Meet Our Staff
Building Healthy, Confident Kids!
Beth Morphis, Co-Owner, President
Beth has been flipping all her life, dancing, acting, and eventually landing a spot on the first gymnastics team in Winston-Salem. Her love of the sport inspired her parents to open Salem Gymnastics Center in 1980 where she continued to teach and compete gymnastics, accepting a full gymnastics scholarship to Illinois State University. Fate dealt an interesting blow during the fall of her freshman year, when an uneven bar fall led to a torn ACL and reconstructive knee surgery. She spent the next four months in a full leg cast, six months on crutches and two years in rehab. She learned many things during this time, including both patience and a giant swing on bars, which she was the first ISU gymnast to compete. After college Beth came home and, along with her parents and husband, began running the family business. Beth has been a long time NC-USAG Board Member and a speaker at both USAG State and Regional Congresses, SwimConsultant seminars, and was an integral part of USAIGC Nationals from 1989-2001. Additionally, she has founded a business called GymStart, serves in lay leadership at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and loves to travel and listen to Jackson Browne. Beth is married to Kenny Morphis and has two awesome children, Jon and Page. She loves working at Salem with her husband, father and son, and feels very fortunate to have a job she looks forward to going to every day. Her hope is that the lives she touches will take the lessons learned and continue on to greatness wherever they go.
Kenny Morphis, Co-Owner, Head Coach
Kenny has been active in sports all his life. A native of North Carolina, Kenny’s family moved to West Berlin, Germany in 1963 where he grew up. Kenny attended the Berlin Military School system, graduating in 1977 from Berlin American High School where he was a member of the soccer and football teams. Upon returning to the US, he attended Gardner Webb College where he was a Physical Education major with a Psychology minor. Kenny was a member of his college tennis team as well as an avid intramural participant. Kenny began working at Salem in 1984 and has been Head Coach of the girl’s competitive teams for over 35 years. Kenny has coached numerous National Champions and NCAA scholarship recipients. He is a member of the 2011 Region 8 Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Kenny is married to Beth and they have two children, Jon and Page, who both work in the family business.
Frank Minter, Co-Owner, President Emeritus
In 1980 Frank saw a need for high level gymnastics in Winston-Salem and as such was instrumental in starting Salem Gymnastics. Frank earned an engineering degree from NC State and an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill. For most of his working career he was a representative for IBM located in Winston Salem. Frank is well traveled, enjoys scuba diving, spending time with his grandchildren, and driving his Mini Cooper. He loves to see children enjoy exercising and going home sweating and smiling!
Salem’s Administration & Customer Service
Adrienne Beauchamp, Director of Operations
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Adrienne was a competitive swimmer and diver from childhood into high-school. After high-school she attended St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, and completed her college education at Appalachian State University. Following her college years, Adrienne immediately entered the world of business where she worked for Republic Mortgage Insurance Company until she decided to stay at home with her children. After some time at home, she worked with Monkee’s Franchising, LLC where she was the Vice President of Operations. Between careers, when Salem opened the swim school, Adrienne re-connected with her love of the water and taught swim lessons at Salem! She also has her own company, Encore Retail Consulting. Adrienne remains involved in her church and enjoys spending time at the lake with her husband William and children Will and Maggie. She is very active in mentoring local business owners through the Forsyth Technical Community College Small Business Center. Adrienne is very passionate about business success, customer service, relationships and youth sports and fitness!
Charlene DeVito, Executive Administrator; Camps & Special Events Coordinator
Originally from upstate New York, Charlene was a competitive gymnast under the direction of former Russian National Gold Medalist Yury Tsykun, and studied dance at numerous dance studios for most of her childhood. After college she was the gymnastics and dance director for the Albany YMCA for ten years before moving to North Carolina and her current home at Salem Gymnastics. Over the years Charlene has coached numerous State, Regional and National Gymnasts and Dancers. She currently is the Executive Administrator of Salem, and is the Director of Camps, Parties & Special Events. Charlene lives in Clemmons with her husband Jeff and is the mom of Coby and Gracie.
