Varsity Pom Pon · 10 Questions w/Coach Carmi

Today we get to know Coach Tiffany Carmi our Head Poms Coach!


I was born and raised in Oswego, Il, a southwest suburb of Chicago.  Growing up, my parents encouraged me to try every sport I wanted including gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, horseback riding, basketball, track, softball, cheerleading, and poms. If we were home, my siblings and I would be outside playing pick up games with the neighborhood kids. When we weren’t outside playing, I could be found creating arts and crafts or reading books.  We were always either playing or making something.

In high school, I was one of 3 seniors in my class that earned the tri-athlete award.  I was a three season Varsity athlete all 4 years of high school.  I spent 4 years on our Varsity Pom Team in the Fall, Varsity Competition Dance Team in the Winter, and Varsity Track and Field in the Spring.  I even played on a traveling softball team during the summer.

I attended Monmouth College where I earned a Bachelors of Art in Fine Arts and a certificate in Education. I was on the Monmouth Dance Team for 3 years and a captain my final year.  After college, I moved to Potomac, Md where I have spent the last 14 years.  I taught art to ages 3-adult for several years at Artworks Fine Art Studio in Bethesda before deciding to pursue teaching.  I was hired at Winston Churchill High School in 2012. In 2013 I was given the opportunity to become an assistant coach for the WCHS Poms.  I spent 2 seasons as an Assistant Coach before I became the Head Coach.


 1. What motivates you to work hard?


I think I am motivated to work hard because my parents instilled it in me at a young age.  I was raised  to give 100% in everything I do. If I was involved in something, my parents provided me with private lessons like hitting coaches, a high jump coach, and various summer camps at North Central College for basketball and volleyball.  They worked hard to provide those opportunities to me and I did not want to let them down

2. What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?


 I wanted to be an interior designer when I was growing up.  In my high school all juniors were required to take a class called “adult living”.  There was a project that asked us to research the career we wanted to pursue after high school.  It was then that I scared myself out of being an interior designer due to the amount of stress students in that field had.  After having a conversation with my high school art teacher about pursuing art she told me that she felt I would be a great art teacher.  She mentored me while I was in college and allowed me to observe her classes while home on break.

 3. What is your favorite childhood memory?


 My favorite childhood memories involve the neighborhood games of basketball, two hand touch football, baseball, or volleyball that we would play in my yard.  All the neighborhood kids would come over, we would pick our teams and play full games for hours. 

4. What is the last book you read that you absolutely couldn’t put down?


I have always loved reading and I am a big fan of crime novels lately. I am currently reading the same book as Cat Trouteaud, The Silent Wife by Karen Slaughter. I have not found a lot of down to sit and read lately but I love listening to audiobooks while I’m doing household chores, cooking, driving or creating art.

5. What’s your all-time favorite movie?


 My favorite movie of all time is Grease.  I would watch this all the time with my aunt growing up.  I knew every word, every song, and every scene.

6. Who is your favorite band?


I am a big country music fan and love the Zac Brown Band.  

7. What is your favorite holiday?


 I would have to say my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because you get to be with your family and eat a lot of food.

8. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?


 Easy, pizza.  I love pizza.

9. Which famous person would you like to be best friends with?


I would like to be friends with Taylor Swift. She is an amazing singer/songwriter but she is also a great human. She has been recognized for her numerous philanthropic efforts and uses her fame and voice to share her opinions to raise encourage change within our country.

 10. If you could have a superpower what would it be?


 If I could have a superpower, I would like it to be teleporting.   I have family that  live in Illinois, a brother in Colorado, step dad in Alabama, mom and brother in Tennessee, & grandfather in South Carolina and it makes it hard to be able to see everyone.  Teleporting would make it 1000x easier.