Gymnastics for every student, every day

The strong academic curriculum at TMS is complimented by the exceptional gymnastic and movement training program that was developed in 1993 by C. Mandelstam and D. Camacho. The many benefits of this program transition into the classroom and beyond. The gymnastic and unique performance related coaching includes leadership and respect. When our students have graduated from grade five, they will have established a foundation of skills and attitudes that will assist them throughout their future. 

Training is by Safety Certified Accredited Coaches and experienced Performers using International Standards. During instruction, students are carefully supervised and situated where they will be safely and successfully coached.

Meet the Gym Coaches

Dayle Giro was born in Cuba and introduced to gymnastics at the age of 5. She earned the title of “National Gymnastic Champion” of Cuba and was then selected to enter the National School of Gymnastics in Havana. Afterward, she became a member of the Cuban National Team and during her 8 years on the Team represented Cuba in national and international competitions including the Pan American Games. After graduating with a degree in Physical Education, she pursued her dream of becoming a gymnastic coach. She has been coaching girls of all ages for 13 years now in both recreational and team gymnastics.

Maria Urdaneta was born in Venezuela and has more than 25 years of experience as a gymnast, trampolinist, judge and coach. She is a graduate of UPEL-IPB with a degree in Physical Education and was also a member and coach of the Venezuelan National Team. 

Ivet Rojas is also from Venezuela. She started gymnastics at the age of 6. When she was 11, she became part of the Venezuelan National Team and competed internationally representing Venezuela for 15 years in different events such as the South American Games, Central American Games, Pan American Games and the World Championships. She also qualified as an alternate for the London 2012 Olympic Games. She has been coaching gymnastics for 4 years now.

Nixa Fuenzalida is from Chile and received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Sports, and Recreation. She received her master’s in Human Well-Being and Health Education.  She was a manager for the Chilean National program entitled Physical Activity in Public Parks where she directed curriculums in motor development skills and dance, as well as competitive soccer, basketball, and tennis. Besides teaching artistic gymnastics, she has taught rhythmic gymnastics and ballroom dance.

Diego Cornejo, also from Chile, received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Sports, and Recreation. He received his master’s in Human Well-Being and Health Education.  While in college he was a member of the university’s gymnastics team. He has studied mens’ artistic gymnastics with specialists from the International Gymnastics Federation and studied women’s artistic gymnastics in a program called Olympic Solidarity, which was hosted by the Chilean Olympic Committee and sponsored by the International Olympic Committee. Besides coaching gymnastics, Diego has coached soccer and volleyball.

Hanover Wellness Education News

“Be always ashamed to catch thyself idle.” Ben Franklin


Physical activity is strongly correlated with improvement of concentration, memory, academic performance (this includes grade point average, scores on standardized tests, and grades in specific courses) and classroom behavior (Strong et al, 2005). Yet, the average American 13-19-year-old spends 9.5 hours each day sitting (Harris, 2003). And, 20% of U.S. elementary schools do not allow their students to have recess (Tyre, 2004) and only 28% of high school students in Massachusetts attended daily Physical Education class in 2003 (MASCD, 2005).

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