Instructor Robert has been involved with Taekwondo under the instruction of Grand Master Yang for the past 4 years and is currently working toward his 3rd Degree Black Belt. He is a “NESTA” Certified Personal Trainer. He holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has a wide range of work experience: He has served as an Associate and Youth Pastor in Northern Virginia with “Leesburg Church of the Nazarene”. He was Co-owner and Gym Director of “The Little Gym” of Overland Park, KS; working with kids to develop and improve their motor skills through Gymnastics. He has also been a foster parent to nine different children, adopting the last as his own daughter. He and his wife Beth live in Gardner, KS with his three children, and her youngest son. His wife Beth has 25 years of experience working with children and adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities and holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She currently works for Johnson County Developmental Supports in Lenexa, KS as the Director of Day and Employment Services and hopes to use her experience to expand the instruction being provided for students with special needs.
Instructor Robert and Beth are very active in their local church, and in addition to reaching out to the citizens of Paola and surrounding areas to expand the number of students, Robert and Beth have a special interest in giving back to the local community through volunteer work. They plan to provide routine opportunities for students and their families to participate in community service, if they choose to, which is often a very rewarding experience and one that has the potential to enhance the learning environment by creating a greater sense of belonging and teamwork.