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Nicole Podraza

Owner, Cheerleading Director, Hip Hop Dancer, Gymnastics Team Coach

Nicole Podraza

Nicole Podraza, an individual who believes in leadership, mentorship and guidance, owns Thunder Elite.  This role model to children and young adults has been coaching in the Bryan/College Station area since 1999, but has coached since 1995. As a gymnast, she competed for Bela Karolyi through level 9. Upon leaving gymnastics, she was a cheerleader for 7 years including being a member of the national championship team from Sam Houston State University in 1997. She has coached competitive cheerleading, competitive gymnastics, and competitive hip-hop. Her gymnasts and her cheer and hip-hop teams have achieved many awards, including national titles.  Along with her students, she and her staff have been awarded Coaching Staff of the Year by American CheerPower both in 2006,2007, and 2014!  These accolades hang from the walls of Thunder Elite not only for recognition, but also as a constant reminder that hard work, a CAN DO attitude, and the will to never give up does pay off.

Nicole LOVES kids and it reflects in everything she does for Thunder Elite.  The ultimate goal is to teach the day-to-day business to everyone in order to pay it forward and gain confidence in knowing that you can achieve your dream by fighting for what you believe in.

One of Nicole’s favorite quotes, “If you never have a bad day, how would you know when you had a good one?”

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Frankie Harris

Manager, Summer Camp Director

Frankie Harris

Frankie Harris has had gymnastics as a part of her life since she was a child.  Ultimately coaching would be her goal in this sport as she developed as a gymnast.  She enjoys teaching gymnastics because if the LOVE of the sport and wants her students to enjoy it s much as she did growing up.  Her outgoing spirit and friendly personality makes the class environment FUN.  Frankie enjoys building relationship with the students and their families.  It is important to keep everyone in the know in order to develop skills and gain confidence.  It is a TEAM effort and that is why Frankie’s favorite quote is,” There is no "I" in "TEAM!”

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Morgan Mahle

Cheer and Hip Hop Team Coach, Class Instructor

Morgan Mahle

Morgan Mahle is a cheerleader at heart and utilizes the skills from cheerleading to teach teamwork.  She enjoys coaching kids and with her experience in cheerleading and dance combined with her fun and cheerful attitude, her positive energy exudes in the youth she teaches.  She was on the first Thunder Elite Cheerleading Team in 2000, which makes her a Thunder Elite Alumni.  Thunder Elite is HOME for Morgan and considers those who are a part of Thunder Elite as family.

Morgan’s favorite quote comes from Philippians 4:13,” I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

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Jada Punch

Cheer Team Coach, Class Instructor

Jada Punch

Jada Punch is a HUGE fan of the Cheer Program at Thunder Elite and enjoys interacting with her students daily in order to assist them in achieving their goals.  From student to coach, Jada looks forward in developing her skill set as a coach and a mentor to her students.  She is passionate about cheerleading and dance and the love for both sports shines through in her actions.  With her amusing and entertaining personality, you will find Jada not only funny, but extremely respectful to others and always lending a helping hand.  Her number one priority is to assist her customers and be sure she is delivering 110% on her responsibility to her them and to Thunder Elite.  Her positive attitude is contagious and she wants to be sure everyone is having FUN while working hard. 

Jada's favorite quote, “Without struggle there is no progress.”

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Kayla Townsend

Cheer Team Coach, Class Instructor

Kayla Townsend

Kayla Townsend loves teaching and coaching because cheerleading and gymnastics have inspired her so much from the time she was young. Kayla’s loveable, huggable and passionate attitude makes for a fun and positive learning environment for everyone involved. She strives for improvement in routines and bright smiles from her students all while having FUN. Kayla wants her students and their parents to feel comfortable and confident that she is coaching their child well and setting them up for EXCELLENCE!

Kayla’s favorite quote, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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Sydney Johnson

Cheer Team Coach, Class Instructor

Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson LOVES teaching and coaching and aspires to open her own gym one day.  Sydney’s self-motivated, outgoing attitude creates an ideal learning environment centered around success and great customer service.  She believes that customer service is important because it builds trust and raises brand awareness of a business.  Sydney wants each student to be able to come to her with any questions or issues and feel like they are genuinely cared for.  Her passion for coaching and teaching comes from the joy that kids bring her and the impact that she gets to have on their life at such a young age.

Sydney’s favorite quote, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some humor and some style.” – Maya Angelou.

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Ally Hudzinski

Cheer Team Coach, Class Instructor

Ally Hudzinski

Ally Hudzinski has a great PASSION for teaching and coaching.  She loves to help people become better versions of themselves and accomplish more than they ever thought was possible.  Ally’s upbeat, positive attitude is what contributes to the success that she brings to Thunder Elite’s coaching staff and her love for the sport is evident in every action she takes.  Ally strives to create the best environment for her students and thinks customer serve and trust are the most important characteristics a business could have.  Ally wants each student to walk away each day knowing that they feel good about what they have accomplished and are proud of themselves for the effort thay made.

