Beth Gardner, owner of Heart of Texas Gymnastics located in Temple, Texas since 1999 fell in love with the sport of gymnastics as a recreational gymnast from the age of 3 years old. She has an extensive background specializing in preschool, recreational and special needs gymnastics.
In addition to experience as a Preschool Director, coach and gym owner, she is a co-author and director for the Gymnastics Association of Texas Instructor Training Program for Preschool Gymnastics and the Gymnastics Association of Texas Instructor Training Program for Recreational Gymnastics. She is the co-author for the USA Gymnastics Hands-on Training Program for School Age recreational gymnastics and the author of the Gymnastics Association of Texas Instructor Training Program Kickstart for Boys, and the Gymnastics Association of Texas Instructor Training Program Brain and Body which was adopted by USA Gymnastics as a national course in 2013. She has served as a presenter and board member for Gymnastics Association since 1998.
Beth has been a national, international and private clinician since 1997. She has served as a National Instructor for USA Gymnastics, presenting at state, regional and national congresses and served as one of the National Instructors for USA Gymnastics Kinder Accreditation for Teachers (KAT,) USA Gymnastics Movement Development and Lesson Plan Development (MELPD,) and currently serves as a National Instructor for the USA Gymnastics Preschool Fundamentals, Hands-on Training and the USA Gymnastics Hands-on Training for School-Aged courses for preschool and recreational gymnastics, the USA Gymnastics Brain and Body course, and the USA Gymnastics M200 Men’s Course.
She has served on the USA Gymnastics Preschool Advisory Board as well as the USA Gymnastics Safety Review Board. She is also a founding Board Member for Movement Matters International, a consortium dedicated to research and development of the effects of movement in improving the lives of those who live with disabilities and helping to establish special needs gymnastics programs throughout North America. She also served as a state congressional witness for the gymnastics community in 2009.
Her articles have appeared nationally and internationally in Technique magazine, The Gym Press, GymSmarts online and Gym Momentum online. She has compiled her lesson plans and coaching philosophies in numerous books and DVD’s.
Her child-first philosophy and a skill-based curriculum, emphasizing education through creative techniques in a safety-oriented, fun and loving environment have proven effective in building dynamic and highly successful preschool gymnastics and mobile gym-bus programs.
Her background also includes volunteering and coaching children and adults with special needs within her program as well as through Special Olympics, Discover Fitness Foundation and other private organizations. Her newest passion is for researching ways to address special needs in the gymnastics environment and utilizing gymnastics to affect positive changes for those with disabilities.
In addition to her gymnastics career, she is currently teaching physical education classes for Providence Classical School in Belton, Texas.
Beth was honored to receive the 2003 and 2007 Distinguished Service Awards from Gymnastics Association of Texas and one of the 2005 Remarkable Woman Awards from ABC Television “The View” for her dedication and contributions to the development of the sport of gymnastics and helping others to overcome personal difficulties. She was awarded the USA Gymnastics National Instructor of the Year in 2012. Additionally, she received the 2014 and 2017 All Star Recognition from Temple Education Foundation for outstanding service and the Bell County Judge and Commissioner’s Committee on People with Disabilities Rusty Award for Business of the Year, 2015. She was extremely honored to be awarded the Gymnastics Association of Texas Life Member Award in 2014. Most recently, her gym, Heart of Texas Gymnastics, has received the Reader’s Choice Award for 2015 and 2016 for best gymnastics instruction in Bell County from the Temple Daily Telegram.
She has three children, Robert, Daniel and Melissa and she is a 1983 graduate of Texas A&M University.