My name is Denise Trujillo and I am the Owner/Director of Stretch-n-Grow of the East Valley. I have worked with children in several different capacities for over 25 years,. My experience includes working as a nanny, teaching children's art classes, working with special needs children and teaching children's fitness and nutrition.
I became the owner and director of Stretch-n-Grow of the East Valley at the end of 2013, and has been passionate about fighting the growing epidemic of childhood obesity ever since. Previous to this I had worked as a circuit trainer at a women's fitness club and taught weight loss and nutrition classes for adults.
I am a certified Youth Fitness Instructor, and am educated in exercise for young children, I am also certified in CPR and First Aid and Caregiver qualified by the state of Arizona. My coaching staff and I are continually educated in motor development exercise and nutrition education for young children.
I have genuine love for children and am dedicated to improving the quality of life for future generations.
Hi my name is Robbi Marlowe. I’m a native to Phoenix Az. I’ve been blessed to be married to my best friend Nathan for 20yrs. We have an amazing 18 yr old daughter.
I’ve been working with children for 25+ years. Including taking care of my own nephews and nieces and I am currently taking care of their children. I’ve been a Sunday School teacher of different age groups. I was a live in nanny, and have nannied for a few different families. I’ve also been a worship (music) leader for youth groups at a few churches in Phoenix.
God, my family, music, and fitness are my life.
I just recently got my YFS certification and I’m very excited to be part of the Stretch-n-Grow family. I teach Fitness Stars and Dance Stars.
Hi, my name is Sierra & I was born in Phoenix, Arizona. I spent a little time traveling with my family in my teens where we resided in Ohio and Colorado, mostly. I’ve lived my life around children as I am the youngest of six girls. I feel very blessed to be apart of the team at Stretch-n-Grow, I joined in February of 2019 & have loved to watch the program positively impact the lives of the children I teach. Currently I am involved in Fitness Stars & Music Stars. I have always been passionate about the power of music, especially in youth & this is something I avidly use with my son who was born in October ‘18. I have 2 dogs & 1 cat, and my family is the light of my life, other than Stretch-n-Grow I am a stay at home mom who loves to watch her little boy Stretch-n-Grow, himself!
My name is Jonathan Young. I was adopted from Russia when I was three years old and was raised in Chandler Az. I work with autistic kids as a teacher’s aide for Autism Academy. Growing up my mom was a teacher for Chandler High School and she taught special needs kids. I never imagined myself working in the same profession as my mom until I started teaching. I enjoy what I do and I love seeing the smile the kids have on their faces. I grew up playing a lot of sports. I mostly played basketball and I ran in cross country. I am also a musician and have been playing music for 18 years. I play all kinds of instruments and I also sing. I started playing when I was 6 and it’s been a passion of mine ever since.
I coached with Stretch-n-Grow in the summer of 2017 and am back for this summer coaching All-Star Sports and Fitness Stars.
Hi! My name is Kori Chappell. I am an Arizona Native, and I have been happily married for 25 years to a man I met in fifth grade. Our family includes three amazing grown children, an adorable grandson, darling identical twin granddaughters, two boxers and two pugs. Whew!
I am passionate about working with children and have been blessed to do so for as long as I can remember. My passion began when I was a teenager and assisted in a daycare center. After that I spent a few years volunteering in the youth ministry at church. I then became a mom and provided in-home childcare to families within my community while my children were young. Once my kiddos were grown, I went back to school and earned my degree in early childhood and taught preschool through second grade for eleven years before recently retiring to enjoy more time with my grandkids. Although I love spending time with my grandkids, I found that retirement left a void, and I missed working with children. I am thrilled to be a member of the Stretch-n-Grow staff now where I can continue doing what I am most passionate about…working with kiddos and being a Fitness Stars and Camp Fit coach.
Hi my name is Kit Wilson. My husband and I have been living in Arizona for over 25 years . We have two lovely kiddos. Both are in High School. Our eldest is Graduating this 2019 school year.
I have been doing Yoga for over 20 years. I received my 800 hr Yoga teaching Certification 8 years ago. I teach adult Yoga classes and joined the Stretch-n-Grow team February 2019. I love working with Children teaching my two favorite things Yoga and Mindfulness. I have taught preschool and worked in the Gilbert Public Schools C.O.P.E unit, working with Children with Emotional Dysfunctions.
I have my MBSR/ Mindfulness Certification. to teach mindfulness to children who fall on the spectrum.
I am also a CASA, Court Appointed Advocate for a Foster Child. I absolutely Love working with Children and having fabulous time playing with them. With Stretch-n-Grow I teach Yoga Stars and Fitness Stars.
My name is Sue. I am an Arizona native, and graduated from ASU. I thought I was going to be a teacher, or a counselor. Instead I stayed at home with my kids for many years, and I have been a Realtor since 2006. I am crazy about my husband of 19 years, and our three boys, who are all in high school and junior high now. My boys are busy with sports (basketball, volleyball, and baseball), so you will usually find me at a field or on a court. I absolutely love the water! My favorite place to be is in or on the water! This summer I have logged many miles kayaking and paddle boarding down the salt river! I teach Fitness Stars and I am loving spending time with these cute kiddos every week, and look forward to growing as a coach!
My name is Andrea and I have been dancing since I was 5 years old, primarily in ballet and contemporary. I graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Dance in 1998. I previously owned and operated a Dance Fitness studio in Mesa, Arizona, from 1997 until 2002. I also taught dance as a volunteer at Eastlake Park Recreation in Phoenix, and with Open Dance, an after-school dance program for under-served children, in 2002 through 2004. I trained extensively in mat pilates, yoga based stretch programs, tumbling, conditioning and kinesiology, as well as other cross training throughout the last 15 years.
Currently I teach Dance Stars and All Star Gymnastics with Stretch-n-Grow.
My name is Andelyn Jones. I have lived in Arizona my entire life, and love it! Growing up I was a competitive dancer. My favorite styles of dance are Contemporary and Jazz. Back then dance was my second home, and kept me out of trouble. I love working with children, and am grateful that I get to share my love of dance and fitness with them. It amazes me how much these kiddos learn and retain from these classes. I am so glad I get to be apart of that. I teach Dance Stars and Fitness Stars.
Hello my name is Shaye I am a passionate yoga teacher, meditation guide, and heart centered awareness/living coach. I would do yoga while watching my baby sister and she automatically began doing poses and meditating with me, it was so beautiful to see how much she loved it; she inspired me to pursue my dream of becoming a yoga teacher. So two years ago I moved from my tiny hometown in Northern California, to the great Phoenix to do a yoga teacher training. It was shortly after graduating that I saw how connected I am to my inner child, and how all I learned was to be a teacher for the young, as what they learn now makes such an impact. I work with children full time and focus on helping them flow through their emotions rather than become them, with yoga, mediation, mindfulness, and breathing. I am also beginning to work with parents and children combined to strengthen family relationships. I am so blessed to do this work, to see smiles on the kids faces, and the calmness and peace that fills their minds, bodies, and hearts. I am filled with so much gratitude to be in the Stretch-n-Grow family and teach Yoga Stars.
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