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#TeamTuesday – Kerri Dougherty

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday feature team member is Kerri Dougherty! Kerri is a new gymnastics and KidFit instructor at the NAC. Kerri teaches fun fitness, sports of all sorts, soccer, and hockey. She looks forward to continuing working for the NAC, and being the best instructor she can be.

Get to know Kerri!

  1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part about my job is playing sports with the kids. The kids seem to really enjoy scrimmaging when their instructor jumps in. My hockey class is all boys, I like to remind them that girls are just as great at sports as boys, by showing off my awesome hockey skills.

  1.  If you were a fruit, what would you be and why?

If I were a fruit, I would be a strawberry. I like to think I am sweet and simple, plus they’re at their best in the spring, and that’s my favorite season.

  1. What do you miss most about being a kid?

I miss the magical feeling of Disney World.  As a kid the Disney princesses and princes are the real deal, and Cinderella’s castle is obviously where Cinderella lives year round.  Today I know that is not the case, but I’ll still take any opportunity to visit Disney World, and take a picture with Mickey and Minnie.

  1. What is one of the coolest things you’ve ever gotten to do?

This summer my immediate and extended family all took a trip to Turks & Caicos.  It was my first time being out of the country, and I swam with a sea-turtle while snorkeling!

  1. What is your favorite movie and why?

I have two favorite movies. My first is The Dark Knight.  This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat and the acting is phenomenal.  My second favorite movie is Inside Out. Inside Out is adorable, light-hearted, and a pick me up kind of movie. Ironically, these two movies couldn’t be further from opposites.

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?

I’m very proud that I made the Dean’s List my first semester of college. I invested a lot of time into my studies, and never missed a class.

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little I wanted to be a teacher.  My younger sister Katherine would play “school” with me for hours. Of course I was the teacher and she was my student – but hey, that’s what little sisters are for.

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

#TeamTuesday – Chris Lanctot

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday feature team member is Chris Lanctot! Chris, Director of Rock Starz All Stars, has a 21 year history of coaching competitive cheer. 15 of her 21 coaching years have been spent directing cheer programs such as REC and All Star. After winning multiple national titles in REC cheerleading, Chris started Rock Starz with just one All-Star team. Seven years later, the program has grown to house athletes ages 3-18, on 9 teams ranging from Levels 1-5 and a special needs team, the Shining Starz.

Get to know Chris!

  1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is watching the confidence grow in an athlete, whether it’s attaining a new skill, mastering something they have been struggling with, or hitting a great routine on the floor. I also love watching the teams become a bonded cohesive unit where together they can reach goals & accomplish anything!

  1.  What is something most people don’t know about you? 

I don’t like any fruit pies or cooked fruit. I’m a chocolate lover!

  1. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

During Spring Break, my daughter and her Labrador drove all night from Florida to surprise us and later that week her new husband flew in to visit too. Having a house of 7, with all the kids home is the best gift. It doesn’t happen often enough!

  1. What are four things you can’t live without?

Diet coke big gulp from 7-11, workouts, coffee and hairspray.

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

The Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora, an island in French Polynesia.

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Hands down, my kids! All four are incredible. They have big hearts and all work hard on whatever they are doing. Brittany, Gregory and Brooke are in their twenties and Murphy is 10, yet they all support each other and are close.

  1. If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be?
I wouldn’t mind  being a dog for a day. Napping, playing and relaxing for a day sounds perfect! In our house, our dogs have always gotten a ton of love and attention. Not to mention they rule the couch!
Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

#TeamTuesday – Alexis Mongiello

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday feature team member is Alexis Mongiello! Alexis started taking gymnastics at just one year old when she took baby gym with her mom at the NAC. She continued up until she was on a level 4 team. Her love for tumbling never ended though. Alexis was a cheerleader until her freshman year of high school. Coaching gymnastics at the NAC is one of Alexis’s favorite things to do because she enjoys sharing her love for gymnastics with all of the NAC gymnasts.

Get to know Alexis!

  1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is teaching the kids how to tumble.

  1.  What fruit best describes your personality? 

I would say I am a kiwi because they’re unique.

  1. What 3 things would you want if you were stranded on a deserted island?

If I were stuck on a deserted island, I would want an unlimited amount of pizza, my phone, and my family.

  1. What is something most people don’t know about you?

Something that most people at the NAC don’t know about me is that I am one of the captains for sports nite at my school.

  1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

If I had to choose just one, I would say chocolate peanut butter is my favorite ice cream flavor.

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment was working hard to get my double full. It was such an exciting accomplishment for me.

  1. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

My favorite thing to do in my spare time is to hang out with my family and create memories that I always will remember.

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

#TeamTuesday – Liza Eden

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday feature team member is Liza Eden! Liza began working at Program Desk in October of 2015.  Her affiliation with the NAC began as a member so she has a unique, dual perspective – as a member and now as a staff member. Liza’s kids keep her busy, particularly with their endless array of activities. When not impersonating a taxi driver, Liza dabbles in interior design.

Get to know Liza!

