Private Instruction

Private instruction is beneficial for children of any age and skill level regardless of whether or not they are a competitive gymnast. If your child is having difficulty mastering anything from cartwheels and handstands to layouts on the beam and giants on bars, private instruction can provide them with the extra attention and practice they need to get to where they want to go. In order to maximize the benefit and potential offered by private instruction, private lessons at JAG are limited to a maximum of no more than 2 students.

Each instructor is responsible for setting their own prices, schedules, and cancellation policies, so please contact them directly via email for more information and to book your child's private lesson. Instructors listed below are the only JAG Gym staff who are able to do private lessons. Payment for private lessons must be made by cash or check, paid directly to the instructor. Students must be currently enrolled in classes at JAG to be eligible for private lessons.

JAG Gym Private Lesson Staff


Cari Bartholomew
Cari Bartholomew cari.bartholomew@jaggym.com

Cari’s path to JAG began at a young age, with ten years of gymnastics experience and 6 years as a Junior Olympic diver. She also has a background in professional swing dancing, and has danced in various films, music videos, and even for President Clinton at the Democratic Convention in San Francisco. Cari began coaching in Region One Northern California in 1991, and later brought her experience to JAG in November of 2009.  Cari holds a BS degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in teaching K-12 from San Jose State University. She also retains her certification as a meet director, USAG safety certification, as well as first aid and CPR from the American Red Cross. Cari is continually committed to the sport of gymnastics, the sport she feels is the most amazing and exciting sport in the world.

Dianna Banch
Dianna Banch dianna.banch@jaggym.com

Dianna has been coaching since 2000 and has regularly attended gymnastics education clinics from leaders in the industry throughout the years. She is CPR and first aid certified through the American Red Cross, as well  as, safety certified through USA Gymnastics. She has experience with coaching pre-school, competitive gymnastics and everything in between. She is originally from Michigan where she grew up taking dance classes and was a competitive gymnast. 

Dianna loves to joke and have fun with the kids. She is passionate about guiding them to discover their courage and determination from within to triumph in endeavors as big as they can dream! 

When Dianna is not in the gym, she enjoys a good non fiction book, listening to Rock n' Roll and swimming! She is part mermaid. 

Matt Borden
Matt Borden matthew.borden@jaggym.com

Matt was born and raised in Southern California and began his gymnastics training at the age of 16 when he started coaching. Matt is also a sports enthusiast! He loves all LA sports teams that play basketball, baseball or hockey as well as the NY Jets. When not enjoying coaching and watching sports, he loves watching films and considers himself a film fanatic.

Randi Borden
Randi Borden randi.borden@jaggym.com

Randi is from Los Angeles and grew up doing gymnastics. She competed in USAG as both an artistic gymnast and trampoline and tumbling gymnast, and was a state champion. She started coaching at 13 and has been coaching ever since. When she isn't coaching she enjoys acting and cooking.

Erika Brown
Erika Brown erika.brown@jaggym.com

Erika started gymnastics when she was six after falling in love with the sport while watching it on TV. Her passion for the sport quickly grew and she began competing when she was 9. Erika retired as a level 8 when she graduated from high school, but she has never been able to leave the sport! When she was 14 her coach asked her if she would help him teach pre-team classes, and she has been coaching ever since.

For eight years, Erika taught recreational, developmental and compulsory level competitive gymnastics in Northern California, before moving to San Diego in 2008. For the past six years Erika has coached compulsory team at a YMCA gymnastics center while finishing her Bachelors and Masters degrees at San Diego State University. She now holds a BS in Foods & Nutrition, as well as an MS in both Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology. Erika loves kids and it is always the best part of her day when she gets to spend time teaching them something new in gymnastics! When Erika is not coaching you can probably find her going for a run, daydreaming about living in a foreign country, or working at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is currently completing a dietetic internship at CHLA so that she can become a Registered Dietitian and continue to help kids live healthy lives.

Tony Clarno
Tony Clarno tony.clarno@jaggym.com

Tony started his gymnastics career in his hometown of Vancouver, Washington, training for 12 years and reaching level 10. He then pursued the martial arts, where achieved his Black Belt and started teaching as a Sensei in Karate. As a gymnastics coach he has had the privilege to coach in Washington, Minnesota, Illinois and California for the last fifteen years, even becoming the Acrobatic Instructor for the Broadway Tour of Billy Elliot The Musical, but he has always thought of JAG as his coaching home. 

Tony has had the unique opportunity to coach competitive gymnastics in not only the USAG system, but also in USAIGC where he currently teaches many of JAG's wonderful students. With a passion for teaching, creativity, and a deep love for the sport and it's fundamentals, Tony looks to his students for inspiration. It is their eagerness to learn dynamic, powerful gymnastics that drives Tony to shape strong, healthy athletes.

Olivia Courtney
Olivia Courtney olivia.fowler.courtney@jaggym.com

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Olivia started taking gymnastics when she was 2.5 years old (after being inspired by her older sister). At the age of 14, she began training to become an elite gymnast and was a US National Team member the following year. in her three years as a US National Team member, Olivia traveled to many different countries representing Team USA. In 2008, she competed at the Olympic Trials placing 10th, and In 2009, became the first Cover Girl Classic all-around champion.

