Meet our Staff
My name is Jima King. I was born and raised in Arlington, TX. I graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science. Fresh out of college and with the help of my parents, Jack and Tina Richie, I founded Spirals Gymnastics in 1982. Spirals has moved several times from its original location in Grand Prairie, and we have grown with each move. We’ve created many great programs that make Spirals more than just a gymnastics school.
My vision for Spirals really took a turn in 2002, when we added a swimming pool to our facility. Our goal was to build a curriculum that focuses not solely on winning, but on goal setting and recognizing each individual’s accomplishments. In 2004, we created Ed-venture Camp, a program that truly stands out from all the rest. The first year of our After School Program was in 2005, and now we are thriving more than ever. In 2012, we created Ed-venture Kids Academy, a private preschool with a great curriculum, focusing on Kindergarten readiness and physical education. For our 30th year anniversary, we changed our name to Spirals Gym and Ed-venture Kids Center, reflecting our wide variety of programs. In 2015 came our greatest expansion yet. We opened a new location in Kennedale geared for higher-level gymnastics, cheer and Go Ninja!
Although my parents are no longer with us, my family and I continue to carry on the dream that they started so many years ago. I have two wonderful children, Abbey and Grayson. My husband, Simon, is a sounding board as we move forward. We have three dogs, named Lulu, Charlie and Georgia. We have truly remained a family-owned and operated business, which makes me very proud. It has been quite an amazing journey, and I look forward to many more exciting years to come!
My name is Simon King. I was born and raised in London, England, or very-far-northeast Texas as I like to call it. I graduated from the University of Liverpool with Bachelors of Science in Physics and Materials Science before completing a Phd at the University of Oxford in Nuclear Engineering.
A long and winding road with quite a few highlights brought me to Texas in 2005 to work as a quant for the Bass family. I met Jima pretty soon after arriving and we married in 2008 since which time I have become gradually more and more involved in Spirals. This culminated in our building the Kennedale facility together in 2015. Nominally, I run Kennedale and Jima runs Mansfield. However, there is considerable overlap. Not having a gymnastics background, Jima is firmly in charge of the product and marketing, while I handle the business side of things (and fix toilets). I also run our other joint business, Texas Music Live.
Jima and I look forward to many more years together. We are both serial entrepreneurs and who knows what might come next.
After-school program director (Mansfield)
Graduated Martin High School 2010 • CPR certified
Hello! My name is Abbey and I am the After School director here in Mansfield. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of your children and helping them grow as the school year unfolds. I hope that by the end of each year, I know each child for their uniqueness and that I have been able to relate to and care for each of them in a way that meets their individual needs. With that being said, I’d like to share a bit about myself with you. I am 30 years old, and I have been working with children almost my entire life. I have three child of my own, although they have four legs and fur. Their names are Hercules, Leonidas, and Oddyseus. I enjoy any time spent with my friends and family. I can’t wait to meet you all, and I hope you are just as excited for the school year as I am!
gymnastics program director
Graduated from Duncanville High School • Graduated from UT- Arlington
Hello, my name is Amy Strouth, and I have worked for Spirals since late 1999. I have been involved in gymnastics most of my life, first as a competitive gymnast and now as an instructor for over 25 years. What I find great about the sport is that not only are children learning skills that build strength, coordination and balance, but also discipline and confidence in themselves and their abilities. It is wonderful to see the excitement when a student does a skill by themselves for the first time. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with each student and help them reach their potential.
ed-venture kids academy director/after school registrar
Child Development Associate (Preschool) • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified • Training Specialist for Camp Fire USA • Former Assistant Director- Child Time Learning Center • Infant Teacher- Menwith Hill Child Development Center
My name is Ally Johnson. I am originally from Lincoln, England but I have lived in Mansfield since 2007. I am married with 3 children and 3 grand children. I started my early childhood career 20 years ago in the military child development centers. I became a certified, licensed home day care provider to families of US troops. I also taught preschool for the United States Air Force child development centers. It is there that I received my Child Development Associate in Preschool. I went on to be a site director and Training Specialist for Camp Fire USA in Albuquerque, NM.
After relocating to Texas in 2007 I was the employee trainer and then Assistant Director for Child Time Learning Center in Arlington. I joined Spirals in 2012 where, as well as teaching my wonderful preschoolers, I am also the After School training and licensing administrator.
Preschool is my passion. I am mostly rewarded when working directly with children. I love each child’s individuality and I enjoy figuring out what each child loves to do so I can better help foster their own passions. My goal is to provide an educational program that is safe and fun, and to create a learning environment in partnership with our parents.
I am originally from Abilene, Texas though I I have lived all over west Texas. I honestly can't remember not being in gymnastics as a child. I started taking classes at age 4 and went on to compete all the way through high school. After graduation, I coached gymnastics for two years. I have since graduated college with a BBA in Marketing and am married with two amazing daughters, Kyla and Leya. Gymnastics has always been a passion of mine and my life recently came full-circle when Spirals was looking for someone with a background in gymnastics. It has been the perfect place to reminisce and see that same passion alive in our students!
Hello, My name is Amy! I have been with Spirals since 2018. I really enjoy coming to work each day and having the privledge to watch your children grow into happy, healthy, succesful people! Spirals has been a wonderful place for my own kid to flourish as well!
Graduated University of Texas-Pan American • Inventor of Swim P.A.L.S. • Farrier (Horse shoer) since 1984 • CPR Certified
My name is Aaron Samano. I was born and raised in Hildago, a town in South Texas. I graduated from University of Texas-Pan American with a major of Kinesiology and a minor in Biology. I have coached swimming for 30 years, and I have coached gymnastics for more than 30 years. I have three sons, Zach, Luke and Matthew… twins! I have worked for the Spirals family since 2000. I enjoy teaching children and helping them build fundamental skills in gymnastics and swimming.