Jamarr’s love for sports dates back to his childhood, where he developed a love for basketball, baseball, and football. He continued to play these sports in high school and develop more of an interest to want to coach and help others participate. He started an NFL flag football league where kids ages 5-13 were able to come to play football on Sundays in a very supportive environment. He also coached Pop Warner football and his twin nephews were able to make it to the Pop Warner championships not once, but twice which takes place at Disneyworld’s ESPN Sports Complex. Basketball has been his favorite sport and volleyball later as he coached a travel league for ages 11-14, which played in Chicago and surrounding areas on Sundays. Jamarr also works full time in Human Services. He really enjoys inspiring others, being active, and giving back to his community in every way, serving those that are in need, and developing young people to build character and discipline in the field of athletics.
Jonathan Gesin is the Youth Director at Braddock Baptist Church, who recently married and moved here from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Since 2011, he has been coaching kids all around the east coast while using his passions to teach character, integrity, value, and teamwork. He has grown up playing football, basketball, and track & field in elementary, middle, and high-school. He was a D1 collegiate cheerleader for Liberty University and competed among the top teams in the U.S. He obtained his B.A. and M.S degrees in Exercise Science and is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist.
Matt is an IT and Cyber Security professional who has been living in the Northern Virginia area his entire life. He attended Saint Francis University where he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems in 2017, and graduated with his Master’s in Business Administration in 2018. Matt was a scholarship Division 1 football player at Saint Francis and was a team captain in his final season. He was a starter on the school’s first NEC Football championship team. In his final season he was a finalist for the Division 1 CoSIDA Academic All-American team. Matt graduated from Dominion High school where he was a two time captain of the varsity football team and also played varsity basketball and baseball. He has experience coaching youth sport camps throughout high school and college. Matt has a strong passion to teach sports to the youth and is looking forward to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle with Kids in Motion.
Erica Simuel is from Bowie Maryland. She has played in many sports and dance at a young age. Erica had played AAU basketball, made varsity high school team as a freshman, and was captain of her college team. She not only played basketball, but also soccer, softball and ran track. In addition to sports Erica also loves the performing arts. She danced with C&C Dance studio during her childhood age and continued to learn and dance when she attended Bowie High School. When she was a Junior in high school Erica was very creative and founded Bowie dance ensemble. After high school she also studied dance, theater, and business administration. Her background for dance is jazz, modern, ballet, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop. Erica was also kids dance instructor for eight years at Artistic Dance Academy in Maryland. She has two small children of her own and loves to be around kids and to make learning fun. Although dancing is her passion she recently decided to get involved in fitness. Erica is a certified Zumba and Piyo instructor and always loves learning new things and helping others.
Coach Paul is originally from Minnesota where he learned to appreciate sports at an early age. He went to college in South Dakota where he received his degree in K-12 Physical Education and Health. Coach Paul moved to the Virginia area to pursue his teaching career and started his first teaching job in Maryland. He is now in his 11th year as an elementary physical education teacher and currently works for Alexandria City Public Schools. When coach Paul isn’t teaching he enjoys running marathons, playing baseball and hockey, and attending various sporting events. He has a strong passion to be a positive role model to his students and strives to teach them to become better individuals.
David is a Project Manager in Chantilly, VA who has been in the area for over 4 years. He is originally from Akron, Ohio where he played high school football and lacrosse while also playing several intramural sports. Since his time playing sports competitively, he has played and coached basketball, flag football, bocce ball, and softball. He comes from a large family (5 brothers and 1 sister) with extensive teaching, coaching, and special education backgrounds that he will translate into his coaching at Kids in Motion. David has loved all sports and fun activities outdoors since he was a kid, and that joy for athletic activities and games is something he hopes to pass on to Kids in Motion.
Justin Nguyen is youth basketball instructor from Springfield, VA. Since 2006, he has taken his passion for basketball and love for kids to educate his students the fundamentals of the sport through classes, camps, and skills clinics. Justin’s emphasis on fundamentally sound skills coupled with a high energy teaching style ensures his kids have fun while learning! Basketball is just one of the sports he loves. He has also played and taught flag football, soccer, tennis, and t-ball. Sports have taught Justin the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship and he hopes to pass those values to his students.
Justin Nguyen is also a hip hop dancer/instructor. He attended George Mason University where he choreographed various organizations and graduated with a degree in business. He has developed a special interest in creating works by combining other genres of dance, including a collaboration for salsa/hip hop fusion piece showcased at Dance Factory’s “Night of 1000 Stars.” Along with working for one of the area’s leading entertainment companies, Justin is currently on tour with United Way.
Regina is originally from New York and has lived in Fairfax for 27 years. She had a full career as an architect before scaling back to do some of this work from home, plus raise her two boys, and substitute teach for Fairfax County Public Schools. She played women’s ice hockey for sixteen years, enjoys working out, walking, jogging, ice skating, being outdoors, and coaching. She coached boys and girls run clubs in the past and is now super excited to coach the kids at the elementary school level for Kids in Motion.
Ali Heck is a Health Fitness Specialist for a corporate wellness company in Alexandria, VA and she serves as an assistant coach of the girls’ varsity soccer team at James W. Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, VA. She graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.S. degree is Kinesiology and Health Sciences and was a member of the women’s soccer team while she was there. Ali has extensive experience coaching and playing soccer, leading personal training sessions, and teaching a variety of group exercise classes. She is an enthusiast for all things sport and fitness and loves teach sports classes with Kids in Motion!
Michael Amoateng (on right)
Michael Amoateng attended Westley College in Dover, Delaware and played collegiate football. He transferred to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he graduated with a degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology. He currently works for the federal government as a Wellness Fitness Specialist and works for an athletic facility instructing boot camp, spin, circuit training, and sports conditioning classes. Michael has his personal training certification and trains clients one on one in the evening and on weekends. For the last 5 years he has coached youth football, basketball, soccer, and run clubs for children ages 5-18. After college, he played semi professional football and currently plays on an adult basketball and football league, plays the drums for churches on Sundays, and raises his one year old. Coach Michael enjoys the fitness field and working with youth and coaching classes is one of his favorite activities.
Shamesha has devoted her life to teaching and athletics. She attended the College of Elizabeth City State University, graduating with her Bachelor’s in Physical Education and Health with a concentration in sports management. She then attended Colorado Technical University where she graduated with her Master’s in Management and Business Administration. She started her career teaching P.E classes, then taught special education for four years. She currently works as a teacher in the ACPS school district. Regarding her involvement in sports and coaching, she coached for ten years, AU basketball and volleyball. She played women’s semi pro football in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has coached many groups of kids in multiple graders during her P.E classes. In addition, her love of dance guided her to be trained in our dance fitness classes for kids. She currently teaches after school programs with Kids in Motion, including dance, run clubs, and all sports!