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Jennifer O'keefe - Owner & Head Coach

Jen has been teaching gymnastics for over 35 years. She has taught all levels from tiny tots to advanced gymnasts.  Jen is also the head coach for the competitive team, and has the expertise to guide gymnasts successfully towards their gymnastics goals.  She has lead many gymnasts to Regional and National Competitions. She is the meet director for our USAG Sanctioned Competitions and is Director of Top Notch Gymnastics.

Favorite Gymnastics Event: Bars 

Favorite Food: Chinese 

Favorite Candy: Charleston Chew 

Favorite Movie: My Cousin Vinny 

Favorite Holiday: Christmas 

Favorite Color: Red 

Favorite Animal: Golden Doodle 

Fun Fact: "I can do my own nails"

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Athena Spitaliere - Office Manager & Website Coordinator

Athena is our Office Manager and one of our Secretaries for about 15 years. She also designs and maintains our website. In addition, Athena is assistant to the meet director at our in-house competitions and personal assistant to Jen. She loves working at Top Notch because of the family atmosphere and working side by side with her BFF. Athena has loved the sport of gymnastics since her daughter was a competitive gymnast and now enjoys watching other children learn gymnastics. 

Favorite Gymnastics Event: Floor

Favorite Food: Italian Food 

Favorite Candy: Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Favorite Movie: Anything thriller

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Favorite Color: Blue 

Favorite Animal: My doggie 

Fun Fact: I was a team mom when my daughter was on team before I became a secretary

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Deonna Krause - Secretary 

Deonna is one of our Secretaries and has been with us for over 15 years.  She assists with all office duties. Deonna has great experience with our gymnastics teams and can answer any questions you may have

Competitive Team Coaches

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Julio Bernal 

Julio was a gymnast in Columbia on the National Team. He was also team captain of the Columbian Team. He later coached the Columbian National Team. He is an internationally certified mens gymnastics judge and has been involved in gymnastics for over 30 years. In addition he is a K-12 certified Physical Education teacher in Cabarrus County Schools

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Paul Junior 

Paul has been coaching our competitive team girls for over 10 years. He spends much of his time dedicating his time to our competitive team. 

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Amanda Lewis

Amanda has been working at Top Notch for about 2 years. She works with our competitive team, recreational classes, as well as helps run our summer camp.

Favorite Gymnastics Event: Floor

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Watermelon  

Favorite Movie: Legally Blonde

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Favorite Color: Yellow 

Favorite Animal: Elephant 

Fun Fact: I am a student at UNC Charlotte!

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Maiah DeShazer

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Hayden Thigpen

Hayden has been working with us for a little over 2 years. He is now one of our AAU coaches.

Favorite Gymnastics Event: Floor

Favorite Food: Taco Bell

Favorite Candy: Herseys  

Favorite Movie: Star Wars or Marvel 

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Animal: Wolf 

Fun Fact: He comes from a family involved in gymnastics but never did it more than 3 years.  

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Blaise Krause

Blaise has been coaching for about 4 years but was a gymnast for 11 years. She is now one of our AAU coaches.

Favorite Gymnastics Event: Floor

Favorite Candy: Gummy Bears 

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Favorite Color: Yellow 

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Fun Fact: I love roller skating in my free time

Recreational Gymnastics Coaches

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Kellen Brooks

Favorite Gymnastics Event: Vault 

Favorite Food: Quesadillas 

Favorite Candy: Skittles  

Favorite Movie: The Emperors New Grove

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Animal: Jellyfish

Fun Fact: I am one of the Top Notch competitive team girls. 

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Catherine Brantley

Favorite Gymnastics Event: Bars

Favorite Food: Crab Legs

Favorite Candy: Reeces 

Favorite Movie: The Vouyers

Favorite Holiday: Christmas

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Animal: Cats

Fun Fact: I love singing!

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Sydney Krause

Favorite Gymnastics Event: Floor and Vault 

Favorite Food: Salads and Mac and Cheese

Favorite Candy: Lollipops or anything sour

Favorite Movie: Any Comedy 

Favorite Holiday: Christmas or Halloween

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Fun Fact: I didn’t start competing gymnastics till I was 9 about to be 10 and after 7 year I reached level 8 and completed it for 2 seasons.

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Cheyenne Christie

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Cassidy Ellis

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Amia Cheeseboro

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Amya Cheeseboro

Favorite Gymnastics Event: Floor

Favorite Food: Everything

Favorite Candy:  Reeces

Favorite Movie: Princess and the Frog

Favorite Holiday: My birthday and Christmas

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Animal: Koala

Fun Fact: I am one of the Top Notch competitive team girls.

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Daegan Angel

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Morgan Elrod

Top Notch Staff

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