Ally’s favorite quote, “Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire.”

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Shania Newton

Assistant Cheer Team Coach

Shania Newton

Shania Newton is in her HAPPY PLACE and that happy place is Thunder Elite!  Her love of Thunder Elite and for coaching makes Shania a positive force to be around.  Her sense of being positive and proactive assist in the success of her students as well as herself.  She is most happy when she has a student achieve a goal that they have been working towards.  She respects her students and in return expects the same.  By being helpful and respectful, students accomplish more.  She wants to always be able to assist the student with any concerns as well as provide accurate information to parents in regards to their child.  Shania builds trust within her students as well as their parents so the parents always know their children are in good hands.

Shania's favorite quote, “Don’t cry because it is over, cry because it happened.”

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Courtney Maynard

Gymnastics Team Director, Class Instructor

Courtney Maynard

Courtney Maynard LOVES working with children. Her determined, caring and hardworking attitude are visible through everything she does and she believes hard work can really pay off. Courtney’s favorite part of coaching comes from the excitement she witnesses through her students when they learn something new! She thinks a good, happy environment to learn in is the key to success.

Courtney’s favorite quote, “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore

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Samantha Bell

Gymnastics Team Coach, Class Instructor

Samantha Bell

Samantha Bell loves coaching and seeing kids grow and learn in the sport she loves so much.  Samantha’s energetic, out-going attitude creates the PERFECT learning environment and the care she puts into each student is what makes her a great asset to the coaching staff at Thunder Elite.  She strives to maintain the trust of each client she encounters and believes that great customer service is the key to success.

Samantha’s favorite quote, “I want to inspire people, I want someone to look at me and say because of you I didn’t give up.”

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Makenna Leatherwood

Gymnastics Team Coach, Class Instructor

Makenna Leatherwood

Makenna Leatherwood LOVES watching kids grow as athletes, as well as in life.  Her passion for gymnastics stems from 8+ years of experience and her motivating, bubbly personality helps create the positive, uplifting vibe that you will find at Thunder Elite!  Makenna says that customers and their needs should always come first and their happiness and satisfaction is her top priority.  She wants each customer to feel comfortable and confident when talking to her about anything they need.

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Rebecca Wimp

Class Instructor

Rebecca Wimp

Rebecca Wimp wants to teach the sport she loves and that is what has landed her at Thunder Elite.  This 15-year gymnast enjoys coach and teaching her students new skills as well as enjoys the excitement generated from her students when they learn something new.  Rebecca is outgoing, confident and FUN and it shows through her interactions with her students and their parents.  She prides herself in putting her students and their parents’ needs first.  That is what defines customer service for Rebecca.  She always wants to feel approachable so everyone will be comfortable in speaking with her.  Coaching kids and putting smiles on their face makes it worth every minute that Rebecca’s in the gym. 

Rebecca's favorite quote, “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

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Kaylee Cridland

Class Instructor

Kaylee Cridland

Kaylee Cridland loves to work with children.  With her LOVE of gymnastics, it is a WIN WIN for Thunder Elite.  Kaylee loves watching her students learn new skills and developing that skill into an art.  The harder you work, the better you become.  With her positive and silly personality, she incorporates her experiences as a gymnast and makes it FUN to learn.  Kaylee wants to provide an environment of open communication, one that everyone feels comfortable in when needing to address concerns or just general day-to-day things we may encounter. 

Kaylee’s favorite quote, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Kayla Brock

Class Instructor

Kayla Brock

Kayla Brock LOVES coaching at the Thunder Elite…the gym that taught her so much while she was growing up.  She loves helping kids learn and do things they never thought they were capable of.  Kayla’s passion and determination for coaching is visible in everything she does and she puts 110% into each student she gets to work with.  Kayla thinks customer service and trust between a client and student is the most important thing, especially with gymnastics when you work so closely with each other.

Kayla’s favorite quote, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck

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Edgar Garcia

Class Instructor

Edgar Garcia

Edgar Garcia’s main objective is not only to coach, but to teach kids on how to improve in gymnastics.  As a gymnast, he coaches others on proper form and good technique.  Although firm in his instruction, Edgar also makes learning FUN.  The customer is his number one priority and wants to continuously provide excellent customer service.  He believes that is why Thunder Elite has been so successful.  He loves knowing that his kids are enjoying learning and getting better as they work on the skills he is teaching them. 

Edgar's favorite quote, “Why do we fall?  So we can learn to get back up and try again.”

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