's SAFESPORT Training Program. SSGA is committed to keeping all Children safe at all times!

Rett

Owner/President/Head Coach


Coaching Experience:
25+years. I have coached everything from mom & tot classes to elite gymnastics, and everything in between!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?:
A laptop, a solar powered charger, and my kitty Sneakers
Why I love working at SSGA:
I love the feeling of the happy vibe at SSGA that comes from a staff that truly loves working with kids and gymnastics. The staff is so wonderfully kind and thoughtful, both to each other and the students and their families. Everyone truly believes in our mission statement "Developing Confidence and Character through Gymnastics" and is committed to working together to give the kids their very best every day and to share their knowledge and love of gymnastics with their students. I have been in this business a long time, and although I am biased, I have never seen such a wonderful staff as what we have in place at SSGA. It is truly magic to be a part of something that affects so many lives in a positive way!
Funniest thing that has happened to me while working with kids: This is hard because there are so many! One of the funniest was when Paige was falling backwards when she was tumbling and she bounced near the shelves by the tumble trak, and one of the preschool props (a big, soft, dice) fell off the shelf, bounced off her head, and bounced to the floor. It was hysterical because the timing was perfect. We even have it on video!

Cathy

Office Manager


Favorite quote to live by:
"Set something free, if it comes back its yours, if it doesn't, it never was".
If you could have any superpower what would it be?:
The ability to snap my fingers to take me anywhere in the world.
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?:
Fish, I don't like the smell at all!
Funniest thing that has happened to me while working with kids:
I was asked if I still do gymnastics, I said "no not anymore". Another kid said, "Well of course not, gymnasts only do gymnastics until like 29 years old".

Lindsay

Xcel Team Director/Gymnastics Class/Team Instructor


Coaching experience: 14 years
Favorite quote to live by
"Do not take life too seriously, you will never get out alive".
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
an akita (Japanese bear hunting dog), my glasses, and a toothbrush
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to:
Donkey from Shrek
Why I love working at SSGA
My co-workers and students are the best!

Heather

Developmental Team Director/Gymnastics Class/Team Instructor


Coaching experience: 15 years
If you could have any superpower what would it be?:
Time travel because I love history
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to:
Tinkerbell
Why I love working at SSGA:
I love helping kids to grow as people, learners, and athletes!
Funniest thing that has happened to me while working with kids: I was having a serious moment with the level 4's on beam, and at the same time I went to move a festivus pole in the gym. Instead of moving, it flung back and smacked me in the face. Everyone was quite literally rolling on the floor laughing.

Alex

JO Administrative Assistant/Gymnastics Class/Team Instrcutor


Coaching experience: 10+ years
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
A friend, a desalinating water bottle, and a satellite radio.
The three words that best describe me:
Caring, competitive, and witty.
Why I love working at SSGA?
I love working at SSGA because I have a huge passion for gymnastics and I get to share that passion with excited students and fantastic coworkers.
Funniest thing that has happened to me while working with kids:
One time while I was coaching mini pre-team, one of my students told me she was "a really good gymna-sticker".

Nancy

Special Events Director/Gymnastics Class/Team Instructor


Coaching experience: 10+ years.
Favorite quote to live by: "Just keep swimming".
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Moana
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy? Bananas
What do I love about working with kids?
Their funny personalities.

Jill

Social Media Assistant/ Xcel and JO Coach/ Class Instructor


Coaching experience: 4 years.
Favorite quote to live by: "Do one thing everyday that scares you".
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Teleportation because I love to travel.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Matches/lighter, knife, and an endless supply of seltzer.
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Brussel sprouts.
Why I love working at SSGA
I love being able to share my knowledge and passion for gymnastics with kids everyday!

Jen

Gymnastics Class/Team Instructor


Coaching experience: 4 years
Favorite quote to live by: "What's stopping you?"
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
A huge blanket, a book that is worth reading 100 times, and my cat Sophie.
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Oysters...yuck!
Why I love working at SSGA?
You never know how your day is going to pan out, which makes it fun! I love working with kids and I love coaching gymnastics, AND I get to do it with some of my really good friends.
Funniest thing that has happened to me while working with kids: Walking backwards making sure I have my whole class and tripping over a mat...(has happened more than once!)

