Elsa Thompson first learned about CircEsteem at an after-school program when she was 9. From there, she joined Chicago Youth Circus classes on Saturdays, and soon moved up to the performance troupe. She competed in the Gym Wheel World Championships twice, in Chicago in 2012 and in Italy in 2014. After graduating high school, she studied at Franklin University Switzerland and graduated in 2020 with a degree in Psychology and Cultural Studies. She is very excited to be working with the CircEsteem community again as the Program Coordinator for After School Activities.