She currently runs our performance team
At the age of 8, Karen’s mother saw a little girl "flipping" around the neighborhood and not being too familiar with the sport of gymnastics, decided to enroll her at the local YMCA. At that time, gymnastics was not by "Levels", but rather, by "Classes". By age 11, she was the Class III State Champion. Age 12, Class II State Champion. At 12 (based on the suggestion of her coach), she changed gyms and competed Level 10 (that was when gymnastics changed from "Classes" to "Levels"). Karen was fortunate to be a multiple year National Qualifier allowing her to travel within the US and train at Bela Karoyli's gym (for a summer camp). BUT, as much as she loved gymnastics (even as a child), she always preferred to coach or doing group performances (her greatest memory is doing a performance with Olympian Carl Lewis for Nike). Admittedly, she was not always the best "competitor"...her nerves usually got the better of her. And if truth is to be told, she probably only really liked competing because she got to make a lot of friends from other states (to whom she was pen pals with). By the time she was in high school, she was lucky enough to be on a gymnastics team that promoted team work, hard work and dedication, but still focusing on the fact that gymnastics was supposed to be FUN. Karen’s HS team, during her tenure, placed 3rd at State 3 of the 4 years that she was on the team and a State Qualifier each year (except for her Freshman year due to an illness). Her HS team was inducted in the IHSA Hall of Fame in 2010.
She has one daughter (that competed Level 8) who also did Varsity Cheerleading in high school. She is married to Richie and they have 2 rescue dogs: Banks and Lucy. In her spare time, she loves travelling, hanging out with Richie, as well as anything creative (hence, why she started my T-shirt business and does most of the spirit wear in the gym). Although she has a bachelor’s in criminal justice degree from Columbia College, gymnastics is her one of my strongest passions. Her coaching style is to teach strong fundamental gymnastics, while making sure the kids are having a blast. That's what gymnastics is all about!
Boys Team and Class Instructor
Colleen currently coaches our Xcel Gold and Level 5 & 6 Teams
Colleen was a level 9/10 gymnast until she finally quit gymnastics when she was 24.
She has been coaching since 2008, and is a welcomed addition to the Cary Gymnastics Family!
Girls USAG Team Coach
She currently coaches High School Tumbling, Power Tumbling
She grew up as a competitive gymnast and cheerleader. Throughout high school she was involved in competitive cheerleading but worked as a competitive gymnastics coach since the age of 15. Graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's in Mathematics. Continued her education at Northern Illinois University to receive a bachelor's in Secondary Education. Most current endorsement from the University of St. Francis was in Special Education.
Currently works as a high school special education and math teacher at Cary Grove High School. She is also the Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach
She Currently coaches our optional girls team gymnastics as well as
individual high school gymnastics and high school tumbling
She was a gymnast from ages 6-14 and ended her career as a competitive level 9 gymnast.
She also took ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop throughout my life. She was involved in varsity cheerleading and Varsity poms in high school.
She is a licensed cosmetologist and cosmetology instructor.
And a yoga enthusiast looking to start teaching classes as soon as she's certified
Pre K Class Instructor
Performance Team Coach Aerial Arts Coach
We are happy to announce Coach Leela (formally of Elite Kids & HGA) will be joining our coaching staff to help our very popular performance team! Her background includes gymnastics, dance, and theater. She has intensive training in Hula Hoops, Lyra, and Contortion.
Boys Team Head Coach
Boys class Director
She is currently coaches our girl Xcel Silver team
Stephanie was a gymnast from the age of 5-18. She Finished her career as a level 9 varsity gymnast at Fremd High School
She started coaching at 19 at U of Iowa rec program. She has been coaching for at least 10 years.
Along with coaching at Cary Gym she is currently the English Department Chair at Wauconda High School.
Preschool Class Instructor
Miss Cayla (Formally from Elite Kids and HGA) has a deep passion for kids and believes every child is a champion in their own beautiful way!
With over 15 years of coaching experience from Washington, California, and now Illinois, she has found her love in coaching and specializes in preschool gymnastics and tumbling !
Preschool and Dance Class Instructor
We are over the Moon proud to announce that Coach Molly (formally from Elite Kids and HGA) will be joining our already amazing preschool gymnastics staff. Molly has an extensive background in dance and while following that passion she came across her love of teaching little ones gymnastics. She has been teaching preschool gymnastics for over 5 years and hopes to keep teaching for many more years to come.
She currently works in our front office
She is married and is raising three children Tiffany (18), Alexa (15) and Nate (10). Her children have had the opportunity to grow up in the gym and love it as much as she does. They continue to tumble today.
Michelle has a BS in Communication and Psychology from Illinois State University. Her background consists of dance, cheerleading, and gymnastics. She coached cheerleading for the Cary Jr. Trojans for 10+ years. Her professional experience includes Walt Disney World, Woodfield Associates and Baxter Heslthcare.
During her time at Cary Gymnastics Center, Michelle has served in various roles. She has coached and directed our preschool program, coached our recreation program, provided private lessons and currently manages the office. Her love for children and Cary as a community is what makes her successful in this position.
She is currently coaches our girl xcel team
She has been apart of Cary Gymnastics since she was 2. She attended classes and was on team growing up. Bailey Coached our xcel Gold team last year adding a state banner to the gym.
Cary Gymnastics Coaching Staff
Pre K Class Instructor
Coach Ashley A
Coach Kathie Gebhardt
head team coach/team manager
National Associated Women’s Gymnastics Judge-National Rating
Board member of NAWGJ for 8 years
Judges Cup Chair for 2 years
Illinois Women’s Gym Committee-Secretary-6 years to present
Clinician at the Regional Training Camps and Illinois Congress for 8 years
Judged at the Secret Classic Elite meet for 3 years
Attended National, Regional, and State Congress
Judging Gymnastics for 27 years
Coaching Gymnastics for 38 years