To infuse each individual with confidence, self-worth and a love for fitness through tumbling, movement, adventure and artistic creativity.
Tracy John, Co-Owner
Siskiyou Girls Circle & Adventure Guide
Tracy has been working to empower youth to live with confidence, kindness and integrity for over 20 years. As an experienced teacher, facilitator and coach, she strives to be a reliable adult in kids lives, receiving youth with acceptance, dedication, and open hearted connection. Drawing on her depth and breadth of experience, she recognizes each child has a unique path to learning, using many modalities and "ways in". She seeks to challenge kids to push just beyond their comfort zones, while supporting each child's ability to build a healthy relationships with themselves and those around them. She takes a creative, professional, relaxed and upbeat approach, cultivating relationships based on mutual respect, accountability, honesty & compassion & resiliency.
Certifications: 25 years of coaching experience; 10 years mentoring/facilitating adolescent girls groups & outdoor adventure; BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude); Montessori Teachers Certification. Waldorf Foundation Year Cert. One Circle Facilitator. 1st Aid/CPR Certified. WFR. Challenge / High Ropes Course Cert, Darkness to Light Child Abuse Awareness. USAG Safety Certification.
Tracy lives contentedly with her husband and two daughters (17 & 14) in Talent, Oregon. When not actively tending to FlipSide or the family flow, her life is enriched with traveling, hiking, writing, kayaking, throwing pottery, choreographing, handstands and (always 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 20 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 working at FlipSide, and caring for three great children, Tamara enjoys swimming, exercise, and family adventures to the many natural wonders of the World.
Christina rounds out the FlipSide team bringing decades of Project Management, Operations and Communication skills to her role as Office Manager. She is always happy to help FlipSide Families with any questions or issues they might have! Prior to being “promoted” to Mom of two, Christina worked in the Public Broadcasting System throughout the United States and can still be spotted on Southern Oregon Public Television volunteering her development skills from time to time. She lives in Ashland with her husband, Tony and two children. In her spare time, Christina enjoys singing, crafting and traveling as much as possible.
Emily grew up doing gymnastics and competed through level 5. She is excited to be working with kids and has helped teach summer science camps throughout high school. She is currently working towards a biology degree with an art minor at Southern Oregon University. Outside of school and work, she enjoys hiking, climbing, swimming, and being outdoors.
Coach Annika brings her upbeat spirit and enthusiasm for helping kids attain their gym goals! Coach Annika, previously a level 7 gymnast herself, has 3 years of coaching experience and has worked with kids as a summer camp intern leader at ScienceWorks for the past few years. She is also passionate about Speech and Debate and enjoys spending time outdoors. You’ll see Annika co-coaching several of our after school classes- from beginner thru advanced levels!
Extreme Tumbling & Parkour
Coach Nate has been coaching Parkour for 8 years. He is patient, articulate, and precise in his instruction and has the ability to connect with students of all ages. He has been coaching parkour & jiu jitsu with Higs Gym for over 8 years under the instruction of coach Byron Higinbotham. Nathan's favorite part of teaching is helping kids learn new skills.