Heidi Long's passion is creating an educational environment that is dynamic and engaging. This environment includes a place where students feel safe enough to take risks, challenge themselves, and explore what interests them. It is an environment where teachers are empowered to create a place of learning that is student-centered and encourages exploration and discovery. Her professional background includes 18 years of service in a variety of educational environments, including that of a classroom teacher, a curriculum coordinator, a smaller learning communities director, and a school administrator at the middle and high school levels. She holds a Bachelor's of Education in English and Speech Communication as well as a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Idaho. Heidi enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. She currently resides in Alpine.
Jennifer is passionate about teaching students with learning differences and helping them find and use their strengths to achieve their goals. Jennifer holds Bachelor's degrees from Northern Arizona University in Special Education and Elementary Education. Most recently, she attended the Montessori Upper Elementary Education program at Westminster College and is working towards a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Jennifer is an experienced Special Educator and has taught grades K-12 in Public, Charter and Distant Learning school settings. Her strengths include working with students with specific behavior needs and supporting students as they find innovative and individual ways to be successful learners in the general curriculum. Jennifer and her husband have two daughters and together they have made Utah their home for over 20 years. Jennifer and her family enjoy attending musical theater and dance performances, Utah Grizzly Hockey games, cooking Greek food together and traveling. Jennifer is looking forward to another great school year at Ignite!
Special Education Director
Ms. Kim is excited and honored to be part of the Ignite community. Her passion is education and striving for student’s intellectual development and achievement in a supportive, positive climate where children feel safe, loved, and respected. Her education, coupled with years of teaching experience, has inspired her to join the administration team. The bulk of her teaching was spent in primary grades and special education. She was also a high school volleyball coach. Ms. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education, and a Masters in Administrative Leadership. When she’s not busy at school, Ms. Kim and her husband spend their weekends cheering on their three children in football, volleyball, tennis, and orchestra. Her family also enjoys traveling, especially to Hawaii and Las Vegas, to see their family and friends. Ms. Kim considers it a great privilege and responsibility to be your child’s assistant principal this year and is looking forward to a new adventure as an administrator at Ignite full of learning, growing, and fun! She is proud to be a firebird!
Lani Murray is excited to start this new venture. She has had over 8 years of experience in administrative roles at charter schools here in Utah. Lani loves using her skills and education by merging her passions of project management, business management and public administration with her love of working with parents, students and teachers. Lani is a doting grandmother to eleven beautiful grandchildren and has 6 wonderful children. Some have described Lani as a workaholic or energizer bunny, but she would describe herself as someone who dives in with both feet into a project. Lani looks forward to partnering with all of you to ensure the best educational experience for your children.
Distance Learning Director
Gary Adams is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in accounting, auditing, tax and business services. He celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and is excited about the possibilities that Ignite will provide for young people. His career has been spent mainly with small businesses, helping new and emerging companies with high quality financial services. Gary graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He worked with Ernst & Whinney in Sacramento, CA and later returned to Utah where he has been a partner in a CPA firm and Chief Financial Officer of several businesses. He currently owns his own accounting practice in Spanish Fork. Gary and his wife, Gini, are the parents of four children and grandparents of seven.