Eric

Gymnastics Class/Team Instructor


Coaching experience: 10 years
Favorite quote/slogan to live by: "Eliminate what helps you evolve".
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Time travel to visit other time periods to gain knowledge to help others.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Satellite phone, knife, and sunblock.
Funniest thing that has happened to me while working with kids: Being called Miss Eric.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Aladdin because my life feels like a magic carpet ride.
Why I love working at SSGA
Giving back to the kids

Lauren

Gymnastics Class/Xcel Team Instructor


Coaching experience: 5 years
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
My bible, my super comfy pillow, and my beach umbrella.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Mulan
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Lima Beans
Why I love working at SSGA
I love the sport of gymnastics! But I also love the sheer joy the spreads across a child's face when they accomplish something that they thought was impossible.

Sara

Team Instructor


Coaching experience: 15 years. I am also a gymnastics judge up to level 10.
Favorite quote to live by: "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think".
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Teleportation because I hate traffic!
The three words that best describe me: Spunky, hardworking, fair.
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Bad chocolate!
Why I love working at SSGA
Great kids to work with and a supportive staff!

Jodi

Gymnastics Class Instructor/Office Staff


Coaching experience: 26 years
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
A magic wand
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Tent, blanket, and pictures of my family.
The three words that best describe me: Easygoing, friendly, responsible.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to? Mrs. Potts
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Seafood
Why I love working at SSGA
I love teaching gymnastics and working with kids, and we have a great staff.

Gail

Office Staff


Favorite quote/slogan to live by:
"You can never excel unless you fail sometimes".
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Flying, you could save lots of money on airfare!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Water, volleyball, and makeup
The three words that best describe me: Outgoing, funny, and happy.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Cinderella before she met the prince!
Why I love working at SSGA
I have always liked interacting with people and I really love children!

Catherine

JO Ballet Teacher


Coaching Experience: 20 years
Classes taught: 
Zumba, LaBlast, Progressing ballet Technique. I have mostly taught Professional Dancers but have also taught ages 4-18 and privately coached many dancers. 
What do I love about working with kids?
I LOVE sharing my knowledge with children and and seeing their eyes light up when they make a correction. I LOVE watching them express themselves through movement and show what they are feeling without words.

Ryan

Ninja Teacher


If you could have any superpower what would it be?
The superpower to sleep while being awake.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Pancakes, bacon, syrup.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Shrek
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Sour cream
Why I love working at SSGA
I love the students and my coworkers here!

Alex M

Gymnastics Class Instructor


Coaching experience: 10 years
Favorite quote to live by: Enjoy every moment, life is too short".
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
A knife, lighter, and a fish net.
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Brussel sprouts
Why I love working at SSGA
I love interacting with kids and watching them overcome their fears.

Jenna

Gymnastics Class Teaching Assistant


Coaching experience: 4 years
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Bobo, bug spray, and a first aid kit.
The three words that best describe me: discombobulated, slightly funny, and short.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Wreck it Ralph
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Mashed potatoes
Why I love working at SSGA
I love gymnastics and working with kids.

Ava (Bobo)

Gymnastics Class Teaching Assistant


Coaching experience: 4 years
Favorite quote to live by: "Life is too short so smile while you still have teeth".
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Jenna, water, and food.
The three words that best describe me: Organized, slightly funny, and intelligent.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Stitch
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Pickles
Why I love working at SSGA
I love working with kids and they always make me laugh.

Paige

Gymnastics Class Teaching Assistant


Coaching Experience: 2 years
Favorite quote to live by: "Be strong when you are weak, brave when you are scared, and humble when you are victorious" - Gabby Douglas
If I had one superpower what would it be?
I would want to be able to fly because I would get places faster, save money on gas, and travel anywhere I wanted.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Food, water, and a friend or family member so I wouldn't be alone.
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Olives
Why I love working at SSGA
I love working at SSGA because I love seeing how the gymnast progresses in their skills and with the friends they make. I love the environment here, everyone is so nice and helpful. Everyone here is excited and enthusiastic about working with kids and the sport of gymnastics.

