Mr. Craig Bayer is originally from New York where he completed his Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry at the University of Binghamton and had the opportunity to study Spanish overseas at the University of Seville, Spain. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oregon’s Graduate School of Education with a Master’s Degree in Middle Secondary Education and is a licensed middle school science and math teacher as well as a high school chemistry teacher. While at the University of Oregon, Mr. Bayer also did graduate work in the Department of Human Physiology where he studied gross anatomy, tissue injury and repair and health and human performance. He did extensive research while in the department on growth plate injuries and has written many related papers on the sport of gymnastics and how to take care of the young athlete. Mr. Bayer is currently working on a second Master’s Degree in Chemical and Life Sciences at the University of Maryland.
In his early years as a gymnastics coach Mr. Bayer had the opportunity to work & study with several Olympic and Hall of Fame coaches in the sports of gymnastics & track and field. Over the years, he has gone on to train some of the finest gymnasts in the United States who have defined themselves by winning at the state, regional & national levels and many have received full-ride scholarships to division one and two colleges and universities. He has taken gymnasts to compete internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala & Canada. Mr. Bayer brings a unique coaching style to Paramount Sports Complex that combines his extensive theoretical background with his practical experience as a coach, teacher and former gymnast. He is a firm believer in teaching the basics first and taking a step-by-step approach to the higher-level skills in the sport of gymnastics; safety always comes first!
Mr. Bayer’s philosophy of education is summed up quite well in a paragraph taken from his thesis:
“As far as my philosophy of education, there are only two words that come to mind, and those are patience and understanding. Every student is different and needs to be taught with differentiation in mind. Every day a child walks out of their house with a different set of circumstances that can either be ignored or acknowledged with sensitivity; I choose to do the latter. I recognize that children come from many different walks of life and I myself have strolled many paths. I understand cultural diversity and the positive influences that our differences can bring to an educational setting. I choose to recognize and embrace the beauty and uniqueness of each individual, but also understand that all students have the same basic needs of being respected and valued.”
In his spare time Mr. Bayer enjoys hiking outdoors and has climbed some of the highest mountain peaks in the United States including Mt. Shasta in 2008. He is a licensed pilot and also enjoys martial arts, chess and his favorite pastime, playing the piano!