Staff

You can’t have an incredible place without incredible staff to complete the experience. That’s why you’ll find the best at AdventurePlex, from the helpful managers to the friendly class instructors. Check out these brief bios to learn more.

Leslie Johnson

Instructor

Leslie is a registered Music Together teacher, co-director of South Bay Music Together, and mother of three boys!  She worked in the entertainment industry for 15 years and has always had a passion for music and performing.

BA in Communications Cal State Fullerton

Blake Giesler

Instructor

Does your child want to learn to dribble, pass and shoot and have fun doing it? Take Blake! With more than 25 years of experience teaching and coaching young kids, Blake has gained a vast understanding of learning styles and learning abilities. His students are encouraged to always be their best and never be afraid to try what they are learning. After taking Blake’s class, your child will love basketball more than they ever did before!

Specialization: basketball fundamentals

562-903-7671
B.A. Physical Education, Purdue University, M.A. Physical Education, CSU Dominguez Hills

Lauren Perelmuter

Instructor

Life Essential Skills such as creativity, innovation and critical thinking, are at the forefront of Art To Grow On Inc's Mission and Philosophy. Picasso Mommy and Me!, Peewee Picasso! and Play dough and Picasso! are classes that Ms. Perelmuter has developed along with her team of talented Art Educators. All Art Classes specialize in exposing students to the creative process through the Drawing Station, Paint Walls, Play dough Station, lessons introducing the Great Master Artists and more!

310-625-6028
University of California Santa Barbara, BA in Fine Art, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Degree in Textile Design, University of Paris, France, Certificate Degree in Art History and French

Aja Sapien

Camp Supervisor

For eight years now, Aja has helped bring AdventureCamp to life. This is the camp all kids look forward to when school is out. AdventureCamp’s success shows Aja’s dedication to ensuring that campers have a fun and memorable experience all while staying active and fit!

When she’s not running around with happy campers at AdventurePlex, you’ll find Aja running a marathon!

310-546-7708, x103
California State University, Long Beach

Cindy Foster

General Manager

Cindy is truly dedicated to the health and education of our youth. She has been working with children for the past 25 years in some capacity or another whether as an elementary classroom teacher or helping to develop an elementary health education curriculum for the Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach school districts. Cindy also writes and coordinates state and federal grants for the Redondo Beach Unified School District aimed at promoting elementary school counseling and safe and drug-free schools.

In college, Cindy was, and still is, proud to call herself an NCAA champion in softball.  She also loves to play golf and enjoys gardening and cooking.

Specialization: Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

310-546-7708, x103
B.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University, M.S. in Educational Administration from UCLA

Zachary Gray

Instructor

Zach has had a passion for working with children for the last 15 years; from babysitting and being a camp counselor in high school, to teaching after school programs and dance in studios during college. He currently teaches Sportball, which teaches the fundamentals of eight popular ball sports in a non-competitive environment using creative techniques that engage children and focus their attention.

When he’s not developing the athlete in his students, Zach enjoys playing volleyball in his hometown of Manhattan Beach. He has also played on a national roller hockey team, as well as all levels of baseball and football.

B.A. in Dance Choreography, California State University, Long Beach

Julie Millar

Instructor

Julie is a registered Music Together teacher, co-director of South Bay Music Together, and a mother of two. She has over 15 years of experience working with children and families, including work as a preschool teacher and pediatric hospital certified child life specialist. Julie now brings her love of music and strong child development background to South Bay Music Together families and children!

BA Child Development Cal State Northridge

Sarah Lackie

Instructor

Happy Kid Yoga introduces children to yoga in a kid friendly way. Classes consist of breathing exercises, poses, games to reinforce learning and relaxation. Age appropriate props and visual aids are utilized to engage students. All classes are non-competitive and customized to meet the specific needs of the children and location.

323-379-9642
All instructors hold 200 or 500 hour yoga teaching certifications from various studios such as Yoga Works, Hot 8 Yoga, Core Power Yoga, and Maha Yoga.