Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Find out a little bit more about all of the people that make Champions the great place that it is: the Coaches and Staff! They come to us extremely knowledgeable in their various fields– from gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading and yoga, competitive and recreational, to computer software and office management. All of our staff and coaches attend clinics throughout the year and are involved in instructor training to assure that they are up on all the latest teaching ideas, certifications and spotting techniques. More than coaches, they take great pride in being “Roll Models” for your Champions, molding respectful, sweet, encouraging and hard-working individuals. Best of all, they love to teach and they love your champion! Added bonus:  We take the bond that kids form with their coach extremely seriously, which is why most of our staff has been at Champions 3-15+ years! We always have at least one staff member who is CPR and first-aid certified in the gym, but almost 100% of our staff members carry this certification. We have taken our staff to the Gymnastics Association of Texas conference since 2000, and take back to the gym and the rest of the staff all of the best new training techniques, new drills, and teaching practices.

If we haven’t met you yet, please be sure that you introduce yourself. We love to being able to match up all of our wonderful students with their parents. Thank you again for sharing your amazing children with us.

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Alison Scott Callaway

CEO/CFO

Alison Scott Callaway is a native Austinite (6th generation!) and lives in Bee Cave with her husband.  Alison’s mother, Janet Scott, started Champions in 1994 and Alison grew up in the gym.   She was fortunate to have a very full upbringing, participating in many gymnastics classes and gymnastics show teams, but is most grateful that her mother believed in a well-rounded childhood and also enrolled her in volleyball, kickball, Girl Scouts / Brownies, and put a lot of emphasis on church, family, and building friendships.   The mission of creating “All Around Champions” was instilled in her at an early age and she believes in it whole hardheartedly.  She was the cheer competition squad captain at Austin High her varisty year, where they took home first place.  In college she held a job coaching a middle school drill team, where she realized that as much as she would try to escape being in the family business, it’s where her true passion and talents lay.  She began working at Champions full time in 2009, became the Teams Director in 2011, started the competitive program shortly after, and started the location in Lake Travis in 2014.

  • Gymnastics Association of Texas Conference Attendee 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
  • Attended National Cheer Association Conference in 2014.
  • Infant to Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED Trained
  • Texas Child Care Director Certified
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Certified
  • Child Development Coursework
  • Attends Child Care Education Institute
  • NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Attended 4-Day Overnight Boot Camp for Kids & Sports Facility Business Owners in 2016
  • 2016 Community Judge of the LTHS Talent Show
  • Completed the full system of the Leader in Training program.
  • Bachelors of Arts from Indiana University in Communications; Coursework in Psychology, Child Development; Education; Business Minor
  • Served 1 year on the Undergraduate Student Library Advisory Board
  • Served 1 year as Intellectual Development Chair of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Alpha Mu chapter
  • Served 3 years on Indiana University Union Board Committees
  • 1 Summer experience as Instructional Support for the National Youth Scholars Program
  • 4 years experience as a Camp Counselor at an overnight camp
  • KLRU Filming Austin’s Lives Competition Winner; On-Air Interview Discussing Documentary Piece
  • Austin High School Varsity Cheerleader and Competition Team Captain
  • Austin High School Cheer Social Chair
  • Austin High School Class Senate Member
  • National Honor Society
  • 2 years experience Varsity Golf Team; Academic All-District
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Younglife; Campaigners
  • Alison is an avid reader, particularly of children’s literature, business development, leadership, and home.  Some of her most influential business books include:  Level 5 LeadershipCarrots and Sticks Don’t WorkWhat Successful People Do Before BreakfastGood to GreatThe Power of Positive LeadershipLeading with GritIt’s OK to be the BossScrumThe E-MythWhy Motivating People Doesn’t Work and What DoesBuilt to Last, and The No Complaining Rule

 

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Janet Scott

Owner and Founder – ChampionsTX

Janet is the owner and founder of Champions. She’s a mom, a wife, and an experienced gymnast. She was competitive for 8 years and was even named All American in Gymnastics for two years! She’s coached, was the secretary of the Gymnastics Association of Texas, and she even got her degree in Phys. Education with concentrations in gymnastics and dance at UT. A native Austinite, she was involved in the Jr. League for 8 years and has been actively involved in the Helping Hand Home for 6 years and counting. She loves photography–you will probably see her snapping pictures with her big camera around Champions!

Janet established “Champions Academy” in December of 1994 based on the idea that all children, no matter what skill level, should have an opportunity to excel in gymnastics and cheer without having to give up their childhood to the gym. We celebrate Champions’ birthday January 18th every year, when the first classes were held in the Austin Recreation Center, pulling out equipment every day from a storage closet, and with about 30 kids per week. In 1995 Champions created the first team: Performance Team, titled because of the philosophy that she wanted the teams to do more character building and community-focused performances rather than competitions. Her daughter, Alison Scott, was on this team. They went on the next year to create Tumble Team, started having summer day camps, and about 5 years down the road moved into the West Austin Youth Association, where the Central Austin located still resides.

