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What you need to know:


1.) We background check everyone that works with our participants. 

2.) All of our staff are required to be mandated reporters. 

3.) We offer competitive compensation staring at $18.00 - $20.00 per HR.

4.) Instructors in each location are supported by a local supervisor. 

5.) Instructors must be 18+ years old to lead a program on their own.

6.) Staff are taught different ways to allow participants to give active feedback each session.

7.) We offer our instructors access to TONS of different resources through their staff portals.

Meet Our Leadership Team!

Robert Thornton

Owner & Founder

Robert Thornton, is a young entrepreneur with a passion for helping people learn and create new meaningful experiences. He's been all over the country working in the recreation and leisure industry. He spent time as a Camp Counselor, Outdoor Education Instructor, Team Building & Leadership Development Specialist, Field Instructor for At-Risk Youth, National Parks Guide, Franchise Support Specialist, and Camp Director has taught him quite a bit about how to have fun. 

Learn more about anything Rec Academy by reaching out now!



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David Saunders

Strategic Development Director

David is our Head of Strategic Development and assists primarily with establishing new Recreation Academy locations, developing new marketing tools, and program sales across the nation. He has an incredible track record for setting new facilities up for immense success inside their first 2 years of partnering with us. We're thrilled to have him on our team. 


Want to learn more about setting up a branch in your area? Reach out today to discuss the possibilities with him! 



Alesha Mizuer

Area Manager -

St. Louis & Springfield, IL 

Our amazing Area Manager Alesha helps lead the charge for all things Springfield, IL & assists with our St. Louis location, when things get crazy, during the summer. She's an absolutely fantastic staff member who is focusing on earning her degree in child psychology. Any program that she supports or leads is bound to be a blast!


Want to get in touch with Alesha about your camper, setting up a program in Springfield, IL, or something else? Get in touch now to learn more.




Jessica Thornton 

Area Manager  - Springfield, IL

Jessica plays a hugely important support role inside of our organization. Providing advice on legal matters, assisting with logistics, and ensuring that everyone adheres to our quality control guidelines for all programs. With her years of paralegal, business, and life experience she's a very welcome addition to The Rec Academy Team! 


Want to learn more about Jessica's role in our organization or how to capitalize on on having our activities at your facility? Reach out now!



Fabian Santiago

Area Manager -

St. Louis, MO

Fabian is a fun expert! Being an amazing Dad, College Professor, and fantastic employee just scratches the surface of who he is. With a passion for helping participants make memories, training support staff to have better overall experiences, and meeting new people he's just the type of person our organization needs. We're thrilled to have him available to assist with our St. Louis, MO partners. 

Contact Fabian or Bobby today to discuss anything St. Louis related. Registrations, Issues, New Program Sales, etc., we'd be happy to help!

Phone: 314-252-8344

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