Gymnastics Coaches & Instructors

Robin Deary Fillmore

Owner of Deary’s Gymnastics and instructor to all
Which classes you teach?

Team Girls & UCONN club team

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started gymnastics at age 12 at Koinonia. I competed all the way to division 1 which in now level 10 and reached regionals and nationals. I graduated from Southern Connecticut State where I competed for four years. ALL East on bars and floor and ALL American on beam. Since starting Deary’s in 1982 I have been to all regional and national congresses. I still love watching coaching and being around gymnastics.

CT high school coach of the year 1990, 1997, 1999 & 2003
CIAC coach of the year 1996 & 2012
USA gymnastics award for CT 2003 & 2010

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress, Meet Director, CIAC Coaches Association, NAIGC coaching member

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Yellow

What is the coolest part about your job?

Watching my staff grow as they coach the next generation of athletes in my gym.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If it’s meant to be it will happen.”

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Marco Island, Florida

Kasey Tocchio

Pre-team coach, Team coach, Head Team Coordinator
Which classes you teach?

Team Girls

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I have been a part of Deary's since I was born. I started competing at the age of 7 and finished my last 4 years of high school as a level 10 gymnast making JO Nationals my junior and senior year. I also competed for Killingly High School where I was inducted into their hall of fame in 2017. I continued my gymnastics on a full division 1 scholarship to Bowling Green State University where I competed at NCAA Regionals my junior and senior year as an all around gymnast. I began helping at the gym when I was very young and continued coaching through my high school and college years. I returned to Deary's once I graduated and have been the head JO girls coach and team coordinator ever since.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress, Meet Director, CIAC Coaches Association

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

royal blue

What is the coolest part about your job?

I love watching gymnasts grow into amazing people.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don't. And believe everything happens for a reason...if you get the chance take it; if it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it would be easy...they just promised it'd be worth it."

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Marco Island, Florida

Cassidy Jae Ricci

Class instructor
Which classes you teach?

Tiny Tots, Preschool, One Hour Girls

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I found my passion for teaching when I started at The Studio 114 as a Yoga, Dance Fit and Zumba instructor. I was lucky enough to cross paths with our owner Robin and soon after was given the opportunity to be part of the Deary’s Gymnastics family. I instantly fell in love with the sport and my tiny athletes right away.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Jazzberry Jam

What is the coolest part about your job?

Being able to laugh all day every day, always learning something new and of course, all of our kids!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"Nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile"

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Florence, Italy & London, England

Justine Dexter

Class instructor, Pre-team coach, Team coach
Which classes you teach?

Tiny Tots, Preschool, One Hour Girls, Level 1, Level 2, Team Girls, Tumbling

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started gymnastics at the age of 7 and fell in love instantly. I pursued the sport, ultimately competing as a level 10 gymnast and continued on to compete at the college level at Southern Connecticut State University. I have been coaching for well over 10 years and enjoy working with the variety of ages and levels!

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress, CIAC Coaches Association

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Pink

What is the coolest part about your job?

I love that I get to wear athletic clothes every day and pass my knowledge and love for the sport onto young gymnasts.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"Life is so much better when you're laughing"

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Disney will forever be my favorite place to travel to/favorite place that I've traveled to!

Jourdan Fulchino

Class instructor, Team coach, Birthday Party Director
Which classes you teach?

Tiny Tots, Preschool, One Hour Girls, Two Hour Girls, Team Girls, Tumbling

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started gymnastics at Deary's when I was 4 years old and continued throughout high school as a level 9. Some of my accomplishments were making the regional team as a level 8 gymnast and being a part of the Woodstock Academy Gymnastics team from 2012-2016. I was also captain of the Woodstock Academy Gymnastics team my senior year. I began coaching at Deary's 5 years ago.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Orange

What is the coolest part about your job?

I think the coolest part of my job is being able to watch all of the kids grow up as well as watching them progress with gymnastics.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs” ― Zig Ziglar

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Niagara Falls, Canada

Brittany Otto

Class instructor, Team coach
Which classes you teach?

Advanced Beginner, Two Hour Girls, Level 1, Level 2, Tumbling

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

Yes, I started gymnastics at the age of five at Deary's! I competed USAG for Deary's and was on the high school team at Killingly High School. In college I competed for Southern CT State University for 4 years before returning home to coach at Deary's in 2010.

Certifications / Trainings
Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Pine Green, Fern, & Denim.
What is the coolest part about your job?
Seeing the moment a gymnast understands and applies a concept of a drill/skill.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
"A great flame follows a little spark" -Dante Alighieri
What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Vermont & San Diego, CA.

Nicole Fallens

Class instructor, Pre-team coach, Team coach
Which classes you teach?

Preschool, One Hour Girls, Advanced Beginner, Bronze, Team Girls, Tumbling

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started gymnastics at the age of 9 at Dream Big Gymnastics. Throughout the years I competed on team up to level 7 and won second place at states. Then after I decided to compete on excel diamond for my last year in gymnastics. At 18 I decided to start coaching at Dearys gymnastics.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

If I were a crayon I would be deep space sparkle

What is the coolest part about your job?

I love watching gymnasts grow into amazing people.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"Tough times never last, but tough people do."

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

 My favorite place I traveled to is Canada.

Matthew Tocchio

Class instructor, Team coach
Which classes you teach?