Beth-Anne Brown, Business Office Manager
Beth-Anne started at Salem in 2002 as a manager and teacher for Karate International. She received her 1st Degree Black Belt in 1999 and is currently a 3rd degree Black Belt. She began working in the Salem office in 2006. Working for Salem was a natural transition considering she has had a child involved in every aspect of the Gym at one time or another. Her son, Dalton, got his Black Belt at Salem and was on Salem’s Cheer Extreme Co-ed team. Her daughter, Devin, was on the Salem Dance Team and has worked in the office as well as teaching dance and camps at Salem. Her daughter, Dani, was on Salem’s Gymnastics Team and is currently a gymnastics instructor. Beth-Anne has been married to David Brown for over 30 years and loves working with the public.
Geneva Diaz, Customer Service
Originally from Swansboro, NC, Geneva graduated from Swansboro High School where she was Varsity Captain of the cheer squad. After her husband spent eleven years in the Navy, they moved to Mocksville and bought their first home. In addition to working in the Front Office, Geneva is currently pursuing a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Management at Liberty University, with graduation set for next year. She has a golden retriever named Ryleigh and two boys, Carson and Logan, who will both be taking classes here at Salem. Says Geneva “Salem Gym has been a welcome part of the transition to this part of the state. I love the atmosphere and everyone I have met thus far!”
Summer Johnson, Customer Service
Summer was born and raised in Woodstock, GA. Growing up, she studied dance for six years and was a competitive gymnast through level 7 before transitioning fully to sidelines, competitive and All-Star cheerleading during high school. She then attended Georgia Southern University where she cheered on the Co-Ed squad all four years. Her senior year, the Co-Ed team won an NCA National Title for the first time in school history. After graduation, she once-again tapped into her love of travel and children and spent a year as an au pair in Australia. After that, she relocated to Winston-Salem to begin her career as a Varsity Spirit Sales Representative. Summer is thrilled to work at Salem Gymnastics & Swim and looks forward to meeting you. She promises to go above and beyond to help, even if you are an App State fan 😉
Maggie Beauchamp, Lobby Greeter
Maggie is currently a student at Reagan High School. She loves to get outside to exercise and spend time with her family. Maggie enjoys playing field hockey and lacrosse for Reagan along with being a member of many clubs. She loves to work with kids and is always having fun!
Ella McFerrin, Lobby Greeter
Ella is a student at Mount Tabor High School where she is a part of many honors societies and service clubs. Ella has a great passion for helping others, and is an active member in her community. Ella has played many sports, but mainly volleyball for the last 9 years. She also loves to travel, spend time with her dog and play games with her family. One of her favorite things about working at Salem is how inclusive it is and how much the staff cares about the students.
Jeff DeVito, Recreational Gymnastics Head Coach
“Mr. Jeff” is from upstate New York and moved to North Carolina for college, golf, and his love for the Tarheels. If someone had told Jeff when he was growing up that he would end up being a gymnastics coach, he would have told them that they were crazy. However, in 1991 Jeff took a summer job at Salem “flipping kids” and has never looked back. “I’m very happy that I took that job because I love coaching and I look forward to going to work everyday.” Jeff does a little of everything at the gym, serving as Head Coach for the Gymnastics program, Tumbleweed teacher, Team Coach, head of Buildings & Grounds, and anything else that is needed. He is also in charge of staff training – “its fun to pass on what I have learned to new staff members.” Over the years Jeff has been a speaker at NC State clinics and always draws a crowd. Jeff is married to Ms Charlene who also works at Salem and has two children, Coby (a UNC-CH grad!) and Gracie.
