Partners & Staff

Meet the Kidtastics Team

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Heidi Neuman (Partner/ Supervisor)

Heidi Neuman is originally from Lake Villa, IL where she started dancing when she was three years old. She trained at a local studio for 17 years where she competed and performed all over the country winning different awards. She moved to Arizona 1999 and has been teaching dance, gymnastics, and swim ever since.

Heidi lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Nick and their beautiful son, Ethan who was born 9/11/2011.

Heidi strives to teach ALL children how to move with the music, be imaginative, and self-expression is strongly encouraged. “If it’s the last dance, dance backwards!”

 

Laurie Ball (Partner/ Supervisor)

Laurie Ball is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Real Estate with a minor in Communications and International Business. Laurie is a native to Arizona and has been working and teaching children for the past 12 years. She was a competitive gymnast and swimmer while growing up in Tucson. As of 2015, Laurie lives in the Scottsdale area with her husband, Dave and their beautiful son, Evan who was born 3/5/2014.

Laurie’s passion for the water shows in her teaching efforts year round in her accomplishment in teaching kids water safety.

Laurie prides herself on encouraging ALL children to stay active through sports, extra-curricular activities, and to be a champion in all that they do.

 

Bethany Baumer (Dance Instructor & Office Manager)

Bethany Baumer is an Arizona native and a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education. Bethany began dancing at 9 years old and has continued ever since. She spent most of her high school years teaching various forms of dance at her neighborhood Boys and Girls Club and continued there through parts of college. She spent two years teaching dance at a public high school and is excited to be back teaching younger students in a recreational setting. She loves being a part of the Kidtastics team!  Bethany is the friendly voice you hear when you call Kidtastics and helps keeps things running smoothly.

 

Kathleen Manahan (Dance Instructor)

kathleenKathleen is from AZ. She began dancing when she was three years old and competed with a local studio throughout high school. While in high school she was the Captain of her school’s Dance Company and taught dance lessons as an after school job. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2009 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. While at the U of A she was a member of the Black and Blue Hip Hop Team and performed at many University, Community and Sports events. She is new to Kidtastics and is very excited to be teaching dance to kids again!

 

Tarren Kramer (Swim Instructor)

Tarren Kramer was born and raised in Arizona.  She has been swimming her whole life and has loved the water since she first learned to swim at the age of two.  She swam competitively for several years in high school.  She attends Santa Clara University where she studies marketing and political science.  Tarren loves kids and enjoys teaching students of all ages to be safe and love the water.

 

Luke Weller (Swim Instructor)

Luke Weller has lived in Arizona his whole life and began swimming at the age of three. Swimming has always been a big part of his life since he is from Arizona. He is currently attending Chaparral high school and takes a class that teaches him skills useful when around children. He loves interacting with kids and wants to teach them as much helpful information as possible in and out of the water.

 

Celest Alvarez (Swim Instructor)

Celest Alvarez is from Tucson, AZ. She has always loved being active and being outdoors growing up. She loves dance and has been dancing for 10 years. She was on the pomline, dance, and color guard team for her high school. She has been working with children for 4 years and has a great passion in it. She is currently working towards being a pediatric nurse at Mesa Community College. She is joining the Kidtastics team this summer to continue her passion working with children. Teaching them to be confident and safe, and most of all to love the water.

 

Kathryn Healy (Lifeguard & Swim Instructor)

Kathryn graduated from the University of Redlands with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, and a minor in Environmental Studies. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and recently moved to Arizona in order to further her education. She is currently undergoing Emergency Medical training to gain more hands-on experience in the Medical field. She loves being a student, even through the Summer months!

Kathryn has a great deal of experience working with children in a pool setting, as she was a lifeguard for a Swim & Tennis Club for 7 years, and was also a part of their competitive swim team. She believes that making kids feel comfortable and confident is the key to success when it comes to water safety, and learning how to swim! ”

 

Brittany Lasko (Swim Instructor)

Brittany Lasko graduated from Arizona State with her Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Special Education. She has been a teacher for students with autism for the past 7 years. Brittany was a lifeguard for the City of Scottsdale in high school and has years of experience teaching swim lessons. She is excited to join the Kidtastics team this summer. She is looking forward to teaching children how to swim and be safe around the water!

