SPORT Coaches & Enrichment Teachers
Ms. Christine – “Give-7” Enrichment Lead Teacher/Summer Camp Lead/Signature SPORT Class Coach
Hi! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself a bit, if I haven’t met you all in person. My name is Christine Cotardo and I lead both the LittleSPORT enrichment program and summer camp (as well as teach SPORT Classes!). I can ensure you that your children will be in caring, mindful, observant, and creative hands while at LittleSPORT.
I have a B.S. in ESS from the University of Utah and have been coaching and teaching for over ten years. I’ve specialized in preschool age classes such as early readers, math, phonics, Spanish, nutrition, physical education, and yoga; in short, teaching has become my passion.
A couple of years ago my husband and I moved from Salt Lake City and on October 4, 2014 we were blessed with our first child Luca Giovanni (followed 2 years later by our adorable Aria!). I had the joy of taking Luca to his first LittleSPORT “Jumpers” class and we loved it! He socialized with other toddlers, practiced his sign language, learned about moving over, on top of, through, and around obstacles, and more. Needless to say he took an amazing two-hour nap after our BIG LittleSPORT fun! Ha ha!
Though originally developed by our founder, Coach Jen, I strive to add my own creative, innovative, and knowledge-bolstering twists to our daily activities and curriculum in the “Give-7” program. I have structured our Enrichment classroom to be a high-functioning early childhood learning space that acts as a framework to encourage growth in all aspects of your child’s ‘school’ life. And I am always open to ideas and input that any of our staff or parents may have on any facets of the program — from what you have experienced in the past to what you are looking for in the future.
Once again, I am thrilled to be a part of the LittleSPORT Family, it truly is a special place that I love.
Coach Trish – Signature SPORT Class Coach/LittleSPORT Owner
Hi, I’m Trish Davis and my husband Jay and I are the new owners of LittleSPORT in Maple Shade! I also LOVE to teach classes and interact with the little ones, so you’ll see me around the center quite a bit!
Jay and I fell in love with LittleSPORT as customers and parents of 2 little ones, and when we found out they were looking for new ownership, we jumped at the chance. Or, actually, maybe our girls talked us into it – not really sure! 🙂
In any case, it’s been a fun ride so far, and we’re working hard to make LittleSPORT a super fun, safe, and exciting place for your little ones (and you, too!).
Hope to see you in one of my classes!
Coach Nicole – “Give-7” Enrichment Asst. Teacher/Summer Camp Asst./Front Desk/Party Coach
Hi, I’m Nicole and I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Behavioral Psychology from Stockton University. I spent 3 years working at the after school program of the Atlantic County Special Services School, where I developed a passion for working with children of varying abilities. My goal is to become a play therapist and work with children on the Autism Spectrum. For me, working at LittleSPORT has been an amazing opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated, caring staff imaginable, and some of the most adorable kids you could ever meet. I have already learned so much along the way.
You can find me around LittleSPORT working in our Give-7 Enrichment program and our summer camp, behind the desk, and coordinating birthday bashes. I love being able to spend time playing with your little ones and getting to watch them grow in all aspects. One of my favorite parts about working here is seeing the smiles and confidence bursting from a child when they see what they are capable of; being able to help them get to that point is priceless.
I thoroughly believe in LittleSPORT’s mission statement: “Life Education through sports and play.” Watching and helping little ones develop a love for an active lifestyle and seeing them having fun while doing it is a very rewarding part of this job!
I can’t wait to get to know you and your little ones!
Coach Emily – Signature SPORT Class Coach/Party Coach/Front Desk
Hi, I’m Coach Emily and I’m a Mom of 2 awesome kids here in Maple Shade. I graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2011 with a degree in American History. I have worked with children in a number of settings since I was 13 including babysitting, daycare, and hands-on classroom teaching. I have over a decade of experience working specifically with children with special needs.
You will see me at LittleSPORT behind the desk, teaching classes, or at St. Andrew’s Nursery School running our off-site KidFit program. I love being able to teach children different developmental skills, sports, and, of course, team work. I love watching children grow from babies into independent big kids through our classes.
I look forward to seeing you and your little ones around LittleSPORT!
Coach Jen – LittleSPORT Founder/Signature SPORT Class Coach
For me, the main thing is that I truly believe in what we’re trying to accomplish at LittleSPORT. I feel that if we keep with the main rule – our Golden Rule work philosophy, where we do things by considering what we want for our own children and friends – we should do well. With our classes, it is our goal that not only do the children have fun, but every child that leaves our program knows how to “Give 7” (firm, 5-finger 2-eyed handshake!) and understands the meaning of teamwork. With our Arena play, we work to offer an environment that both the children and parents can enjoy together. With our parties, we work to take the stress off parents and provide a great experience for all who attend. Finally, being thankful for the opportunity to work without leaving my children, I plan to continue to use LittleSPORT as a way to promote what I truly believe: Life is better with sports and PLAY.
Read my full story of how LittleSPORT came to be on our Mission & History page.