Heather Stafford – Recreational Gymnastics Director
“Ms. Heather” is from Kernersville, NC and has been involved in gymnastics since she was four years old. She is a former Level 8 competitive gymnast. After meeting some great goals of hers at the Southeast Regional Level 8 Championships in 1999, she transitioned into cheerleading which she continued to pursue for the next 10 years. She continued to use her foundational tumbling skills from gymnastics throughout her competitive and collegiate cheerleading years. Heather attended UNC Wilmington and Appalachian State University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2009. She has been coaching gymnastics for nearly a decade and has taught kindergarten as well. She has a passion for working with children and values the opportunity to teach life lessons through coaching gymnastics.
Arien Young, Girl’s Team Asst. Head Coach & Administrator
Arien is originally from Beaufort, N.C. and has spent most of her life dedicated to the sport of gymnastics. She was coached by Mike Underwood through USAG Level 10 and was a member of the 2002 Region 8 JO National Team. Arien continued her gymnastics career at North Carolina State University where she specialized on balance beam. In her sophomore year she suffered an ankle injury that prevented her from competing for two seasons. It was during this time that she fell more in love with coaching and motivating her teammates. This time helped shaped her into the coach that she is today. Upon graduating from N.C. State with a Undergrad in Sports Management she decided to move to the Winston-Salem area where she got to work with and learn from her club gymnastics coach, Mike. Fast forward 12 years later, she has had coaching success at the State and Regional level and is eager and excited to create young and well-balanced gymnasts. Arien and her husband, Chris Young where married in June of 2013 and they have two young boys, Skylar and Layton. They hope to continue to spread the joys of gymnastics and encourage the youth in our community!
Chris Young – Boy’s Team Head Coach
Chris started gymnastics right here at Salem Gymnastics when he was 9½ years old. He trained at Salem with his longtime coach and mentor, Bob Kohut, through high school, becoming back-to-back National Vault Champion in 1991-1992. Chris attended the University of Minnesota, then came back to North Carolina to train again with Bob to chase his dream of becoming an Olympian. In 1997 Chris moved to the Olympic Training Center where he became a National Team member. He went on to compete for the USA Men’s National Team in the Pan-American Games where the team won the Silver Medal. Next, Chris earned a spot on the 1999 World Championship Team that took 6th in the world, helping the USA to qualify for the 2000 Olympic Games. An Achilles tear in January 2000 stopped his Olympic dream from coming to fruition, however he did compete at the 2000 Olympic Trails. Chris has coached boys gymnastics ever since then, and now he is back where it all started.
Chris’ dream is to help the boys that he coaches become strong men in their community. He is married to Salem coach Arien, and has four children: C.J, Christiana, Skylar & Layton.
Dani Brown – Tumbleweeds Curriculum Coordinator
Dani has been involved at Salem most of her life. She started at age 3 in the Little Dragon martial arts program at Salem. After achieving the rank of Green Belt at age 7, she switched to gymnastics where she quickly moved up the ranks, joining the USAG team and competing through Level 5. At Reagan High School she was a Varsity Cheerleader and Captain. She began volunteer coaching at Salem when she was 14 and worked throughout high school and into college. She moved to Charlotte where she continued to coach gymnastics, and then returned home to the Salem staff with more than 10 years’ coaching experience.
Tiffany Prohaska – School-aged Gymnastics Curriculum Coordinator
Tiffany grew up outside Raleigh, and has done gymnastics as long as she can remember. She is the youngest of 5 girls in her family, all of who have been involved in gymnastics. Her oldest two sisters are coaches now as well! “I remember my older sisters spotting me on cool tricks when I was in preschool.” Says Tiffany. “That developed such a deep love for the sport which I now get to pass on to so many at Salem!” She competed off and on until the age of 16 and retired as Novice State Champion and 3rd Place All-Around for Level 6. She got back in the gym last year after bringing her 2 year old son Levi to the parent/tot class at Salem. “I have so much joy coming to work, knowing I get to do what I love again!” says Tiffany.