Jordan

Gymnastics Class and Pre-Team Assistant


Coaching experience: 1 year
Favorite quote to live by: "Today will always be better than yesterday".
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Chipotle, coffee, and a map.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Judy Hopps from Zootopia.
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Mayonaise
Why I love working at SSGA
I love working here because I get to help children and see them grow. I like to motivate them, and make them happy. I love seeing their happy and smiling faces!

Audrey

Instructional Class and Pre-Team Assistant


Coaching experience: 1 year
If you could have any superpower what would it be? Time travel; so I could solve humanitarian issues.
Funniest thing that has happened to me while working with kids: A little girl in my class had her leotard on backwards!
The three words that best describe me: Enthusiastic, hard working, and determined.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Joy from Inside Out.
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Eggs.
Why I love working at SSGA
I love seeing kids improve physically and mentally as they improve their character.

Kendall

Instructional Class Teaching Assistant


Coaching experience: 1 year
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Coffee, candy, and a blanket.
The three words that best describe me: Fun, loud, and crazy.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Moana
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Shrimp
Why I love working at SSGA
Everyone is so nice and friendly, and the gym is very clean.

Lulu

Gymnastics Class Teaching Assistant


Coaching experience: 2 years
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I would want to be able to fly, for the views and quick transportation.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to bring with you?
Sunscreen, a water purifier, and a knife.
Which Disney character's story does your life most relate to?
Squirt, the turtle from Finding Nemo
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Yogurt
Why I love working at SSGA:
I love working at SSGA because I get to help children advance in gymnastics and fall in love with the sport, just as I did.

Sophie

Gymnastics Class Teaching Assistant


My Education: Highschool Student
Levels taught:
Teaching Assistant for Preschool Classes and Pre-Team
Competitive Success:
JO Team
Favorite Event to Teach
My favorite event to teach is Floor
What do I love about working with kids?
I love how fun kids are! They make me laugh.

Kaitlyn

Gymnastics Class Instructor/Team Assistant


My Education:
College Sophmore
My Coaching info:
5+ yrs
Levels taught:
Preschool, classes, JO Level 3
Competitive Success:
Qualified to TOPS Testing
Favorite Event to Teach
My favorite event to teach is Floor.
What do I love about working with kids?
I love being able to teach the kids all the things I have learned and seeing them love the sport.

Liz

Gymnastics Class Instructor


My Education:
-UNH Gymnast
My Coaching info:
5+ yrs
Levels taught:
Preschool, School Age Classes, Xcel Team
Competitive Success:
Current UNH Gymnast
Favorite Event to Teach
My favorite events to teach are Vault and Floor.
What do I love about working with kids?
Seeing the excitement on their faces when they get a new skill or accomplish their goals.

Caroline

Gymnastics Class Instructor


My Education:
College Freshman
My Coaching info:
5+ yrs
Levels taught:
Preschool classes, School Age Classes, Xcel Team.
Competitive Success:
Competed in USAG JO Gymnastics, Qualified \ Won Regionals, 2012.
Favorite Event to Teach
My favorite event to teach is Floor.
What do I love about working with kids?
Watching the kids grow and develop into ambitious young gymnasts.

Jessie

Gymnastics Class Instructor


My Education: College Freshman
My Coaching info:
5+ yrs
Levels taught:
Preschool classes, School Age Classes, Xcel Team.
Competitive Success:
Competed in USAG JO Gymnastics through Level 9
Favorite Event to Teach
My favorite event to teach is Vault.
What do I love about working with kids?
I like helping kids have fun while staying healthy and maintaining a positive attitude!

Sneakers

CUTEST KITTY EVER!/SSGA MASCOT


My Hobbies:
Sleeping, Eating feathers, playing with anything that walks by me.
My role at SSGA:
Greet all the students so that I get a pat from each and every one of them.
Favorite thing about the gym
My favorite thing about coming to the gym is wanting the attention from the students! Oh and sleeping in the sunshine on the window sill...on my blankie!
What do I love about working with kids?
All the attention I get ! (because we know it is me they are coming to see).

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