Metro Gymnastics Staff
David has been the President of Metro Gymnastics Center since its inception in 1990. He has been teaching gymnastics to children of all ages for the past 35 years. Even though he now spends most of the time as the business visionary, his love for children is evident in his caring approach towards them. David is currently the Men’s Region 2 Chairman, Chairman of the JOPC (Junior Olympic Program Committee), first aid/CPR certified, KAT Accredited, Safety Certified and Certified through USA Gymnastics University. David is the father of 3 children and enjoys most anything physical and outdoors. His favorite activities include, weight training, running and biking.
Svetlo started the sport of gymnastics when he was 7 years old. From the ages of 13 to 18 he was a National team member of the Junior and Mens Bulgarian National teams. In 2006 he came to United States as a circus performer for the well know Ringling Brothers Circus. In 2008 Svetlo started his coaching career and was awarded the Compulsory Coach of the year in 2013 and 2018 for the State of Oregon. Svetlo has also been a certified judge for the OGJA since 2015.
Svetlo’s motto in life is to be positive and optimistic, to treat people with respect and he is always willing to learn. In his free time he likes to stay really active by playing soccer, tennis, volleyball, table tennis, skiing, weightlifting, traveling in the nature and spending time with family and friends. He is also a fan of the Oregon Ducks, Blazers, Lakers, Barcelona and Man United. The gymnast that has always inspired him is Alexy Nemov.
Chacho has spent his life involved in a large variety of sports from soccer, boxing, basketball, gymnastics and more. He loves working with children and to see their excitement and enthusiasm as they strive to reach their personal goals during their classes. He is quick to give praise, and to cheer on a child’s success as they learn their skills.
Annette has been office manager at Metro Gymnastics since 1992. Her son Ryan Dwyer was on the boy’s team when Metro first opened in 1990. She has 4 grandchildren and enjoys doing crafts. Annette is privileged to have met many wonderful customers through the years at Metro, who have brought their children to experience the fun sport of gymnastics. She has seen many children excel not only in this sport, but hear from many parents how gymnastics has built confidence and a sense of achievement in their children with other activities, thus fulfilling Metro Gymnastics Center’s Mission Statement.
Girls Team Compulsory Director/Coach
Tania believes that continuing to learn is essential to her teams success. Her goal is to create a positive and safe learning environment in which every athlete can reach their full potential. Teaching young women the skills they need to be successful in every avenue of life is one of her favorite things about coaching. As well as seeing her athletes become confident and empowered young women.
As Metro’s Girls Team Head Coach and choreographer, Sara’s coaching experience dates back to 1996, and her love for gymnastics to her toddler years. Sara has also been a part of the Metro family since she joined and became one of the first members of Metro’s competitive girl’s team at the age of 10. She was involved in competitions until age 15, when she achieved Level 10 status. Athletics has always been a big part of Sara’s life. In high school she played volleyball and was on the dance team, and also taught tumbling and dance, as well as choreographing floor routines at a local gymnastics center. During her senior year in high school she began coaching level 5-8 girls and has been coaching ever since. Sara has been the Optional Head Coach since 2001 and holds several honors for her coaching work including the State of Oregon Compulsory Coach of the Year (2005) and the State of Oregon Optional Coach of the Year (2006 & 2009). Sara is committed to coaching and regularly attends state, regional and national congresses to further her education in the sport of gymnastics.
Teaching children has been a life long journey for John. The most important gift one can pass forward is the love of learning. John was a sixteen year competitive gymnast where he attended San Jose State on a full ride scholarship. He began teaching gymnastics 40 years ago and hopes to keep on teaching. His family includes his wife, two high school daughters and a cat. He likes to go to the beach, read, and travel and is a big LA sports fan. (Sorry blazers fans).
I am a proud mom of a 7 yr old girl and a 10 yr old boy who have been taking classes here at Metro on and off for about 6 years. I love working with kids and parents (and grandparents too!). Even though I have done more of my gymnastics while I was in school, now I teach exercise classes for adults, so it’s been a great addition to my life to have a sit-down job and help Annette in the office!
Started gymnastics at the age of 3 and continued to the competitive team at the age of 7 in California. He moved to Oregon and Metro Gymnastics center at the age of 10 and never left. In 2015 he started teaching for the Metro Gymnastics Center Boys recreational program.
Jessica has always loved doing handstands and cartwheels. Even as a child running around the house, her mother remembers seeing her feet more than her face! Jessica took 2 years of gymnastics in elementary school and loved it! She went on to compete in cheerleading in high school and an All-star cheerleading squad . Since the age of 19, Jessica has taught pre-school and recreational gymnastics. Her passion is working with children to teach not only gymnastics, but life skills.