Mya grew up in Michigan and moved to Winston Salem in 2015. She has always been athletic, and was a self-taught gymnast before coming to Salem Gymnastics. A Reagan High School student, Mya has loved gymnastics ever since she started at Salem and can’t stay out of the gym. Mya loves working at Salem and wants to help kids achieve their goals every day.
Jessica practiced in several sports before she found gymnastics. At age 11 she started gymnastics at Salem, and is a member of the Excel Team. Her favorite events are vaulting and floor. She is a student at Reagan High School, and when she is not at school or in the gym she likes to hang with friends. Jessica aspires one day to be a lawyer or competitive gymnastics coach. Says Jessica, “I love working with kids to help improve their skills”
Rachel got her start in gymnastics at the age of 4 at Salem Gymnastics. Since then, she has competed on both the Flip Force and the Salem competitive teams. There’s barely a day that goes by where she isn’t in the gym, whether it’s coaching the young athletes or continuing to train with her teammates. After graduating from the Early College of Forsyth, she intends to major in Exercise Science and pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Rachel loves having the opportunity to work with kids each day in such a welcoming environment.
Sam was born in Dallas, Texas and moved to Winston-Salem Salem when he was young. At age 5 he began gymnastics at Salem and competed all the way up through high school. He was on both the Salem and Flip Force competition teams where he earned many accomplishments including Academic All-American Awards, qualifying for Regionals, Nationals, and the North Carolina Elite team. Sam is currently a student at UNCG where he plans to major in business administration. And most importantly he love being able to coach kids at the sport he loves most. Says Sam, “Don’t be afraid to love even the smallest of things.”
Beau has been involved in gymnastics his whole life. He started preschool classes at 3 years old in Greensboro where his coaches noticed his talent from the start. As a boy he also played baseball, basketball and soccer and was also involved in martial arts, but gymnastics was the one sport that he always loved and was devoted to. Beau joined the power tumbling and trampoline team at Tumblebees in Greensboro where he competed from the age of 8 up until he was 18 – and won 4 U.S. National Championship Titles! He started coaching at the age of 16 and it quickly became his new passion. In 2005 he started working for the world’s largest traveling camp company for tumbling and cheerleading, Spring Tumbling Camps. He coached in all parts of the U.S. as well as Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Paris, France! He has been on staff for major gymnastics and cheerleading camps including Lake Owen (Wisconsin) and Cheer/Gym (Montreal). He views his greatest achievement by far to be playing a role in getting aspiring athletes onto high school and college teams. Beau works in all areas of the company.
Macy began gymnastics at the age of six and excelled quickly through the sport, spending five years as a Level 10 gymnast. She earned a full gymnastics scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, where she is currently taking online classes. Macy is from Jamestown, NC and loves playing music, singing, and playing with her dogs. Says Macy “My favorite thing about coaching is passing my knowledge to the kids and helping them be not only the best athlete they can be but also helping them grow as individuals.”
Olivia has been involved in gymnastics at Salem since she was two years old. A student at Calvary Day School, she has a great love and compassion for gymnastics and wants to share that with the kids at Salem Gymnastics & Swim. Says Olivia, “I love gymnastics and hope that, by teaching kids, I will help them learn to love it just as much as I do.”
Abigail started gymnastics at age of 7, and immediately fell in love with the sport. She came to Salem at age 8 where she was a competitive gymnast for many years. Alongside gymnastics, she has been dancing since age of 2 and continues to dance competitively. Wanting to stay in the Salem family, Abigail now loves to share her passion of the sport by teaching kids about gymnastics. Abigail is currently a student at West Forsyth High School, where she excels in academics and participates in many clubs. Abigail says, “I want to see kids believe and achieve within themselves.”
Annel grew up in Mexico where she was a gymnast for five years. She was on the competitive team and traveled a lot. An injury stopped her gymnastics career and she turned to all kinds of other sports such as basketball, volleyball, dance, ballet, and weightlifting where she learned that being a gymnast gives you the foundation to be good in any sport! In college Annel returned to gymnastics, this time as both an athlete and a coach. After graduating from college she moved to the USA and has been looking forward to the chance to share her passion and knowledge about gymnastics with the children here.