  1. What is your favorite part of your job?

Working at the Program Desk is incredibly social and works well with my personality. I love interacting with our NAC members and visitors to help them in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families. Each NAC day I’m presented with new situations which in turn, keeps things varied and interesting.

  1.  What fruit best describes your personality? 

Passion fruit would most accurately correlate with my personality.  I’m passionate and energetic in life, particularly about fitness and our NAC community.  Laughter, in particular, just makes life better.

  1. What 3 things would you want if you were stranded on a deserted island?

Hmmm, 3 things on a deserted island…only 3?!  A hammock, a library filled with books and sunscreen!

  1. What is something most people don’t know about you?

Most people probably aren’t aware that I recently moved into the area from overseas. Our family lived in Poland for two years and were transferred to Malaysia for three years thereafter. What a great experience it was for my kids! They have an interesting lens from which they view the world, thanks to their dad’s employment.

  1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Ice cream isn’t a particular favorite of mine…but peanut butter cups…now we’re onto something!  If forced to eat ice cream, it would have to be peanut butter chocolate, doused with fudge sauce!

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Raising my kids is undoubtedly my finest achievement and most challenging endeavor!  I’ve raised six kids: four boys (21, 20, 18, 13) and twin girls (11).  The oldest two are in college, with #3 on the verge of graduation this year. Three more to go!

  1. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Spare time? Please define this?! Ha ha! When not working/exercising at the NAC, I can be found with my nose in a book, traveling/camping (think s’mores) with my kids, or listening to music/dancing.

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

#TeamTuesday – Catrina Coyle

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday team member of the week is Catrina Coyle! Catrina was nominated by NAC member Courtney Kinney. Catrina works in the Kids Club and loves spending time with all of the NAC Kids! Read on to find out more about Catrina, including where she would jet off to if she could travel anywhere!

Get to know Catrina!

  1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of this job is probably the relationships you form with the kids since you see them so often! Also the smiles and energy they have can easily make your day!

  1.  What is your go-to song on Karaoke night?

If there was one song I would sing to karaoke it would be “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber because he’s my favorite singer!

  1. What color best represents your personality?

The color that represents me the best would be orange. Orange because I am so energetic and very outgoing.

  1. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

The best gift I have ever received was my dog. My dog means so much to my family and I and have brought so much happiness in our lives!

  1. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was younger I wanted to be a teacher. A lot of teachers I had growing up impacted me so much and made me who I am today.

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment is probably buying my own car because I spent so much time working and saving just so I can buy a car.

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

If I could travel anywhere in the world it would be to Spain. Ever since I was little I always wanted to visit there. Mostly just from the pictures Ive seen or movies and how beautiful it is!

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

#TeamTuesday – KellyAnn Baskins

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday team member of the week is KellyAnn from the Kids Club. KellyAnn has over ten years of experience working with children. She began working as a camp counselor as a teenager and has since worked in day cares, and now, the Kids Club.

Get to know KellyAnn!

  1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job would be seeing the smiles on the children’s faces. If you’re having a bad day, their smiles would turn that around.

  1.  What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject in school was American History. The reason I like American History is because I get to learn about the events that shaped our country to the way it is today.

  1. Who is your hero?

My hero would be my dad. The reason would be he told me daily to reach for the stars and never give up. He still reminds me of that to this day.

  1. Where would you go on your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be to Australia because it beautiful and I would like to hold a koala bear.

  1. If you had to pick a jellybean flavor to describe your personality what would it be?

My jellybean favor that would describe me would be bubblegum. I’m bubblegum because I’m always bubbly in my personality.

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment would be graduating with a certification in EKG.

  1. If you were a superhero, what would you choose as your superpower?

If I could have any superpower it would be to be able to read people’s minds especially children’s and animals.

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#TeamTuesday – Nicole Beck

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

Meet Nicole, the newest member of the Youth Programs team, in this week’s #TeamTuesday feature! Nicole is the new Youth Programs Marketing Coordinator and she will be working in the Aquatics, Rockstarz and NAC Parties departments. Nicole is a recent graduate from Temple University, and has her degree in Strategic Communications. In her spare time, Nicole loves traveling, being outdoors, and photography.

Get to know Nicole!

1. What are you looking forward to most in your new position?

In my new position, I am looking forward to working closely with children and making a difference in their overall health and well-being. By marketing youth programs, I am given the opportunity to get more children involved in living a happy and healthy lifestyle.

2.  What are three things you can’t live without?

Three things I can’t live without is my Nikon DSLR camera, my planner and my fuzzy socks.

3. What do you miss most about being a kid?

What I miss most about being a kid is getting to see all my friends almost every day. Now as an adult, it’s not so easy to spontaneously get together.

4. What is something most people don’t know about you?

Something most people don’t know about me is that I love a good adrenaline rush! I’ve gone skydiving twice and am hoping to go again in the near future!

5. What motivates you to succeed?

My four siblings at home motivate me to succeed. As the oldest child, I will always thrive to be the best possible role model for them that I can be.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment is graduating from Temple University last summer.

7. What fruit best describes your personality?

A fruit that best describes my personality is a pitaya (dragon fruit). A Pitaya is sweet, colorful and unique.

