June Ralston founded Junebug’s Gym in November of 2008. She was looking to create a positive, fun and supportive environment to give children self confidence and self esteem in themselves. She hopes to help children find joy in movement and being fit.
A mother of three, and with over 20 years of experience working with the preschool aged child, June has focused her efforts in large motor skill development. June comes from a background of competitive gymnastics, ballet, modern dance, theater and horse vaulting at an international level. She brings her joy of movement and imagination to every class.
June completed her A.S. Degree with honors in Early Childhood Education at Cabrillo College in June 2012. She is also Safety Certified with USA Gymnastics and has completed the course “Fundamentals of Gymnastics” through the University of Gymnastics, USA Gymnastics. She continues her education through workshops and classes to keep herself and her staff current in their teaching methods.
“I enjoy watching children learn new ways to move their bodies. Children have this natural desire to jump, hang, balance, run, roll, etc. and my goal is to bring children to a place where they feel in control of their bodies and themselves. I feel strongly about the importance of children learning fundamental motor skills. Preschool gymnastics and basic motor development sets a foundation for a positive experience to be active and fit. More importantly, brain development is greatly enhanced through early motor skill development.”
MaryLou is our administrative assistant and has been a member of the JuneBug’s family from the beginning in 2008. Married with three grown children, she has lived in Santa Cruz all her life. After working in the finance industry for 22 years, she volunteered at Mar Vista elementary for 5 years doing yard duty and assisting in the classroom. She is a talented seamstress and makes the best caramels around!
Eurees Vue is finishing her degree at University of California, Santa Cruz in Molecular, Cellular and developmental Biology. She previously worked at the Early Education Services on campus as a teacher assistant, and she took several courses in child development. During her childhood, she did recreational gymnastics through cheer programs for 9 years and dance for 7 years. She is certified with USA gymnastics “Preschool Fundamentals” and is trained in pre team, school-age, beginning level competitive level 1-4 gymnastics and recreational gymnastics. Through her love for learning and teaching, she became an instructor at JuneBug’s Gym.
Jill Fox has been involved in gymnastics for 30 years. She started the sport when she was six years old and began competing at eight. Growing up in Michigan, she would commute an hour and a half, both ways, to practice and train with, John Geddert, a 2012 Olympic Team Coach. She made it to the Elite level but, after graduating from high school, she decided it was time to retire from competitive gymnastics to pursue other interests. However, she remains very involved in other aspects of the sport, especially since her mother owns a leotard manufacturing company. She moved to Santa Cruz in 2012 and loves teaching the Jitterbugs Classes at Junebugs Gym She is also a yoga teacher and practitioner.
Amy Addington lives in Santa Cruz with her husband, two kids (ages 9 and 11), and one crazy dog. She is a former competitive gymnast. She began teaching preschool gymnastics while getting her degree in Modern Literature at UCSC. She has worked as a day- and sleepover-camp counselor, as well as in publications and graphic design. She currently enjoys volunteering as the yearbook coordinator for her son’s elementary school. In her free time, she loves to read, run, sew, cook, bake, and hang out with her family.
As an athlete, coach, and superfan, artistic gymnastics has been a central part of Daniel’s life for more than twenty years. He started gymnastics in St. Louis, Missouri as a rambunctious seven year-old in need of an energy outlet. When his family moved to Iowa two years later, Daniel had the opportunity to train under Olympic gold medalist Dmitri Trouch and to travel the country as a competitive gymnast. Daniel moved to Santa Cruz after high school, and in 2008 he completed a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior at UCSC. He started coaching preschool and recreational gymnastics part-time during college and fell in love with seeing his students gain confidence and achieve their goals in the sport. For the past six years, Daniel was the head coach of a competitive boys team based in Santa Cruz, criss-crossing the Western U.S. with his team of flipping munchkins. Daniel is currently pursuing a career in education, and he is excited to be a part of the team at JuneBug’s Gym.
Ashley is currently receiving her Associates Degree in Child Development. She is an advocate for children and animals. Her passions include education, yoga, gardening, and hiking. She thrives to be intentional with everything she does and says.
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Ava Hart is a growing Santa Cruz resident. She is a high school student at Aptos High School and is part of her school’s dance team. Ava also participates in a rigorous dance program at Pacific Arts Complex. During rehearsals and performances, Ava assisted her teachers with the toddlers and younger children.