Two Hour Boys, Team Boys

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started recreational gymnastics classes when I was 5 and joined the competitive team when I was 8 years old. I did gymnastics at a family owned club, a lot like Deary’s, in Massachusetts called Ellis School of Gymnastics. During my time as a USAG gymnast, I qualified for three Junior Olympic Championships. Once as a level 9 and twice as a level 10. I also started my coaching career while training at Ellis teaching boys and girls recreational classes as well as helping the younger team boys. After high school, I went on to Springfield College to continue competing as an NCAA athlete. Some achievements while at Springfield include: two time captain my junior and senior year, all conference on pommel horse, division II/III all american on pommel horse, and a two time qualifier for the division I national championships on pommel horse. After completing my gymnastics career in 2010, I continued my studies at Springfield College and was the assistant coach of the gymnastics program. Receiving the conference assistant coach of the year award and nominated for the assistant coach of the year across all NCAA programs. I found myself at Deary’s Gymnastics in 2014 taking over the boys team program. Since then, I have coached almost every class offered, but mostly stick to boy’s gymnastics.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Yellow. Always has been my favorite color.

What is the coolest part about your job?

Getting to watch athletes work hard towards goals and that moment when the goal is achieved.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Oh the places you will go.” - Dr. Suess

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

St. Lucia. Such a beautiful island.

Kelly Davidson

Team coach
Which classes you teach?

Team Girls

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started gymnastics at the age of 9. I competed at level 10 for USAG and went on to compete at Southern Connecticut State University. Upon graduating, I held the beam, bars, and all-around.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Blue

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Watching children progress as a gymnast and a person.

What is the coolest part about your job?

Watching children progress as a gymnast and a person.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

You have 3 choices in life; give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Montana, Wyoming, Colorado

Michelle Wildowsky

Pre-team coach, Team coach
Which classes you teach?

Level 1, Team Girls

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started gymnastics around the age of 4. I competed many years at Deary's Gymnastics before becoming a coach when I was 16. When I first started coaching I taught 1 hour and preschool classes, before eventually becoming a team coach. Now I coach level 1 and the team girls, and enjoy every moment of it!

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Blue

What is the coolest part about your job?

The coolest part of my job is watching kids grow. It is amazing to see kids who start their gymnastics career at 4 and 5 years old become not only amazing high school and college gymnasts, but become amazing people as well.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"A champion is defined not by their wins, but by how they can recover when they fall." - Serena Williams

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

I have been lucky to travel to many places in my life, so it is too hard to pick just one! My favorites would be Paris, Australia, and anywhere in the Caribbean!

Lexie Gevry

Class instructor, Team coach
Which classes you teach?

Tiny Tots, Preschool, One Hour Girls, Advanced Beginner, Team Girls

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started gymnastics when I was 6 years old and I competed through high school. My senior year I captained the class S state champions and I was regional beam champion. I began teaching a few classes when I was in high school and began coaching more after graduation.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Green

What is the coolest part about your job?

Getting to know all the kids!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind”

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

Hailey Cummings

Class instructor, Team coach
Which classes you teach?
Preschool, One Hour Girls, Advanced Beginner, Team Girls, Tumbling
Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?
Yes, started gymnastics around the age of 5 at dearys and continued through level 9. Began coaching in 2015
Certifications / Trainings
Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Forest Green
What is the coolest part about your job?
Building a relationship with the children!
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take”
What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Bahamas

Carissa Tiffany

Class instructor
Which classes you teach?

Preschool, Two Hour Girls, Team Girls

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I did gymnastics but started at age 12. I was passionate about it, though, and I competed for the high school team at Woodstock Academy my junior and senior years. I started coaching right after high school at age 18.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Teal

What is the coolest part about your job?

I absolutely love seeing kids excited about making progress- no matter how big or small! Their smiles make my day!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right” -Henry Ford

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Madrid, Spain

Jennifer Plecs

Team coach
Which classes you teach?

Team Girls

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started gymnastics at age 4 and continued through age 18. I competed High School and USAG through Level 8. When I went to college I switched over to springboard diving. After college, I realized how much I missed the sport, so I started coaching! I have also achieved a Level 9 rating as a gymnastics judge.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Blue

What is the coolest part about your job?

Working with the kids!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." -- Michael Jordan

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Kauai, HI

Brendan Trajanowski

Class instructor
Which classes you teach?

Preschool, One Hour Girls, One Hour Boys, Tumbling

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started doing gymnastics at Deary’s in 2012 taking tumbling classes. In 2013, I joined the men’s gymnastic’s team. Soon afterwords, in 2015, I started coaching one hour boys and girls classes.

Certifications / Trainings
Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid, USA Gymnastics Professional Member, USA Gymnastics Safety Certification, 2018 National Gymnastics Congress
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

If I could be any color crayon, I would choose to be the Christmas Red crayon!

What is the coolest part about your job?

The coolest part about my job is to be able to be an influence and teach each child not only gymnastics, but important life lessons as well.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

Set your goals, follow your dreams, listen to your heart and don’t let anything stand in your way.

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Illinois

Ali Crescimanno

Class instructor
Which classes you teach?

Preschool, One Hour Girls, Bronze, Tumbling

Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?

I started gymnastics when i was 4 years old at Dearys Gymnastics. I got up to level 9 and then decided to stick with just high school gymnatics through Woodstock Academy. I started coaching at Deary’s when i was 15 years old.

Certifications / Trainings

Safe Sport, CPR & First Aid

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Blue
What is the coolest part about your job?

Getting to watch these kids grow up and love the sport just like I did

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Mexico

Jordan Brunsdon

Class instructor, Front Desk
Which classes you teach?
Preschool, One Hour Girls
Did you do gymnastics? When did you start? Where/Level/Accomplishments/ When you began coaching?
I did Gymnastics when I was young. I just recently began training to coach Preschool classes and One Hour Girls classes.
Certifications / Trainings
CPR & First Aid
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Cerulean
What is the coolest part about your job?
Meeting all of the talented gymnasts that attend Deary's Gymnastics as well as having the opportunity of getting to know them through coaching!
What is one of your favorite quotes?
"Those who danced in the rain were thought to be crazy to those who could not hear the music."
What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Texas

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