Nikole currently lives in North Davidson County and grew up in South Florida where she was a competitive gymnast under the legendary Tim Rand for many years. She moved to the Charlotte, NC area after high school and got her first taste of coaching while attending college. During that time she coached pre-school through team at two well known gyms in the Charlotte area. Once receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Civil Engineering she decided to pursue a career in engineering. Nikole has been busy as an engineer and raising a family including two daughters, a son, and a German Shepard. She enjoys watching her children play their favorite sports and activities, as well as sewing and reading when she can find time!
Abbie grew up participating in gymnastics here at Salem and competed for Salem’s first Prep-Op team (now called XCEL). She switched to cheerleading when she got to Mt. Tabor High School in order to follow her dreams of becoming a D1 athlete in college. Her hard work paid off when she made the Small Co-Ed cheer team at N.C. State University her freshman year. Abbie’s love for the sport of gymnastics has never left and she has been coaching preschool, recreational, and XCEL teams in Raleigh for the last four years. After living in Raleigh for 10 years, Abbie says, “It feels great to come home to Salem!”
Edwin is a native of Colombia, South America where he was a competitive gymnast for ten years. He attended the Universidad del Atlántico where he earned a degree in Physical Education and played college tennis. Edwin then worked as a PE teacher for seven years in Barranquilla-Colombia. In addition, he coached gymnastics in Colombia for eight years and ran a cheerleading club for five years. In 2013, Edwin moved to the US and began working as a Boys Team coach. “Gymnastics is my passion and I always enjoy working with kids and helping to develop them by teaching them valuable lessons in the gym and in life”.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Naci moved to Winston-Salem to be close to family. Naci showed a love for gymnastics from the early age of 4. She taught herself to do cartwheels and swung on every bar she could find. She was introduced to gymnastics at the age of 6, and returned to the gym when she was 11 years old when she quickly worked her way to the Level 5 team. Once in High School the Varsity Cheer coach insisted she try out for the Cheer Team. Naci fell in love with Cheer, which incorporated gymnastics, dance, and teamwork. Naci loves to work with children and is excited to be working with children as a staff member at Salem Gymnastics. Naci says, “Being able to teach kids confidence and hard work is the greatest accomplishment.”
Jon has been part of Salem Gymnastics for his entire life. Son of the owners, he has participated in gymnastics, martial arts, camps, Parent Nights Out, and had many birthday parties here. As he grew, Jon helped in many areas of the company while also playing Varsity soccer all four years of high school. Jon works as boy’s gymnastics coach and girl’s recreational gymnastics instructor.
Grace got her start in gymnastics at the age of 8 at Flip Force Gymnastics. Since then, she has competed on both the Flip Force and the Salem competitive teams. She had to retire at the age of 16 due to an injury, but that hasn’t stopped her from coming into Salem Gymnastics to help out and work with the young athletes. After graduating from Glenn High School, she intends to go to East Carolina University to continue her academics and eventually pursue a career as an Ortho Surgeon. She also hopes to join the Air Force after gaining her degree. Grace loves working alongside her coworkers and with the kids at Salem Gymnastics to help them achieve their goals.
Lauren is a student at UNC Greensboro studying Kinesiology with a plan to go to Physical Therapy school. A resident of Charlotte, she spent almost 15 years at Perfect Balance Training Center (Formerly International Gymnastics). For 4 years she was in recreational classes, 6 years were spent competing on the USAG team, and for almost 5 years she was on coaching staff. Her favorite events to compete in were floor and beam, while her favorite events to coach are floor and bars. Says Lauren, “I am more than excited to be coaching at Salem, as coaching the sport that taught me most of my major life lessons is something I don’t think I will every stop being incredibly passionate about.”
