Welcome to Gymnastics
Leisa Brents, Gymnastics Coach
I have been teaching in Houston ISD for 14 years. I started my career at Grady Middle School as a Science teacher, volleyball, basketball, and track coach. I moved to Pershing in 2005 to start the Pershing Softball program with Coach Burgan. I have taught PE and athletics for the past 8 years as well as coach volleyball and softball. I took over the gymnastics classes for the 2014-2015 school year. I attended West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas and have a degree in Sports and Exercise Science with a minor in Life- Earth Science. In 2012, I graduated from Lamar University with a Master's Degree in Education Administration. In my spare time I love to travel, read, and spend time with my family and friends. I love Mexican food, watching volleyball, and watching Scandal on TV.
Yami Rincon, TA GymnasticsYamilett Rincon is a TA with Coach Brents. Yami attended Pershing middle school and was a member of the gymnastics program before attending Bellaire High School. Yami continued her love of gymnastics by becoming a competitive gymnastics coach at Stars Gymnastics. She continues to coach competitively, but brings her gift to Pershing because she loves the idea of passing on her 15 years of gymnastics experience to the current generation of Panda gymnasts. In her spare time she loves to sleep, dance, and spend time with her family. She loves her dog, traveling, and all things gymnastics. Her favorite food is latin food and her favorite group is the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Gymnastics ClassesGymnastics classes will be divided by skill levels. Beginner/Intermediate, and Advanced. Students will begin the year with a basic "Introduction to Pershing" gymnastics class. After mastering vocabulary basics and safety standards/gym policies & procedures, we roll into warm ups, stretching, flexibility, strength, and basic gymnastics skills. All students will go through a skills evaluation to determine gymnastics levels. Once levels are determined, we will begin working on floor skills and routines. From floor we will move on to the uneven bars to finish off the first semester. All students will be required to create and perform a gymnastics routine for the mid term exam.
Open to 6thand 7th graders. There is no tryout for this class. This class is for students with little or no previous gymnastics experience and wants to learn gymnastics. You will learn the gymnastics safety rules, terminology, and learn the following skills; various rolls, handstands, cartwheels, back bends and kickovers on the mats. Various beginning vaults, swings and hip circles on the bars, and beginning beam and dance steps.
Students must tryout for this class. This class is for students who have learned the gymnastics safety rules, terminology, and accomplished the beginning gymnastic skills mentioned above. You will learn the following skills: Front and back limbers/walkovers, headsprings and handsprings, flip flops if capable, mill circles, front hip circles, glide kips, mushroom circles, various vaults, and other intermediate equipment skills.
Students must tryout for this class. This is for level 6 and up gymnasts. These gymnasts can perform advanced routines on all the equipment and can perform roundoff-flip flop-back flip. You will perform/improve skills from competition routines. You will have an opportunity to perform in a show.