I am the owner of JGNW. My gymnastics journey started at birth. That is because my mother owns a gymnastics school in PA that was open before I was born. I did gymnastics through my entire grade school life. I reached the highest level and was the best in PA my senior year in 1994. I then competed for the 2 years I went to college at James Madison University, in Virginia from 1995-96. I spent the next 9 years in charge of our PA team from 96- 2005. At our PA gym I helped many kids compete in the highest levels of competition all around the country and many went on to compete in college.
In 2005 I decided I wanted to explore the country. I left PA and headed west. I worked for a short time in Colorado before moving to Portland and taking up coaching in Vancouver. From 2005- 12 I worked in different gyms from Washington to Salem. I worked in many great NW gyms and learned a lot about how west gymnastics differs from east.
In 2012 I made one of the best decisions of my life. In the summer of 2013, we opened JGNW. The past years of owning JGNW have been the best! To be a positive force in lives of children in Wilsonville and surrounding communities has been the greatest reward for me. My wife and I (Amanda) love the Northwest and although, at times, miss our direct families back in PA we have found such great families through JGNW to be a part of ours that we feel truly at home. Thank you so much for making your family a part of ours!
I am Assistant Owner and Team Gymnastics Coach at JGNW. Gymnastics has been a part of my life since I began flipping in the grass of my childhood home and then my parents enrolled me in class at age 8.5. I loved the commitment, dedication, and hard work that the support depends from the very start. My favorite event was always the uneven bars! At age 14 I transferred clubs and as destiny would have, landed at Jewart’s Gymnastics in PA. At Jewart’s I competed 4 years of level 9 gymnastics, coached recreational gymnastics, operated birthday parties for young gymnasts and found my second family.
I walked on to the Division I Kent State Gymnastics team and participated in collegiate gymnastics from 2000-2003. I received my BS in Early Childhood Education and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver & Portland State University. All along my journey, I coached gymnastics in Ohio, Colorado and then Oregon. Being in the gym first as a gymnast and later as a coach has always made me feel grounded, inspired and connected!
In 2013, having the opportunity to be by Ben’s side and support him in opening Jewart’s Gymnastics NW was a dream come true. Each day, in partnership with my husband, I have the gift of coaching children in the sport that I have loved all my life - could not ask for much more than that. I am filled with gratitude for how JGNW impacts my life and our family daily. In my second life I am the program coordinator at Siemens Child Development Center (previously Mentor Graphics). You can see that children and supporting childhood for youth is a mission for myself and Ben in all that we do!
Hello I am Destiny. I have had so much fun teaching at Jewart's gymnastic NW over the years. I took gymnastics for a few years starting as a young child. I then explored some other sports. I found competitive cheerleading/ tumbling, and I was a competitive cheerleader for seven years.
I went to Oregon State University where I graduated with a bachelors in exercise and sport science. I am excited to continue to learn about gymnastics while bring my passion for fitness and background with cheer/tumbling to my teaching. The best part of teaching gymnastic is I get to not only teach these kids new skill but, I also get to see them build friendships, confidence and strength. I cannot wait to see what these gymnasts will accomplish.