They are committed to the development of the whole gymnast. In addition to their passion for the sport, they bring years of experience and training in coaching techniques and approaches to connecting with the girls. They are dedicated to creating a positive training environment that seeks to bring out the best in all of their athletes.
gymnastics program director and optional team coach
Denise has been involved with the sport of gymnastics for most of her life. She began coaching right out of high school and knew it was the career path for her almost immediately. Her coaching experience started in Southern California with the gym that she competed for. At this gym, she coached pre-school gymnastics, recreational gymnastics, cheer classes, tumbling, did birthday parties and started with competitive coaching after a few years.
Since then she has moved on to run and direct her own developmental program, and compulsory program. She is now Westside's girl's team director and head coach for the optional teams.
Optional Team director
After doing his "basic training" at gyms in Washington State, Drew advanced to the gymnastics program at the University of Washington at Seattle. While at UW, he competed in three collegiate club national championships as an elite level gymnast, winning team gold and silver medals.
Drew has always been drawn to individual sports such as gymnastics, martial arts and rock climbing, so becoming a gymnastics coach was a natural evolution for him. During his coaching career, he has coached several state, regional and national championship medalists. From Drew's perspective, gymnastics training is more than just a mechanism for learning gymnastics; it is a path to greater understanding of human psychology and relationships. It also can lead to lasting friendships such as the one shared between Drew and his former student, Olympic medalist Brett McClure.
When he is not coaching, Drew can be seen and heard performing in his highly acclaimed rock band, Careen, for which he is singer, frontman and songwriter.
OPTIONAL TEAM COACH
Jenie is a gymnast/coach who started off here in a parent/child class when she was only two years old. She grew up here and is bonded to Westside. Jenie was a level nine for four years. She then decided to continue her career by working here as her first job. She loved it so much, she's been here ever since!
Jenie also participated in gymnastics in college at the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a degree in Architecture.
COMPULSORY TEAM DIRECTOR
Susan started her coaching career in Oregon in 2006. She began as Pre-Team/Level 4/5/6 Assistant Compulsory Coach and progressed to her current position as Level 3/4/5 Compulsory Team Director and Head Coach. She also coaches Level 6 gymnasts during the optional competition season.
Susan’s unrelenting love for gymnastics keeps her motivated daily. Her passion to educate facilitates an ambitious environment where young athletes are expected to thrive. Susan strives daily to create an efficient physical environment while promoting confident, successful, healthy mindsets.
Her love of the sport emerged at an early age. The continuing evolution of the sport keeps her spirited. The ever-challenging nature of social and educational ideologies/advancements within the profession continuously drives her to be a better coach than she was just yesterday.
COMPULSORY TEAM COACH
Gymnastics has always been a large part of my families life. After school every day, I had gymnastics or dance for 13 years. Competing for 9 years, I had the privilege of being a 3 time Regional qualifier, and also achieved many placements. I started coaching for my mother's business at Sunburst Gymnastics Center at 15, and am working on my 10th year of coaching.
It is a blessing being able to work with children every day, and steering them towards a healthy life style, a positive attitude, and setting goals for their future.
accelerated gymnastics program director
Jane Jordan studied gymnastics and dance here at Westside. She is married and has two daughters. Kelsie, studied dance and Acrobatics at Westside and was a member of the Performing Company. Rachel, focused on gymnastics and was a member of Westside's Level 8 Team.
Jane has been on staff at Westside Academy since 1996 and has taught preschool, gymnastics, dance and acrobatics. She currently teaches Kids-N-Motion classes and is the Director of the Girls Accelerated Gymnastics Program.
Jane loves teaching young children and sharing her passion for gymnastics and dance with her students.
recreational gymnastics director
Jenni has been involved with the sport of gymnastics since the age of five, training recreationally, and then competitively before moving on to coaching. She has taught gymnastics for the past 18 years and her experience ranges from preschool aged children trough the girl’s team levels. She is also an avid dancer and holds a bachelor of arts in Dance from the University of Maryland.
Jenni has been a part of the Westside family since 2008, teaching gymnastics, dance and acro, as well as choreographing floor routines and working behind the scenes in an administrative capacity. Westside has become a second home and Jenni is excited to continue to work for this program that allows each child to reach their highest potential in all areas of life.
When not at the gym, Jenni enjoys reading, game night, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.