 

 Andrea Kunkel (Dance & Swim Instructor)

Andrea is a graduate from Arizona State University with a degree in kinesiology. She is currently working on completing her masters in biomedical engineering with a focus in stem cell research. She has been working with Kidtastics for nine years and really enjoys her experiences working with children and their families. Andrea enjoyed swim team as a child and in high school.  Here experience as a swimmer makes her a creative swim teacher as she thoroughly enjoys teaching children how to swim.

 

Rebecca Linton (Swim Instructor)

rebeccaRebecca has been swimming since she was a child and loved it so much she decided to explore it at a competitive level. She swam varsity for 3 years and college for 1 year. She then taught lessons in her home town of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and had some private clients here in Arizona. Rebecca also serves as the Acting Department Director for Experience Arts School in Mesa, teaching kids how to act on stage and in film.  This helps makes her swim classes fun and creative.  Additionally, she also handles booking for her husband’s business Soundwaves Recording Studio in Gilbert.   Rebecca loves teaching swimming to all ages because she grew up loving it!

 

Ann Twarogal (Lifeguard & Swim Instructor) TUCSON Only

annAnn Twarogal is a graduate from Arizona State University with concurrent degrees in psychology and art history. She is currently working on completing her teaching certificate in special education with a focus in autism education. She has been teaching swim lessons and lifeguarding for the past nine years. Ann has worked for Kidtastics for three years and really enjoys her experiences working with children and their families. She currently lives in Tucson and will be teaching lessons there as well as traveling to the Valley to lifeguard private parties.

 

Ashly DeBlander (Lifeguard & Swim Instructor)

Ashly DeBlander has been swimming since she was five years old and has belonged to a variety of swim clubs from Illinois to California. Ashly was on the high school swim and waterpolo team in California. During the summer of 2014, Ashly was a lifeguard for the City of Corona, CA. In August of 2014 she relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona where she started working at a local fitness club in the child center. Ashly has always enjoyed teaching and babysitting infants to preteens. Her patience, kindness, and academics has her pursuing a nursing degree at Northern Arizona University. She will join Kidtastics for the second year to help kids love and be safe in the water!

 

Katy McGill (Lifeguard & Swim Instructor)

katyKaty was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. She has been swimming her whole life, starting in parent-toddler classes when she was only one year old. Katy joined swim team when she was 7 and continued swimming competitively through high school. Katy McGill graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching swim lessons for twelve years now for all ages. Katy has taught swim lesson for Kidtastics for two summers now and enjoys her private group swim sessions. Katy has been a lifeguard since high school and is lifeguard in her spare time. She is looking forward to meeting her new swim students.

 

Logan Baldwin (Swim Instructor)

My name is Logan Baldwin and I was born and raised in the small town of Beaver, Oklahoma where I participated in football, basketball, track and wrestling before I graduated with honors and left to attend the University of Oklahoma. After a year at the University, I decided I would enjoy a change in scenery and decided to move to the sunny state of Arizona. I picked up a job as a swim coach my first year in Phoenix. All it took was a month of teaching and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Any task that provides the opportunity to help young kids achieve their goals and better themselves for their future should provide anyone with a sense of joy and achievement that you may not receive anywhere else. In my lessons, I strive to not only teach swim, but also to have fun and provide the children with a strong, positive role model that I hope will influence them even further down the road. 

 

Joel Thompson (Lifeguard & Swim Instructor)

Joel was born in Spokane, Washington and lived in Europe for 9 years before moving to Arizona in 1994. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.  He has been in or around the water since he was a little kid and has worked in aquatics with the City of Glendale since 2001.  While with the city, he taught many swim lessons from Parent/Tot to competitive swim.  He has coached multiple summer swim leagues, has taught Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor classes, and has managed 3 different pools.  He was an assistant coach for the Raymond S. Kellis H.S. Swim and Dive Team for 4 years and an assistant coach for the Boys Soccer Team for 8 years.  

He currently works at a high school in Special Education and coaches a high school swim and dive team.  When he’s not coaching or teaching, you can find him hiking or kicking the soccer ball around with friends.

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