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My name is Denise Trujillo and I am the Owner/Director of Stretch-n-Grow of the East Valley. I have worked with children in several different capacities for over 25 years,. My experience includes working as a nanny, teaching children's art classes, working with special needs children and teaching children's fitness and nutrition.
I became the owner and director of Stretch-n-Grow of the East Valley at the end of 2013, and has been passionate about fighting the growing epidemic of childhood obesity ever since. Previous to this I had worked as a circuit trainer at a women's fitness club and taught weight loss and nutrition classes for adults.
I am a certified Youth Fitness Instructor, and am educated in exercise for young children, I am also certified in CPR and First Aid and Caregiver qualified by the state of Arizona. My coaching staff and I are continually educated in motor development exercise and nutrition education for young children.
I have genuine love for children and am dedicated to improving the quality of life for future generations.
My name is Andrea and I have been dancing since I was 5 years old, primarily in ballet and contemporary. I graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Dance in 1998. I previously owned and operated a Dance Fitness studio in Mesa, Arizona, from 1997 until 2002. I also taught dance as a volunteer at Eastlake Park Recreation in Phoenix, and with Open Dance, an after-school dance program for under-served children, in 2002 through 2004. I trained extensively in mat pilates, yoga based stretch programs, tumbling, conditioning and kinesiology, as well as other cross training throughout the last 15 years. Currently I teach All Star Gymnastics with Stretch-n-Grow.
Coach Heather is a Deaf educator with a background in health and wellness. She has over 25 years of teaching experience working with infants to geriatrics in a variety of settings. Despite her hearing loss, She studied ballet for 20 years and classical ballroom for 5.
Coach Heather has a passion for fitness, music and helping the next generations learn to love and care for themselves. She believes that everyone is capable of achieving their dreams.. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs and 3 cats, mountain biking, cooking healthy foods, camping, and playing the drums and the bass guitar. At stretch n grow, Heather teaches Cardio Drumming, Dance Stars, and Fitness Stars.
My name is coach Tom. I love the outside world, camping, fishing, and sports like football and basketball. I also love to teach kids how to play sports and to stay hydrated but most of all to have a smile and have fun with all of it. So I hope I can be a coach that kids will love. I teach All Star Sports and Fitness Stars with Stretch-n-Grow
My name is Taylor and I am currently a yoga instructor with Stretch-n-Grow. I have been a dancer since I was 3 years old. I currently dance on my school's dance and pom team along with being a part of the Aces Worlds Dance Team. I began teaching kids yoga when I was 14
years old and became a certified 200 hour RYS Yoga Alliance instructor when I was 15. I also received extra training in yoga for athletes. Being a dancer my entire life Injury prevention in athletes is a passion of mine. I love working with the kids and watching their confidence grow
through the flows and affirmations we work on from week to week. My desire is to teach the kids the foundations of yoga so that they will continue their practice as they grow and mature. I teach Yoga Stars with Stretch-n-Grow.
My name is Shantil and I have been in either dance classes or gymnastics since middle school. My very first job as a 16 year old was coaching gymnastics, and I moved on from there to go teach surfing for a summer at Camp Surf after high school. I went in a different direction for a bit stepping away from dance before becoming a mother myself to two beautiful children (one boy and one girl) that I have been able to stay at home and raise for the last 4 years. I am so excited to be back at my roots in dance and gymnastics coaching new little ones on how to safely have fun dancing and tumbling around! I teach Dance Stars and All Star Gymnastics.
Taylor has loved the arts since she was a child. She has eighteen years of dance training, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, clogging, hip hop, musical theater, and swing. Taylor graduated from Red Mountain High School in 2019 and was a four year All State Show Choir member. She has performed in and choreographed many musical productions, including Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Mary Poppins, and Newsies. Taylor has an Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Mesa Community College and is continuing her education online at Brigham Young University. Taylor has been teaching dance for four years and loves passing on her passion for the arts to the rising generation. In October of 2020, Taylor married her high school sweetheart and they are now living in Gilbert, Arizona. Coach Taylor teaches Dance Stars and Yoga Stars with Stretch--n-Grow
Hi there! My name is Kassie, I’m a full time yoga and fitness instructor. I absolutely love what I do and believe in the amazing benefits that yoga brings into someone’s life. I’ve been practicing for several years and have developed a deeper connection with myself through the process. I am inspired to help teach children this amazing practice early on so they know they can always find peace within themselves. I currently teach Yoga Stars with Stretch--n-Grow
Hi my name is Charalene. I love to do Yoga to deeply stretch & relax my body and mind. I love to dance to bring happiness to my soul & rejuvenation to my spirit. I love to do fitness as a way to discipline my energy and strengthen my body. My teaching style has always been to cultivate true connections with my students and to elicit true inspiration in the lives of others, especially the youth I support. I am charismatic & nurturing. I promise a fun, lively and welcoming class atmosphere. I currently teach Music Stars, Fitness Stars and Yoga Stars with Stretch-n-Grow.
Hi my name is Robbi . I’m a native to Phoenix Az. I’ve been blessed to be married to my best friend Nathan for 20yrs. We have an amazing 18 yr old daughter.
I’ve been working with children for 25+ years. Including taking care of my own nephews and nieces and I am currently taking care of their children. I’ve been a Sunday School teacher of different age groups. I was a live in nanny, and have nannied for a few different families. I’ve also been a worship (music) leader for youth groups at a few churches in Phoenix.
God, my family, music, and fitness are my life.
I just recently got my YFS certification and I’m very excited to be part of the Stretch-n-Grow family. I teach Music Stars and Dance Stars.
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