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Hey there! I am Joshua Roberts or as most know me, JRob! I am super excited for our THIRD year of the Homeschool PE program! I am excited to announce to be adding so many more classes and programs this year! I have been a gymnastics coach for 7 years with a speciality in bodyweight strength & conditioning. Over the last 4 years I have started teaching and training AcroYoga/Acrobatics and other Circus Arts, and I'm obsessed! One thing that I have learned over the past 7 years is that anyone and everyone is capable of learning something new, no matter your age or experience level! So come on out and step out of your box and try something different. You WON'T regret it!
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My name is Nicholas Stevens and I am the Kids' Circus Teacher and Manager. I was invited by a friend who worked at GymFit to check it out to see if I wanted to get a membership. I was told it was kids' night just to "warn me" that there will be a lot of kids. From the second I walked in, I knew I had to work here. I love helping other people smile, especially kids, so I knew a job where I can do that everyday would be perfect for me. Now that I have learned multiple disciplines and have a passion to help the
kids grow, I teach the kids' circus class. They will often be discouraged and say "I can't do it!" When they say this, I tell them "it's not that you can't do it, you just haven't done it yet!" Watching them transition from, "I can't..." to, "Look, I did it!" is the best feeling in the world. Through working and attending GymFit I have learned that failure is natural and not be so hard on myself. That is what I try to pass on. Learning skills is amazing, but being able to go from a place to where I was falling, or not reaching a goal, to being able to succeed, is a great feeling. The only feeling greater is when I get to help someone else reach their goal.
Kathy Rumfellow works as Gymfit’s Secretary Administrator and as our Music Director. She was introduced to Gymfit through her son David's involvement in gymnastics with Coach Josh. (David now teaches in our homeschool PE program and evening classes.) Kathy is excited to bring her profession as a musician and her love of all things music to our camp, homeschool, and Gymfit evening programs. She plays piano and violin and teaches private lessons on both instruments along with beginning voice lessons as well. Her experience includes: working as a music therapist with different client populations; traveling all over the world with orchestras and music ministries; leading children's choirs and youth praise and worship bands; and teaching music theory, piano class, violin class and chapel band at the Berean Homeschool Co-Op for several years. Kathy has also been involved with musical theater most of her life as well and is currently on staff as pianist for CYT (Christian Youth Theater). She is excited to incorporate music into the performing arts component of Gymfit!
Camp Director/Homeschool PE Tutor
Michelle Griswold is a Baton Rouge native. She earned an Associates degree at Oregon Bible College before attending LSU where she studied both business and fine arts. Her three children grew up attending the Berean Homeschool Co-op which she founded in 2004 and still directs. Her oldest son is at LSU, her daughter competes on the gymnastics team at Lindenwood University in Missouri, and her youngest son studies classical piano at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Michelle also taught at an athletic academy and was a Classical Conversations tutor and tutor trainer. She and her children have been active in Christian Youth Theater where she taught acting and theater tech classes and picked up the skill of stage managing. She now stage manages for other area theaters as well.
David has been active in theater for many years. Most recently he had a principal role in Newsies at Theatre Baton Rouge, and has performed in nine CYT musicals, most notably as LeFou in Beauty and the Beast. David is interested in parkour, free running, acrobatics and barbershop quartets. He has also performed in several other local productions, most notably Justin Rayna's staged reading of Legend City, A New Musical, and Intensify! Currently, in addition to instructing our trampoline and tricking class, David is one of our camp staff and a coach for GymFit's Homeschool PE program. He also occasionally performs with Bayou Cirque. David would like his future to continue to include some kind of musical theater or acrobatic performance opportunities.
Hi there! If we haven't already met, my name is Erik Otts. I'm a passionate student and teacher of many flavors of physical movement. Though I am Baton Rouge born and raised, I would venture to say that I and my fellow colleagues aren't your typical Red Stick fitness coaches. We hope that you will join us here at GymfitBR, and that you will find your own passion in movement as we have found ours!