  • Former Secretary of the Gymnastics Association of Texas
  • Champions Cares Coordinator
  • Infant to Adult CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Gymnastics Safety Certified
  • GAT IP Boys and Girls Certified
  • Member of the Austin Helping Hand Home Committee
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education with specialty in Physical Education from the University of Texas
  • Austin High School graduate – Go Maroons!
  • Captain of the Austin High School Cheer Squad
  • Captain of the Austin High School Gymnastics Team
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Zach Yoke

Explorers Preschool, Afterschool, and Camps Department Leader

Zachary is very excited to be joining the team at ChampionsTX. Zachary has been working in the childcare field for almost 5 years ranging in positions from Camp Counselor all the way to Licensed Child Care Director/Camp Director. In his free time, Zachary enjoys being outside and playing sports; he plays tennis, sand volleyball, golf, and almost anything else that allows him to be outside and active. He loves working in this career field because of the impact he is able to have on families and the community everyday and the feeling of pure excitement when a child discovers something for the first time.

  • Attended GAT Conference in 2017
  • Texas DFPS Child Care Director Certified
  • Day Camp Director Certified
  • Infant to Adult CPR & First Aid Certified
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Certified
  • Positive Guidance Certified
  • Child Development Coursework
  • STEM Curriculum Coursework
  • Meeting the Five Critical Needs of Children Certified
  • Attended Child Care Education Institute
  • Volunteers at the Rouse High School Theatre Program

 

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Valerie Crane

Legacy Cheer Department Leader – Lake Travis

Coach Val joined the ChampionsTX staff in May 2016.

  • 3 Years All Star Prep Director at Cheer Athletics
  • 2 Years All Star and Tumbling Staff at Cheer Station
  • Accomplished Choreographer – Choreographed Champion Junior Olympic routine.
  • 2016 Coach of NCA All-Star Prep National Champion
  • 2015 Coach of Youth Level 3 Summit 5th Place Champion
  • 2014 Coach of Senior Coed Level 4 At-Large Summit Bid
  • 2013 Coach of 2 Undefeated All-Star Prep Teams
  • Two Time Grand Champion USASF Worlds – Bronze Medalist 2012 and Silver Medalist 2011
  • 2011 NCA Grand Champion Spirit Celebration Individual
  • 2010 National Champion USASF Worlds – Bronze Medalist
  • 2010 NCA Grand Champion – Spirit of Texas
  • 2009 USASF Worlds Silver Medalist
  • 2009 NCA Champion – Spirit of Texas
  • 2005 and 2007 NCA Top All American

 

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Elizabeth Caserta

Gymnastics Department Leader – Lake Travis

Meet Elizabeth! Elizabeth comes all the way from New Jersey. She was born and raised in a small town in north Jersey. Growing up Elizabeth did competitive gymnastics starting at age 6. She’s participated in both her gymnastics and cheerleading club programs at The Pennsylvania State University. She is enthusiastic and passionate making her a great fit for our department leader position. She’s excited to work with everyone at Champions and can’t wait to get started!

Meet Elizabeth! Elizabeth comes all the way from New Jersey. She was born and raised in a small town in north Jersey. She is a recent Penn State graduate with a degree in Elementary education. Growing up Elizabeth did competitive gymnastics starting at age 6. She’s participated in both her gymnastics and cheerleading club programs in college. She is enthusiastic and passionate about gymnastics and she could not think of a better position for her. She’s excited to work at our Lake Travis location and she cannot wait to get started!

 

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Dylan Vollmer

Parkour Head Coach – Lake Travis

Dylan grew up wake boarding and teaching himself extreme sports.  He has been called “Superman” on more than one occasion due to his extreme coordination and body awareness.  Dylan joined Champions in January 2013, and he claims it is impossible to go a day without doing at least three flips.  His favorite quote is “Hey Champions!” (kids respond “Champions Rock!”.

 

Bitty Biehunko

Assistant Department Leader – WAYA

Elizabeth “Bitty” Biehunko grew up doing gymnastics and all star competitive cheerleading in Austin at Champion’s and Cheer West.  She is currently finishing her dual degree in Education and Math.  Fun fact: she’s known for her funky pants and Target addiction.