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#TeamTuesday – Melissa Siger

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday feature post is on one of our amazing Kids Club team members–Melissa! After years of working as a nanny while finishing school, Melissa fell into her current role as the night and weekend manager in the Kids Club. Melissa earned her degree in paralegal studies. She also loves yoga, pilates, reading, and good quality food. Read on to find out what Melissa’s favorite part of working in the Kids Club is!

Get to know Melissa!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

Hands down, the best part of my job is hearing the crazy and funny things children say and do each day. I always have stories to tell my fiancé.

2.  If you could have any profession for a day, what would you do?

I would like to be royalty for a day, so I guess I’d take Queen Elizabeth’s job.

3. Who is your hero?

I don’t believe in heroes, but I really admire anyone who handles adversity with grace and doesn’t let life’s obstacles harden them.

4. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza, but I’m gluten intolerant so I don’t think that’d go over so well.

5. What is your favorite hobby outside of work?

I have a four month old baby, so naturally I have no hobbies at the moment. Check in with me in about two years!

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Definitely raising my daughter. She is a very kind, compassionate, and hilarious little girl. She is also very brave socially which impresses me, because I’m not.

7. If you won $100 million what would you do with it?

I would take off of work for a year and travel all over the world with my family. I’d also buy my mom and dad their own homes somewhere tropical, because they have both have sacrificed so much in their lives and both hate the cold.

Interested in babysitting or Kid’s Night Out in the Kids Club? Email kidsclub@newtownathletic.com with your questions!

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#TeamTuesday – Kevin Gilroy

Kevin GilroyHow well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

Meet this week’s #TeamTuesday featured team member, Kevin! Kevin currently teaches Hip Hop and Street Jazz for the Academy of Dance at the NAC. Some may recognize him from the summer, when he worked outside at Escape Restaurant. This past year when he found out the dance academy was looking for dance instructors for the upcoming year, he decided to seize the opportunity to teach. He had spent the past few years really investing in learning and growing in dance, and was ready to share with a new generation how amazing dance is. Kevin works full time as a server at El Rey in Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, where he plans to advance his career as a manager.

Get to know Kevin!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is being able to do something I am passionate about obviously, but also being able to see kids learn skills and gain confidence is amazing. Its like getting paid to have fun!

2.  If you were a fruit, what would you be and why?

This question has been asked before, I always say a lemon. They’re bright, full of flavor, and give off great energy.

3. If you could travel in time, what year would you go to and why?

To keep it light and fun, I would say 1954. With the tv show ‘I Love Lucy’ having been in the midst of its years taping, attending a live show would be so cool!

4. What is the best vacation you have been on and why?

I’ve traveled a bit, but Myrtle Beach South Carolina was always a family vacation spot growing up so it was a tradition.

5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Ice cream is a weakness, so i have a list of favorites. Peanut Butter Cookie Core by Ben and Jerrys is always my go to.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

Just being where I am right now in life. Everyone writes their own book, and I feel like I’m starting to write the perfect chapter.

7. As a child what was your dream job?

After realizing Power Ranger wasn’t an option, math came pretty natural to me so I thought being a math teacher would be great …

Interested in dance? Make sure to register before January 30! 

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#TeamTuesday – Kelsey Brown

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday featured team member is Camp NAC’s Assistant Camp Director Kelsey! Kelsey has been part of the Newtown Athletic Club team for the past nine years, starting out as a coach for gymnastics and swimming. Kelsey received her degree in Middle Grades Education, and during the school year teaches English to middle school students. Kelsey loves being able to use her degree and experience to help run Camp NAC during the summer. Continue reading to get to know Kelsey and find out why she is so passionate about working with children!

Get to know Kelsey!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

I love that I get to split my time between creating a fun experience for children and being a part of that experience. I get to plan that the campers will go to Giggleberry Fair or that the teens are going to have a snowball fight and then I get to be a part of it too. Seeing how much fun everyone has shows me I did my job.

2.  If you were a fruit, what would you be and why?

This is my favorite question! I’m not sure why but I think it tells you a lot about a person. But I think I could be a watermelon. I try to have a tougher exterior when needed but really I’m just sweet 🙂 Plus who doesn’t like watermelon?

3. What do you miss most about being a kid?

No bills! You can do whatever you want as a child and never appreciate it. Adulthood has creeped up on me. You think as an adult you’ll be working and have all this money to do EVERYTHING you ever wished you could as a child, and then you have to go and pay for things, like food.

4. What was your favorite subject in school?

I always liked math, it let me practice my problem solving skills. Plus I love knowing that there is a right answer, I just have to find it.

5. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pasta! I LOVE pasta. Any kind with any sauce or even just plain. I would eat pasta everyday for every meal if it was healthy to have that many carbohydrates in 24 hours.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

I was really excited to graduate college and find a full time teaching position. I always dreamed of being a teacher but never thought I’d get an offer right out of school!

7. When was the last time you did something for the first time?

In September when the pope came, we had 6 days off from school, the longest ever. So my friend and I decided to book a trip to Jamaica for six days. We booked on Saturday and left Wednesday – the first time I ever did something so spur of the moment.

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