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Meet Our Staff

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Traci Criswell

Founding President & Owner

Traci started The Children’s Gym because of her passion for teaching children in a positive environment. She felt there was a need to provide a place for a diverse group of students to gather and learn gymnastics non-competitively. She grew The Children’s Gym from a small preschool gymnastics program, to a facility that caters to now over 1,000 students!

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Andrea Lawrence

Chief Operating Officer

Andrea grew up here at The Children’s Gym and is now running the company. She is passionate about creating a positive and welcoming space for everyone who comes through TCG’s doors. The gym feels like part of her family and she wants that feeling to translate to students, parents, and staff alike. In her free time, she loves living an active lifestyle, whether she’s hiking, camping or running. She enjoys traveling, has lived in Italy, and has done volunteer work in Ethiopia, Africa.

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Kelsey Alderman

Operations Lead

Kelsey started coaching at The Children’s Gym in 2013. She received her Bachelors Degree in Child Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology. Kelsey is passionate about positive coaching and creating environments that help kids thrive. In her free time she loves playing sports and spending time with family and friends.

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Tami Fitzgerald

TCG Squad Leader & Coach

Tami has been involved with gymnastics since the age of five, both recreationally and competitively. She has been coaching for over 30 years! Outside the world of gymnastics, Tami enjoys biking, hiking, rafting, hunting, camping and almost anything outdoors you can think of!

Christine Baird

Gymnastics Development Leader & Coach

Christine started competitive gymnastics in Germany, where she was recruited to an elite training program at the age of six. She competed at the National Championships twice, winning once, before she moved to the United States at twelve. She has coached for thirteen years, specializing in coaching and managing recreational and competitive mens and womens gymnastics programs. Outside of the gymnastics world, Christine loves to travel, read, road trip and dance her way through life!

Patrick Henry

Camp Coordinator & Coach

Patrick has been coaching gymnastics for 8 years and has loved every minute of it. He joined TCG in 2014 and took a quick hiatus to help update a daycare that his dad owns back in Texas. Patrick is now back and excited to coach your kiddos and help them learn new skills and create lasting memories. He loves reading, JRR Tolkien, snacks, and weight lifting.

The Children's Gym

1625 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

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