Olivia received a full gymnastics scholarship to UCLA and competed all four years. During her years with UCLA, she received many PAC 12 honors and awards including: PAC 12 Freshman of the Year, bars, floor and two time vault PAC 12 champion, placing 3rd on bars at NCAAs (2012) and 3rd on vault (2013), UCLA Gymnast of the Year (2011) and (2014), and 10 time All-American.

Her previous coaching experience includes Orlando Metro Gymnastics Camp, UCLA Gymnastics Camp, Bruin Gymnastics Academy, and Waller’s Gym Jam.

Tenaya Hazen
Tenaya Hazen tenaya.hazen@jaggym.com

Tenaya has been passionate about the sport of gymnastics since she started  taking lessons as a child. She has been coaching gymnastics since 2008 and worked at Flip Fest Gymnastics Camp in Tennessee alongside Olympians like Nastia Liukin, Svetlana Boguinskaia, and camp owners, John Macready and John Roethlisberger for 5 summers. During her time at the camp, she attended coaching clinics and learned from some of the top collegiate coaches in the country. She has coached girls and boys, team and class, USAG levels 1-10, and worked briefly with Elite gymnasts. She loves working with kids and helping them learn new skills and overcome mental blocks.

Tenaya has lived all over the country; born in Alaska, then moving to California and Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia, memberships from USA Gymnastics and AAU Gymnastics, and is Safety and Risk Management Certified. When not in the gym, Tenaya enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, and relaxing at the beach. She also loves to read and paint whenever she has the time and can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand!

Glenn McCuen
Glenn McCuen glenn.mccuen@jaggym.com

Glenn was born in Southern Louisiana and began gymnastics at the age of 6. He was a quick study and after only 3 months, could be seen teaching himself how to do backhandsprings in his front yard. His early accomplishments in gymnastics and parental support enabled him to relocate to Plano, Texas to advance his gymnastics training at WOGA. Throughout his competitive gymnastics career, Glenn would go on to win several titles and eventually be named a member of the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Team. During his final year in competitive gymnastics he was named 2008 Texas State Champion and 2008 Region III All Around Champion. The night before his 2008 Nationals Competition, he came down with a severe stomach virus. Against the advice of his parents, he competed the following day and placed 8th All Around, and finished 2nd place on the high bar.

Successfully balancing his academic studies with seven hours a day in the gym, Glenn maintained academic honor's status. In his spare time, he pursued a modeling career while studying acting. He modeled for Dillard's, JC Penney, Abercrombie, Niemen Marcus, amongst others.

After suffering an injury in the fall of 2008, Glenn decided to call it quits and move to Los Angeles. Since then he has landed several roles includingMarmaduke, Nickelodeon’s Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures, Teen Wolfand more. In his free time, Glenn enjoys skydiving, scuba diving and surfing.

Wes Peterson
Wes Peterson wes.peterson@jaggym.com

Wes joined the JAG family in 2007, and is now the lead coach for JAG's ICG Competitive Girls' Team. Originally from Austin, Texas, Wes was a competitive gymnast for ten years competing Levels 4 through 9. With over ten years' experience coaching recreational and competitive gymnastics, she is also is safety-certified by USAG and trained in CPR and first aid by the American Red Cross. Wes earned her BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. When not coaching, Wes enjoys cooking, snowboarding, and hiking with her two dogs.

Ryan Quinn West
Ryan Quinn West ryan.west@jaggym.com

Ryan Quinn West is very excited to be returning to JAG Gym as an instructor after being on the road with the second longest running show in Broadway in Chicago history "Jersey Boys".  Ryan did not pick up gymnastics until his early twenties, however quickly came to love the sport and the people involved with it. In addition to gymnastics, Ryan has martial arts, weapons, and stage combat training, as well as stunt skills, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with the inaugural class of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre Actor Training Program. He would like to thank Anne, J.R, and Michele for letting a sheep come back to the fold.

James Schauer
James Schauer james.schauer@jaggym.com

James has worked with kids since 2004 and gymnastics since 2009. He is currently attending California State University, and will soon transfer to UCLA to earn his Masters in Sports and Child Psychology. James grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley, where he played all kinds of sports and was very competitive. He played Junior College football in Santa Cruz, where they won their Conference and Bowl games. James has been with JAG since mid-2012 and I loves it! - "The gym is great, the kids are great, and the staff is great." James' hobbies include surfing, skateboarding, staying healthy, and playing with his pooch.  

Laura Weigand
Laura Weigand laura.weigand@jaggym.com

Laura  started Gymnatics as a child and competed  USAG at a national level. Continued her love of the sport with coaching now with 15+ years  experience coaching Gymnastics and Dance .She is the mother of 4 children and has an extensive background in Transplant nursing and a Degree in Child development . She is also a published Author in the field of transplant and child development . In her free time she enjoys family trips to Disneyland , movies and the beach.