Meet the 2020 Krav Junior Team!
Miss Sophie – Kids Division (Age 3-5)
We are so excited to have Miss Sophie move up from K-Division Assistant to Lead Instructor this year! Sophie has been working with children for several years, first as an after school program instructor, and then working at Terra Toys, an Austin institution. We managed to steal her away though, so she will be working full time at Lions starting in January, 2020, and half of that time will be spent teaching the littlest Lions!
Miss Gabby – Youth Division (Age 6-8)
Miss Gabby started at Lions after moving to Austin from Colorado where she earned her Master’s degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Gabby has an extensive teaching experience as a classroom teacher and as a private tutor for students of all ages, from elementary school all the way through college. Miss Gabby has been an athlete since she was a kid, mostly soccer and dance, and transitioned to Krav Maga beautifully. She will no doubt be an excellent addition to our Krav Junior instructor team.
Mr. Kenneth – Junior Division (Age 9-12)
We are thrilled that Mr. Kenneth will be continuing as the J-Division Lead Instructor this year. Mr. Kenneth is a father of 2 and a part time substitute teacher at AISD, spending the majority of that time teaching students with special needs. He also spent 4 years in the Army… you can tell by the quality of his push-ups!
Mr. Van – Kids & Youth Division Assistant
We are so happy to be bringing Mr. Van onto the Lions staff this year! Mr. Van has a Master’s degree in Education and has been teaching for the past 5 years, ranging from English to Science. He has been teaching adults through one of the Goodwill programs in addition to learning how to be a Krav Maga instructor. Mr. Van will begin assisting in both the K-Division and Y-Division classes this year.
Miss Ellen – Youth Division Assistant
Miss Ellen has been with Lions as the Krav Junior Assistant for several years, and we are excited that she’ll be back with us in 2020. Ellen is a mother of two and has been practicing Krav Maga for over 7 years. She also gives the best hugs on Earth.
Miss Claire – Advanced Krav Junior
Miss Claire has passed the Y-Division torch on to Miss Gabby, but fear not! Miss Claire will most certainly be around! In addition to her full time role as the Gym Manager, Miss Claire will be teaching Advanced Krav Junior on Saturdays mornings for Y-Division and J-Division Orange Belts and above. She has also developed our Student Leadership Academy, which she will be leading this year.
Miss Katie – Advanced Krav Junior
Miss Katie is one of the founders of Lions Krav Maga and the creator of the Krav Junior program. She has two Master’s degrees in Education, and she was a classroom teacher for 7 years & worked in education & child welfare policy for 2 years before opening Lions. Miss Katie will be teaching the Friday evening Advanced Krav Junior class.