  • Infant to Adult CPR & First Aid Certified
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Certified
  • Positive Guidance Certified
  • Child Development Coursework
  • Meeting the Five Critical Needs of Children Certified
  • Attends the  Child Care Education Institute

 

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Donovan Marshall

Girls Gymnastics Coach & Boys Gymnastics Head Coach – Lake Travis

  • Attended GAT (Gymnastics Association of Texas) Conference in 2017
  • Infant to Adult CPR & First Aid Certified
  • 4+ Years Experience Coaching Gymnastics
  • Extensive Work with Pre-Team Programs
  • Hands-on Training for Spotting Level 1-8 Gymnastics
  • Former High School Varsity Cheerleader
  • Offers Private Lessons

 

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Brandon Spier

  • Attended GAT Conference in 2017
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Certified
  • Positive Guidance Certified
  • Child Development Coursework
  • STEM Curriculum Coursework
  • Meeting the Five Critical Needs of Children Certified
  • Attended Child Care Education Institute

 

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Amalie Joseph

Amalie is originally from Rockville, Maryland and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.  She has been training for 5 years.  She has worked with people of all ages with many different types of fitness goals.  She grew up playing all kinds of sports, but truly found her niche when she discovered cheerleading in 5th grade.  She cheered competitively for 6 years, did varsity cheer her freshman year of high school, and danced hip-hop competitively for 2 years.  She loves performing, stunting, and dancing!  She stopped cheer because of a slipped disc in her back, and when she got her personal training certification after high school, she decided to make it her mission to become a coach, and help people learn proper technique to avoid injuries.  Being a trainer/coach is the most rewarding job in the world!  She loves seeing people’s reactions when they see how far they have progressed.  Her passion is helping individuals find the most effective way to improve their performance in their specific sport, and to find an enjoyable way to do so!

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Cheered Competitively for 6 Years
  • Danced Hip-Hop Competitively for 2 Years
  • Attended GAT Conference in 2017

 

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Brittany Langbecker

Pre-K Teacher  – Lake Travis Location

Brittany is very excited to work at ChampionsTX as the Pre-K Teacher.  She moved to Austin about 3 years ago from South Texas, and is loving it here. Brittany is very passionate about working with children. Coming from a family where she is the oldest of 4 siblings, she has always looked out and cared for them whenever possible. Brittany has 3 years of child care experience. Brittany and her husband do not have any kids of their own, but they have a dog named Axel and she treats all children in her pre-k class like they were her own. On her spare time, you can catch her spending time with family or friends, play with or walking Axel, enjoying the pool, doing d.i.y projects, and much more. Brittany is looking forward to seeing your children begin to build friendships with each other and their creativity, learn new things, and simply enjoying their play.

  • CPR & First Aid Certified, Infant through Adult
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Certified
  • Positive Guidance Certified
  • Child Development Coursework
  • STEM Curriculum Coursework
  • Meeting the Five Critical Needs of Children Certified
  • Attended Child Care Education Institute

Devin Francis

Gymnastics Coach – Lake Travis and WAYA

Hi. I am from South Louisiana. I have coached gymnastics for the past 10 years. I have coached both girls’ and boys’ recreational and competitive gymnastics, and tumbling. I have coached 1st place gymnasts and state champions. I also worked at the summer camp at New Heights Gym for the past 11 years. I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. I took gymnastics classes from the age of 4 to 13. Coaching is a passion of mine because I enjoy helping kids achieve their goal, such as a skill they never thought they would be able to do. I am a very vocal and positive coach. My number one rule for coaching kids is that the kids have to have fun.

  • USAG Safety Certification (October 2010 – present)

  • USAG Instructor/Professional Membership (July 2013 – July 2017)
  • (Infant, Child, Adult) CPR/AED/First-Aid Certification (Jan. 2017 – present)
  • USA Gymnastics 2011 Region 8 Congress (July 2011)
  • Gymnastics Clinic at New Heights Gym (June 2014)
  • Louisiana Boy’s State Clinic (October 2014)
  • USA Gymnastics 2015 Region 8 Congress (June 2015)
  • Men’s USA Gymnastics State Clinics (August 2015)
  • Men’s USA Gymnastics State Camps (August 2015)
  • Men’s USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Competition Program Workshop (June 2016)
  • LA Men’s Coaches’ Clinic (June 2016)
  • USAG TOPS Clinic (June 2017)
  • USAG Course: Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction (June 2013)
  • USAG Course: Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse (June 2016)

 

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Melissa Childers

Frogs / 3s Teacher  – Lake Travis Location

Melissa’s love of learning and teaching has led her to work with children for the last 10 years through volunteer work, peer mentoring programs and teaching at the elementary school level. She loves being in a classroom and helping her students learn in a caring and nurturing environment where they feel safe and at home. Melissa was especially interested in working with the Champions team because of the programs ability to educate through multiple mediums. Health and wellness plays a very important role in her life and she believes young children are especially receptive to instruction that challenges them both physically and intellectually. It is her goal to help every student recognize their individual strengths and use them to become lifelong learners, as well as build their thirst for knowledge. 

