Happy Gymnastics is here to celebrate the pure joy of preschool gymnastics.
Happy Gym strives to create super fun stations grounded in a deep understanding of both how children learn and gymnastics progressions. Then we add in a touch of whimsy to keep it interesting and unique.
In my experience, people underestimate the revenue powerhouse preschool should be. But if you have a class that looks easy, I know it means you’re doing it at the highest level. Most of our kiddos won’t make it to team, and I love that. That’s what makes preschool gymnastics more important than it’s ever been. We teach them the skills they aren’t getting in other places. Lets celebrate our preschool kiddos because we know they are there purely for love of sport (and the pit!).
I’ve been in gyms my whole life. As a coach, parent, business owner, and child development expert, I have an understanding of preschool gymnastics many don’t. The only goal is to serve our tiny gymnasts at the highest level.
I have over 20 years of experience as a gymnast & director, in addition to five years as a Kindergarten classroom teacher. For the cherry on top, I earned my Masters in Educational Psychology. I have a thriving mobile gymnastics program as well. Most recently, I have had the honor of speaking at various USA Gymnastics events, including National Congress. Preschool gymnastics is my jam.
How’d I Get Started In All This?
I started when I was 5 years old. I felt at home (stinky sock smell and all!) the first time I went to a gym. I gave my mom a thumbs up. She gave me one back. I remember it vividly.
A shy kid from Bolton, Ontario, gymnastics showed me that I loved performing. And I was good at it. By the time I left Bolton, I was a level 8 gymnast, having competed for 7 years.
My family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where I competed for 3 more years, finally ending at Level 9. At around this time, I found a niche in power tumbling a new sport that was just gaining traction at a perfect time in my career. It was fast and much easier on my aching body. Plus, I hated bars ;)
Following my competing in Canadian Nationals and World Age Groups for power tumbling, I started coaching preschool. I loved preschool immediately and it came naturally to me. I would coach until I graduated from the University of Kansas.
After graduation, I started managing programs as the Preschool Director. I still had some wild oats to sow, so I moved to Christchurch New Zealand, then Chicago Illinois, both for preschool director jobs.
After Chicago, moved to Denver, got a teaching certificate and spent 5 years as a kindergarten teacher in a title I school. 80% of my kids spoke English as a second language. It was here where I really began to gain a technical understanding of how children’s brains worked. I didn’t forget about my gym background though. My classroom was focused on creativity and tons of movement.
At the same time in Denver, my hubs and I whirlwinded buying a house, getting married, then starting our growing family. We have two little girls and we are...growing. I earned my Masters degree in Educational Psychology in 2015. We’re not ones to sit still for long!
How Happy Gym Started
I can walk into any gym and immediately recognize ways to grow the program. It is both annoying and wonderful.
As any former gymnast does, I began looking for preschool gym classes for my own kids (because of course they’re going to be gymnasts!). As I visited gyms I got the idea that there was still room to do things differently. Deep down, I knew my time in the classroom was coming to an end. I was ready for a new challenge outside the parameters of Title 1 public education.
I wanted more time with my kids to watch them grow and explore. I felt like my life was living me, not the other way around. I knew I could serve kids in a different way, but didn’t know what that was going to look like.
Lightbulb moment! Happy Gymnastics is my perfect storm. It combines my background, my time in the gym, being a director, and all of the formal learning I gained as a classroom teacher and Master’s student. Put all of that knowledge, experience and creativity into a blender...and voila! Happy Gymnastics: your spot for whimsically creative preschool stuff. I hope you like it.
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I have found the lesson plans to be a great success so far! We have been using the plans for two weeks now and my classes are already so much more engaged. I have gotten a lot of compliments from my Parent/Tot students so far, also. I can't wait to see how they help to build our program! I love your site and your materials... they are absolutely gorgeous!"
Dallas, Keystone Gymnastics Academy, Pennsylvania
Thanks, Sarah! I think your lesson plans are amazing. I love that they are so bright and colorful and having the pictures is so much nicer than a drawing with shapes.”
Diane, Ohio Sports Academy