Brittany is a long time member of the Salem family. Growing up, she was a member of the Salem Gymnastics competitive team. Upon graduation from West Forsyth High School she entered into the United States Army. After serving ten years in the army including two tours overseas, Brittany was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. She attributes her military success to the athleticism and discipline that she learned from gymnastics. Brittany completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Winston Salem State University where she was a collegiate softball player, and is currently earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Human Performance from Liberty University. Brittany is married and has a daughter who is currently a Salem gymnast, just like her mom.
Haidyn is a senior at Wake Forest University studying Health and Exercise Science in hopes of attending Medical School in the future. She is a Pole Vaulter on the Women’s Track and Field team at Wake. Previous to my track career, she was a Level 10 gymnast in Longwood, Florida competing for the highly regarded ACE Gymnastics team. She competed gymnastics for 15 years before making the decision to retire. Says Haidyn “Gymnastics has always held my heart as it is a beautiful sport that comes with incredible challenges. Without gymnastics, I would not be who I am today. I have the utmost respect for this sport and I am excited to become a member at Salem Gymnastics coaching. I enjoyed every coach I have ever worked with as everyone was so different and brought a different perspective on how to accomplish and overcome certain things not only in gymnastics but in life too. It feels awesome to be back in the gym again and I hope to bring some new perspective for the gymnasts during my time here!”
A high school student at Calvary Day School, Grace has spent the majority of her life in gymnastics. She has so much passion for this sport, and loves doing the vault the most. Grace enjoys doing art and spending time with her family and friends. She plans to pursue engineering or architecture after college. Grace loves teaching gymnastics and being with little children.
Alexis Demmitt – Aquatics Director
Alexis began swimming as a young child when her family became members of the local pool. She loved it, and quickly became one of their most frequent attendees. She continued to swim through the years, and with her high school in Provo, Utah. In college, at Utah Valley University, she pursued her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher, and spent a year working in a kindergarten classroom, loving every minute. Her school career was put in hold when she had a baby girl of her own. She now has two beautiful girls who have attended both gymnastics and swim at Salem Gym. Alexis’ love of teaching and children has kept her in the classroom-working in local preschools. She is excited for this opportunity to broaden her teaching horizons and work more with kids.
Rebecca Gordon – Assistant Aquatics Director
Rebecca graduated from UNC Asheville in the spring of 2014 and joined the Episcopal Service Corps, living a year of service, working as the Youth Programs Coordinator for Habitat Forsyth. She has also worked as the Director of Youth Ministries for Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, GA. Rebecca came back to Winston-Salem, loving our town and loving to work with kids! “Having always loved swimming, I’m excited to be a swim instructor for Salem Swim!”
Swimming has been a huge part of Caleb’s life ever since he learned to swim at the age of 3. He is a graduate of FTCC with a certification in collision repair. When he is not in the pool, he enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to music. Says Caleb “I’ve always enjoyed being around kids and love to see them progress and become great swimmers.”
Seth started swimming when he was a baby and has loved it ever since. A student at Reagan High School, Seth enjoys family time and hanging out with friends. He also races four wheelers and does Crossfit. Says Seth “Swimming is very important because I am around water all the time”.
Abbey loves working with kids and has always enjoyed babysitting and volunteering for kids ministries. She started swimming at a young age and did swim team in the summers for a few years. She is a student at Calvary Day School where she also plays varsity tennis. Says Abbey “I just have always loved the pool and being in the water!”
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Kris learned to swim at the YWCA when she was two years old. She continued to love the water, and participated on swim teams throughout her teenage years. Kris has fifteen years of management experience and is a leader at Salem Swim. Says Kris “My passion is watching children grow and learn.”
