To infuse each individual with confidence, self-worth and a love for fitness through tumbling, movement, adventure and artistic creativity.
Tracy John, Co-Owner
Girls Circle & Adventure Guide
I have been working to empower youth to live with confidence, compassion and integrity for nearly 20 years. As an experienced teacher, facilitator and coach, I believe that children need open-hearted adults in their lives, worthy of imitation- as well as an engaging, interactive and rhythmic environment. I’m constantly striving to build connections with every child/teen that comes my way. Children are so eager to learn and to grow- and to try new things. They are in a constant state of development- and every stage is incredible! I want to honor each child’s path and way of learning- while allowing for challenge to help kids build a healthy self–image- one of confidence, resiliency and strength. I take a creative, professional, relaxed and upbeat approach, cultivating relationships based on mutual respect, accountability, honesty & compassion.
My background includes the implementation of so many youth programs:
Founder, Director & Instructor of The Wilderland Montessori School
Executive Director of TRIBE Girls Circles
Owner & Head Coach of Rebound Gymnastics Academy
Bachelors Degree in Psychology (SOU- Sigma cum Laude)
Waldorf Teacher Training Foundation Year Certification
Girls Circle International & Rose Circle Facilitator Certification
Wilderness 1st Aid & CPR
Challenge & High Ropes Course
USAG Safety Certification
Darkness to Light Child Abuse & Suicide Prevention Trainings
Tracy lives with her husband and two daughters (13 & 10) in Talent Oregon. When not actively tending the family flow, her life is enriched with traveling, backpacking, writing, kayaking, throwing pottery, choreography, handstands and (working toward) bettering herself.
Tamara Smith, Co-owner
Gymnastics & Swimming Coach
High Adventure Camp Guide
Tamara Smith, co-owner of FlipSide has been teaching children to love fitness and health for over 15 years. She has a degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. She is an experienced and skilled facilitator and teacher and is passionate about working with children. She maintains a holistic approach to education, with an emphasis on personal development and creative expression.
Certified: NOLS Wilderness First Responder, SCW Kids in Motion Coach, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, ARC Lifeguard, Baby Signs Certified Independent Instructor, ARC CPR PRO and First Aid
Tamara lives with her husband and 3 children in Ashland, OR. When not supporting two family businesses, and caring for three great children, Tamara enjoys swimming, exercise, and family adventures to the many natural wonders of the World.
Extreme Tumbling & Parkour
Peter Hulce has been coaching Parkour for 5 years. He is patient, articulate, and precise in his instruction and has the ability to connect with students of all ages. He has been training with Higs Gym for over 6 years under the instruction of coach Byron Higinbotham. During this time he has attained a black belt in Taekwondo, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and become highly proficient in the art of movement known as Parkour. He also has 2 years of gymnastics experience prior to training at Higs Gym. Peter has amassed a huge medal count for the many tournaments he has competed in over the years and was the 2014 Higs Ninja Challenge men's elite champion.
Alysha graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Health and Physical education. After completing many field experiences/practicum hours with children over the years, I've learned that they do put a positive impact on my life and I enjoy working with them. My greatest passion involves encouraging others and Flipside gives me the opportunity to do just so. I look forward to watching kids grow and excel on their physical activities.
Tyler Jefferies, sophmore at SOU has been cheerleading for 14 years and tumbling for 11 years. Her training and experience is in youth cheer, all star cheer, high school cheer, and college cheer! Tyler's favorite part about cheerleading is tumbling and stunts! She brings her experience and enthusiasm to FlipSide gymnastics classes, cheer classes and summer camps.
Vincent Smith, PhD Environmental Studies professor guides Eco-Adventure Camps for FlipSide! Combining his passion for the outdoors & sustainability Vince comes to us with a lifetime of experience. As an avid scouter Vince traveled to 48 or the 50 states camping, hiking, climbing, rafting, canoeing, skiing, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, SCUBA diving, spelunking, and adventuring outdoors in whatever capacity he could. Vince enjoys guiding kids & teens in adventure camps across the country.
In addition to outdoor experience, Vince has degrees & advanced training in Plant Ecology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science & Education. Teaching is his greatest passion. From teaching college students at the Center for Sustainability Farm to teaching Kids in the waters of Catalina island, to Guiding teens though Minnesota's Boundary Waters, Vince empowers people to act as stewards while showing them a world worth protecting.