Our passionate, highly trained staff is committed to helping our students thrive as gymnasts and individuals. It is our mission to create an environment where all children can play and grow.


Photo Credit:  Jacqueline Hidalgo

Photo Credit:  Jacqueline Hidalgo

Karissa Johnson, Owner & Instructor

Karissa is the proud founder of Spectra Gymnastics. She has been teaching in the gymnastics industry for the past 15 years in a variety of roles including competitive gymnastics, recreational gymnastics, as a preschool program director and special needs program director. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and has worked as an ABA Therapist since 2008. With her blended background of gymnastics and behavioral therapy, she has created specialized classes at Spectra to teach a variety of social, emotional and communication skills through the movement of gymnastics.

“It is such an honor and privilege to work with our community of learners at Spectra. I am extremely passionate about using various approaches and strategies to guide our students into becoming more confident and self-aware individuals”.  


photo credit: jacqueline hidalgo

photo credit: jacqueline hidalgo

Cassidy Baker, Office Manager, Instructor

Cassidy has almost a decade of customer service and front desk experience, as well as a background in Early Childhood Development. She first joined the Spectra community as the parent of a child enrolled in our program. She has been amazed with the progress her son has made both socially and emotionally (and loves seeing how much fun he has in the process). She is excited to be part of the Spectra team and helping our students succeed!


Photo Credit: Jacqueline Hidalgo

Photo Credit: Jacqueline Hidalgo

Jesse Norris, Instructor

Jesse graduated from Quest University Canada in 2013 with a major in Psychology. He has since worked as a counselor and teacher at a residential treatment center for children and at an alternative high school in S.E. Portland. Jesse has seven years of coaching experience in basketball, coaching last season at Cleveland High School. He has many years of playing experience in basketball, football and baseball. Jesse will bring his experience in working toward goals as an individual and as a team as he strives to teach classes that inspire minds to create!


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Jordan Wagner, Instructor

Jordan has a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Art from Colorado State University. She is currently in her final year of the M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling program from Marylhurst University. Jordan participated in competitive volleyball and soccer for six years before beginning college. She has professional experience as a teacher assistant, childcare provider, and art therapy intern. She brings a strong knowledge base in social skill building, group-work, and creative play to her role as Lead Instructor. Jordan is very excited to be a part of the Spectra Gymnastics team!


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Ellie Wirth, Instructor

Ellie is currently an optional level 10 gymnast at Oregon Metropolitan Elite Gymnastics Academy, also known as Omega. She has competed in gymnastics in the U.S. Junior Olympic program since she was six years old and holds many state titles. Gymnastics is her passion and favorite sport, and she loves every minute she spends in the gym. Ellie volunteered weekly at Spectra from 2015 through 2017 and is now a proud member of the Spectra teaching team! She enjoys coaching other athletes who are also diagnosed with ASD (and related disorders) and she loves every minute of teaching others.