  • SFSU Bachelor of Arts, Economics 
  • Certified Texas Educator, Grades EC-6
  • Infant to Adult CPR, AED and First Aid Certified 
  • Assistant Teacher- Third Grade (August 2012-June 2013) Trinity Episcopal School 
  • Substitute Teacher- K-5 (September 2011- June 2012) School Districts include: Eanes ISD, Lake Travis ISD, Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD
  • Student Teacher- Third grade (March 1-May 27, 2011) Laurel Mountain Elementary, Austin, TX.
  • Student Teacher- Pre K-Kindergarten (January 2009- July 19, 2010) Rosa Parks Elementary, Berkeley CA.
  • Volunteer Work (200+ hours)- Volunteered as Teacher’s Assistant, Rosa Parks Elementary and Franklin School, Berkeley CA., once a week from January 2009- July 2010.

 

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Felicia Flick-Gabler

Legacy Cheer Coach – Lake Travis

Felicia is originally from a small town, outside of Pittsburgh, PA (GO STEELERS), where she grew up doing competitive dance, hip hop and ballet, and competitive cheer all through high school. After HS she attended California University of PA, graduating with a B.S in Exercise Science: Wellness & Fitness and danced on the University’s competitive Dance Team.  After college, she moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and began a career in personal training and holistic nutrition for a busy chiropractic office for four years. Coming from a family of teachers, she decided to give teaching a go: certified in Elementary and HS English education and began teaching at William T. Dwyer High School.   At Dwyer, she took over the school’s cheerleading program. In their first year as a competition team, they took 5th at the State Championship and first in their region. For the next three years, they placed in every competition and placed  top 10 in the State of Florida. During her time with this team, she worked closely with Robbie Gregory, who competes on GymTime Chrome’s all star program and owns his own gym, for team training and choreography.   Felicia married her husband in 2016 and had to leave teaching to move to ATX so that he could take over a Customer Service software company, Help.Com. They live in North Austin with their three pit bulls, Butkus, Shadow, & Lucy, and their black lab, CJ.

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Fitness Nutritionist
  • Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Weight Management Specialist
  • CPR / AED and First Aid Certified

 

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Noel Stanchfield

Birthday Parties Jr. Department Leader, Lead Teacher/Coach

Noel is a party planning and early childhood coach and teacher. She helps your little ones make the learning process fun! A mom of a preschooler herself, Noel is no stranger to both the delights and difficulties that come with this age group. She firmly believes that when it comes to our children- laying a strong foundation now will be invaluable later. As competitive gymnast in high school, Noel fell in love with the sport and is excited to be able to share that passion with another generation of champions. In her free time, she enjoys; playing music, running Austin’s many outdoor trails with her family and, of course, planning parties.

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer 2015
  • Washtenaw Community College – Associates of Arts Degree- 2015
  • BLS- First Aid, CPR, Pediatric & Adult – Certified since 2013
  • Former Competitive Gymnast
  • A wonderful artist!
  • Fun Fact:  Plays the cello, piano, guitar, and the ukelele!

Joy Scola

I first fell in love with Gymnastics when I was introduced to Acrobatic Yoga (Acro Yoga) by two gymnasts 5 years ago after moving to Texas from California. From then on, I dedicated every free moment I had to hone the practice. I’ve worked with Champions since 2014 and recently completed my 200 hr Yoga Teaching Certification in Hatha Yoga. With my fitness ADD, I love anything that combines, acrobatics, gymnastics, dance, aerial, and yoga. My regular hobbies include travel, silks/aerial yoga, and filming for my YouTube fitness channel. With my first true love being Acrobatic Yoga, my favorite thing to say is, “Lift people, not weights!”

My number one goal with coaching is to keep everyone safe, engaged, and having fun. I believe in using encouragement and creating a safe space to help my students progress. I enjoy breaking down skills to their most basic movements to practice slowly and accurately in order to build the proper muscle memory. This builds the foundation for advanced maneuvers as well as minimizes potential for injury.

 

Haley McKinney

Cheer & Acro Coach – Lake Travis

Coach Haley is the former owner and founder of 3F Fitness in Hudson Bend.  She is also the co-owner and co-founder of The Bow Shoppes.  Haley is a former competitive dancer and has a knack for choreography.  Haley works with the Acro & Tumbling team as well as with the school cheer programs, and is extremely proud of her 100% success rate for her athletes making their school cheer teams.  Haley lives in Lakeway with her husband, who coaches 3F Wrestling, and four precious kiddos.

 

 

Riley Bryars

Coach – Lake Travis

 

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Molly Goodyear

Coach – Lake Travis

 

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Karli Mayer

Coach – Lake Travis

 

Katie Jernigan

Coach – Lake Travis

 

Anika

Coach – WAYA / Central

Hannah Marks

Coach – Lake Travis

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