Emercyn has always had a passion for helping kids. She has 3 siblings and has been babysitting since she was 12, which lead her to this job. She also was on a competitive swim team for three years, which gave her a passion for the water. Emercyn is a student at West Forsyth high school and also is a competitive cheerleader. Emercyn has always had a competitive edge which helps her to really push the kids to achieve their goals. “This job is extremely rewarding. The satisfaction of seeing the children progress is beyond compare!” Says Emercyn. She looks forward to teaching your children!
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Gray learned to swim at his local pool at a young age, and has enjoyed swimming at the pool each summer. He also plays football for Atkins High School and likes to hang out with his friends.
Noah has loved swimming ever since he was little. He began swimming when he was four years old and joined the neighborhood swim team as soon as he was big enough. In addition to swimming, Noah plays the guitar and is an Eagle Scout. He currently attends Atkins High School.
Because his mother was a lifeguard at the local pool, Parker began swimming when he was just a few days old and has loved the water ever since! He grew up in suburb of Houston, Texas, where there was an abundance of neighborhood pools and where he spent his sunny summer days swimming. He loves being in the water, whether oceans, lakes, rivers, creaks, or pools, and feels most comfortable in the water.
Parker graduated college in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in English. He loves being with kids, and has been working for the past year here in Winston-Salem with the Centers for Exceptional Children. Besides swimming and teaching children, Parker enjoys poetry, the color green, and baking bread.
Says Parker, “I am so excited to help my students master the ability to swim so that they can enjoy all the fun and healthful benefits water activities provide!”
Olivia is a student at Mount Tabor High school, where she has played lacrosse for four years. After graduation, she plans to attend college. Says Olivia “I’m so glad I took this job. I love working with children and seeing their progress over time and the smiles on their faces.”
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Brayden loves the water. He is currently enrolled at Reagan High School and hopes to be a pharmacist. In addition to swimming, Brayden is a black belt in taekwondo and placed 3rd in the nation for blue belt poomsae. He is happy to join his sister, Britten, as a swim instructor at Salem.
Britten is a senior at Reagan High School. She is attending Rowan Cabarrus Community College to become an occupational therapy assistant next fall. Britten has been swimming as long as she can remember. She also loves to work with kids. In the future she wants to work with special abilities kids as an occupational therapist assistant . Britten loves being around kids and interacting with them. She has babysat countless times. Britten says “I️ love seeing these kids each week and watching them make progress in swimming.”
Megan has been swimming ever since she was 2 years old, and her absolute favorite summer activity growing up was going to the pool. Currently, she is a student at FTCC studying criminal justice technology/forensic science. Says Megan “I love being around children and watching them make progress, as well as seeing the smiles on their faces when they enjoy the pool as much as I do!”
Ella Rose, a student at Mount Tabor High School, has always loved swimming. For as long as she can remember, she has loved going to the lake, beach and pool with her family and friends. She swam on the swim team at Westwood Club in elementary school, and over the years she has participated in tumbling, field hockey and cross country. Ella currently plays on the varsity tennis team at Mount Tabor. She is passionate about working with children, and she enjoys volunteering in the children’s ministry at her church. Ella says, “I love helping others because it always puts me in a good mood.”
Sharon has always had a love for being in the water; she could swim before she could walk. She grew up in Florida and her earliest memories are of swimming, water skiing, boating and fishing. Sharon and her husband Rick and their two daughters, Ashley and Blaire, moved to Winston-Salem two decades ago. Sharon recently retired from being the Director of Children’s Ministry at First Presbyterian church. Now that she has some free time, Sharon says: “I am excited to be an instructor at Salem swim which allows me to combine my love for children and the water”.
Keenan is a high school homeschool student who loves many sports. In addition to teaching swimming, he has also coached fencing. He has loved swimming as long as he can remember, and always finds time to swim.
Mitchell is a student at ASU studying advertising. He has loved water since he was a young child, and never passes up an opportunity to go swimming. He taught his younger brothers how to swim, and is pleased to have one of them working with him at Salem. When not in the water, Mitchell likes to hang out with his friends and ride his motorcycle.