Rising Starz Gymnastics and Fitness Staff
All of our lead staff are members of USA Gymnastics and have passed a background check. Our lead staff are also First-Aid/CPR certified and USAG safety certified. Our staff continues their education through in-house training as well as ongoing USA Gymnastics training.
Sarah Gross - Owner/Lead Teacher/Team Director
Sarah started teaching gymnastics in 1999. Since then she has coached a variety of different ages and levels ranging from 18 months to adult, preschool and recreational children, as well as competitive gymnastics. Sarah is a USA Gymnastics professional member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certified, and CPR/First Aid Certified. She graduated from Aquinas College in 2006 with a BA in General Education. "My goal is to provide the BEST for the kids that we teach through planning, training and enthusiastic teaching! I believe Rising Starz Fitness sets the bar high in West Michigan for teaching movement education, nutrition and gymnastics to its youth!"
Mo Kragt - Lead Teacher/Mobile Preschool Director/Team
Ms. Mo has been with Rising Starz since day one! Before teaching with Rising Starz, Ms. Mo spent years teaching dance and running an at home child care program. In the last year she has also taken on the role as Mobile Preschool Director and works closely with our staff in our mobile program and in lesson plan development. Rising Starz Fitness is very blessed to have Mo's great teaching ability, patience and love for kids!
Allison Tran - Lead Teacher/Team
Miss Ali just started with Rising Starz in March 2012, but she has TONS of background in gymnastics and sports! Miss. Ali was a competitive gymnast growing up and while attending Grand Valley State University competed in track and field. She has lots of teaching experience and we are very excited to have her as a part of the Rising Starz Family!
Nadine Nowicki - Lead Teacher/Team
Ms. Nadine started with us in 2012 with the start of our Team program. Nadine competed in the Junior Olympic Gymnastics program during her youth, then went on to compete for Western Michigan University during her college career and coach years of high school gymnastics as well as recreational and preschool gymnastics. We are very excited and blessed to have Nadine apart of our team and Rising Starz Family!
Danielle Macqueen - Team
Miss Danielle started with Rising Starz in 2009 and works with our Fun Team program and our mobile program. She also just graduated with her teaching degree from Grand Valley State University and will be teaching at OLC in Rockford this coming fall. Miss Danielle is a huge part of our team and her love and passion for kids is a shining example of what Rising Starz is all about!
Renee Scogg - Assistant Teacher
Ms. Renee started with Rising Starz in 2014 as an assistant teacher in our mobile program. She comes to us with many years on the parent side with 3 girls who were very involved in gymnastics from competitive Junior Olympic to high school gymnastics. We are very excited to have Ms. Renee as part of our teaching staff!