We know that the quality of the instructors makes a difference in your child’s experience. Over the years we have interviewed hundreds of highly-qualified, energetic & patient instructors, and have selected only the finest. We are confident that your child will look forward to spending time with all of our instructors at any level! Our 40-year reputation has been built one child at a time and we intend to keep it that way! Want to meet our instructors before you make a commitment? Stop by the facility and say “Hi” to them.
Jamie was a member of the Illinois State Gymnastic Championship and Record Breaking Team and was an Elite All American Gymnast. He received a B.S. in Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire where he was a Div 1 NCAA diver. Jamie is a MA Licensed Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer and has earned an MBA. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with kids and teaching/coaching gymnastics since the early 90’s.
Eric has vast experience in gymnastics and wrestling, including 4 yrs as a Div 1 athlete at Northern Illinois University and was the Illinois Gymnastic Conference Champion. His enthusiastic love for teaching/coaching kids evolved while completing his degree in Phys Ed., coaching at summer camps & local kids athletic clubs, teaching tumbling at the IL Motor Development Research Lab, and leading his church youth group.
Melissa has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for most of her life. During that time frame she has done it all; coached, instructed, managed, directed, etc. Her lifelong passions have always been figure skating and gymnastics. Little known fact: she competed against Nancy Kerrigan when she was 6 yrs old, and won. She earned her BA in Psychology from Regis College and her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from UMASS Lowell, after which she taught in the public school system. Melissa is married with four children, of whom 2 compete on the GAB Team.
Gymnastic Instructor / Team Coach
Rebecca loves fitness, through and through. Along with gymnastics, she is also a Crossfit L1 trainer and enjoys distance races such as the Spartan Race and Tough Mudder. After competing heavily in gymnastics throughout her childhood she attended Cornell University where she received her BS. After working in engineering 6 yrs she has fully transitioned back into the sport of her youth. She loves working with kids and helping them excel athletically.
Lindsay was an avid gymnast growing up and competed through high school. Notably, she used to be able to walk down a flight of stairs on her hands (she probably still can but is wary of trying). She has an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont and recently earned an M.F.A. in nonfiction creative writing from Emerson College. She has two daughters and is thrilled to be at GAB using her teaching expertise to help gymnasts reach their peak potential!
Mary has spent most of her life in gymnastics and professional dance training. After earning her Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education at Mount Wachusett Community College, she went on to teach Pre-school and Kindergarten classes. GAB allows her to combine her appreciation for gymnastics and dance with her love of teaching children.
Robert grew up in Acton and loves teaching kids and coaching gymnastics. He is passionate about helping them learn new skills and advance in their athletic abilities. Rob received a Bachelor of Science: Kinesiology from Fitchburg State University. In his off-time he enjoys playing soccer and going to the beach. Robert is bilingual in English and Mandarin
Tracy originally hails from the great State of Wisconsin where she was a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Women’s Gymnastic Team, and received her BS in Health & Human Performance with an emphasis in Recreation. She has vast experience teaching gymnastics from the youngest recreational athletes up to the collegiate level. She loves working with kids and is the proud mother of Ellie & Aaron.
Dev, also a long-time Acton resident, comes with enthusiasm and lots of energy. He loves educating kids, which is why he studied Elementary Education at Framingham State University where he earned his BA. In his free time, Dev likes to draw/sketch, hike, read a good book, and spend quality time with his three dogs.
Alisa has been involved in gymnastics at GAB for most of her life, as a competitive athlete, coach and manager. With over 15 years of experience she brings expertise and maturity to our weekend staff. Alisa received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Fitchburg State University and formerly worked as a clinician at HealthSouth before transiting to full-time here at GAB.
Gymnastic Instructor / Team Coach
Leah is excited to be using her coaching expertise at GAB! Leah recently earned a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy & currently works as a physical therapist by day and gymnastic coach by night. She loves to dance & has a blast choreographing the team floor routines. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with family/fiends, working out, & playing with her cat.
Christine is a Certified Personal Trainer and has been involved in athletics all her life. She excels in teaching our active ninja and preschool classes. Christine was a sprinter for almost 20 years, and competed, trained and taught in the highest levels of dressage. For the past 13 years she has been coaching Track & Field to kids of all ages. Christine has a Master of Science from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and is bilingual in German and English.