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Kristen Yates - Owner

Hi!  I am the owner of The Cheer Connection.  Here's what I think you should know about me - I am a 45 year old mother of 4 kids, ages 17, 15, 11 and 10.  Whew, that makes me tired just saying it!  They keep me busy as you can imagine (I know a lot of you are right there with me).  So, many of you don't see my face all that often as I usually am working from home or come to the gym in the mornings.  I have owned the gym for 16 years now, I purchased The Cheer Connection in 1998 and Cheer Energy in 2000. 

Anyway, as far as my qualifications go, I was a gymnast all of my life and was the Texas State Gymnastics Champion at the age of 12.  I cheered through middle school and high school and then went on to cheer at TCU for 3 years.  I was on Staff for NCA and then judged for them for many years after graduating from TCU.  I have a Math degree with a Business minor.

I am just so extremely proud of what this gym is all about!  A cheer gym doesn't survive on what kind of facility you have, what skills the kids have when they walk in the door for the first time, what your uniform looks like and such.  It's all about who is teaching your kids and what they learn while they are a part of the gym.  Each of my staff members are just so amazing!  They all really love children and do such a great job with your kids!  They teach so much more than just cheerleading and tumbling.  I hope you and your kids get to know them and love them as much as I do! 

And, here's the rest of my incredibly Talented and Awesome Staff! 

Joanna Rogers - Tumbling Director & Head Coach of TCC Competitive Teams

Hello all! My name is Joanna Rogers and I am the Tumbling Director at TCC. I have been with TCC since September of 2012 while going to school full-time to receive my Bachelors of Business Administration at Tarleton State University.
I’ve been cheering practically since I could walk. I started my cheer career off as a mascot when I was 3 years old on a pee-wee cheerleading team and cheered every year at school until I graduated. I have cheered both competitively here at The Cheer Connection and on school teams and was honored with being the Cheer Captain all four years of high school as well as being selected as UCA All-Star 3 of those years.
As far as my gymnastics career, I started gymnastics at a very young age and grew to love the power tumbling aspect of it at age 8. By age 14 I was learning how to teach the sport and found my passion. I have been teaching tumbling since I was 16 and continue to learn something new every day.
As you can see, I’ve spent some time on both sides and I greatly enjoy what time I’ve spent here. I have learned a lot over the years and the passion derived from my practice is shown daily during my time training the students here at The Cheer Connection.