Coach Denise, Owner/Director

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.

Coach Andi (Andrea)

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 Tilly (Shantil)

 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.

Coach Tom

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

Coach Kara

 Hi! I’m Coach Kara! I grew up in Arizona and love it here. I come from a big family, so I love loud and organized chaos. I attended MCC and ASU with receiving my degree in Family and Child Development. I have a love for kids and have experience teaching them in many different capacities. I love being silly, playing games, wiggling, and having fun with my students. I have a passion for loving life and helping others. Donating my time and efforts to my community and church has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I love teaching kids from a young age because I know that the first few years of a child’s life are the most crucial for connection and nurturing. When I’m not coaching, you’ll see me running, playing board games with my family, or making chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen.  I teach Music Stars with Stretch-n-Grow.

Coach Melissa

 Hi everyone, I’m Melissa! I’m 23,  born and raised in chandler, currently working as a personal trainer and nutritionist as well as Music Stars and Fitness Stars/Camp Fit Coach with Stretch-n-Grow.  I am very excited to get to know all of you and your kiddos!

Coach Cecilia

Hi! My name is Miss Cecilia and I teach both Yoga Stars and Dance Stars classes! I am a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher and have a background in dance, musical theatre, and aerial arts. I have been performing since I was little and am so thrilled to teach and be a part of these kids’ dance and/or yoga journey. I am extremely passionate about helping others connect with their bodies while finding movement that feels good for them! I am so excited to meet you & your little ones so we can start moving & grooving! 

Coach Kelsey

 Kelsey is a yoga and dance instructor for Stretch-n-Grow in the East Valley.  She is passionate about teaching and has been a colorguard instructor for local schools since 2014. Kelsey started dancing when she was old enough to walk, and has been invested in the arts ever since! With training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary dance styles, she creates diverse and fun routines for her students. Kelsey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from ASU and loves animals, so you might see kids pretending to be bears or dogs as they participate in her yoga classes. Kelsey is thrilled to be a part of the Stretch-n-Grow team and provide enriching and creative exercises for students.  

Coach Caleb

Hi! I’m Coach Caleb. I was born in Staten Island, NYC, but raised in Queen Creek Arizona. I am currently a pre-health student at ASU studying Neuroscience. I am currently a Fitness and Gymnastics coach at Stretch-n-Grow. When I’m not working, I love to do research at the Mayo Clinic and at ASU as well as volunteer with children at my church and in clubs. I also love going to the gym, playing basketball, hanging out with my friends, traveling, fashion, and cooking. I am super stoked to be a Coach! 

Coach Jasmine

   My name is Ms. Jasmine! I’m native to Baltimore, MD., and have been involved in dance and the arts nearly all my life. I have performed in local plays and commercials, modeled on runways and in print ads, and danced in many concerts. At age three, I started dancing but it wasn’t until age five that I began formal training including gymnastics, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theatre, Latin, African and liturgical/ praise dance. My teaching experience started as an early teen at church working with children and youths through dance then progressed to completing a BFA in dance from Stephens College of Columbia, MO. in 2009. Shortly after university, I moved to the Phoenix, AZ. area where I’ve been living for several years. I hope to continue following my passion for dance and the arts by offering my knowledge, skills, jazzy personality and faith to my work leading the next generation of faithful dance/ arts enthusiast in the Valley of the Sun. Currently, I teach Dance and Music Stars at Stretch-n-Grow. 

Coach Bethany

My name is Bethany, I have a huge personality with a heart gold.
I am a proud mom of two! (they are my world )
and my family is absolutely everything to me!
I absolutely love the outdoors. I went to school for nutritionist and interior design  and have also  owned a pharmacy and interior design business. I have also been teaching  Barre, cycle classes, and fitness classes for over five years.

Children, nutrition, fitness, food and design  are just some of my passion!

I love to stay busy, active and have lots of projects. I also have a passion for cooking healthy,  trust me, healthy does not have to taste bad. It can be delicious  and nutritious for  your body. “
I am  fun, loving and have a ton of energy and I honestly believe that teaching kids at a young age is where they develop the most. It is the most important years of their lives.

I was born and raised in Oregon but now call amazing Queen Creek Arizona home. I teach Fitness Stars, Yoga Stars and Dance Stars with Stretch-n-Grow.

Coach Kim

Hey! My name is Kimberly, I was born in Washington and moved to Arizona in 2021. I love the heat here! I love dancing, music and gymnastics. I participated in Dance and Music when I was young. I graduated from EWU with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, I was a License Home care aide and an EMT before I had my son. I have a big family and loved being an aunt but after having my son I realized I wanted to work with children. I was a nanny for many years before we moved and now I homeschool my son. I’m really excited and eager to be helping other children find a passion for a healthy, confident, expressive lifestyle again! I have a huge appreciation for music, and you’ll often catch me singing and dancing along to many of the songs played during my classes. I am super silly and I love to play with and get children engaged in fun ways. I teach All Star Gymnastics with Stretch-n-Grow.