Lower Elementary

Meet the Team

Leslie Gardner

Leslie graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Business Marketing and Secondary Education. She found her love of teaching through gymnastics, which she taught for over 20 years. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing and helping others build self-confidence. She enjoys interacting with others, reading, organizing, finding good food, and being with her family.

Teacher Assistant

Leslie Gardner

McKelle Foster

My Name is McKelle Foster!
I have lived in Utah my whole life, I currently live in Mapleton. I am married to an amazing husband and have 2 beautiful step kids! I love being outdoors and being active. I love playing the piano and I love to paint! I originally was going to UVU for Pre-Med and Emergency Services, got my EMT, CNA, and CPR licenses as well as Phlebotomy and EKG. But I am now going to school to complete my teaching degree. I LOVE children and am so blessed I can be apart of their growing life to help them learn!

Teacher Assistant

McKelle Foster

Jennica Redd

Jennica Redd completed her undergraduate degree at BYU (majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in TESOL) after completing my student teaching at an inner city school in Washington D.C. She has taught for three years in a traditional public setting, and cannot wait to start my journey as a Montessori-certified educator. She is truly passionate about this method and think it prepares children with the appropriate skills for a successful life. Outside of school, she enjoys anything related to sports. In college, Jennica competed for four years and continues her passion by being a member of the Runner's Corner Elite club team. I also love cooking, singing, traveling (15 countries and counting!), decorating, reading, and rollerblading.

Lead Teacher

Jennica Redd

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Karly Thompson

Karly Thompson has worked in various settings with children of all ages for more than six years. From after school programs to mental health organizations, she has loved it all. Through all of these programs and experiences she has realized her passion to help children to learn and to realize their potential. She will be graduating with her bachelors degree summer 2018 and is very excited to begin her first year as a full time teacher at Ignite. Karly is has been happily married to her husband since February 2017. She enjoys rock climbing, running, camping, and doing anything else outside with her husband.

Lead Teacher

Karly Thompson

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Tasia Thurston

Tasia holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management with a minor in Marketing, as well as an Associate's Degree in University Studies, from Utah Valley University. She attended an early college high school called UCAS while she also attended classes at UVU. Tasia worked as a lower elementary teacher assistant last year at Ignite and loved it! She enjoys being around kids and being able to encourage their development. Tasia lives in American Fork with her son Ryan.

Lead Teacher

Tasia Thurston

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Karlee Brading

Karlee graduated from Brigham Young University in 2018, with a degree in Theatre Education and spent her first year of teaching at Ignite, learning the Montessori way. She is currently working her way towards another teaching license, in Elementary Education. Karlee believes people never stop being students, there is always something more to learn! She loves helping children find a love for learning and developing strong problem solving skills. Outside of school, Karlee loves going on outdoor adventures with her husband. She finds joy in hiking, books, and the arts. Family is one of her greatest treasures in life and she can't wait to add this year's students to her family.

Lead Teacher

Karlee Brading

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Madison Harris

Teacher Assistant

Madison Harris

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Chelsi Harris

Chelsi has been a Montessori teacher since 2007. She spent many years teaching in Early Childhood and recently switched to Lower Elementary. Chelsi loves working closely with children and loves seeing them succeed. She wants nothing but the best for every child in her classroom and she enjoys getting to know each child as an individual. Chelsi has earned her MACTE Early Childhood Montessori credential through MEPI (Montessori Education Programs International) and her Lower Elementary Montessori AMS credential through the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. She is currently in the process of completing her Bachelor's degree in Special Education at Westminster College. When she is not teaching, Chelsi loves golfing, playing and watching sports, spending time with her family, camping and being outdoors.

Lead Teacher/Team Lead

Chelsi Harris

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Elise Staker

Elise was born and raised in Utah and graduated from Skyridge High school in 2017. She has enjoyed working with children from a very young age. When she learned about Ignite and their approach to education, she knew it was something she wanted to be a part of. It's important to her that each child walks into the classroom feeling welcome, loved and appreciated for their differences. She loves working with different personalities and has a gift to bond with children that may struggle. She has always had a deep appreciation for learning and is excited to help inspire that same passion in others. Elise enjoys to spend her free time reading or doing any sort of art project. She looks forward to many new adventures with the students of IEA!

Teacher Assistant

Elise Staker

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Lynnea Kartchner

Lynnea Kartchner was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington. She has been happily married to her husband, Roger, for 20 years. They have 7 children and just completed an 18-month mission for the LDS church in Hamilton, New Zealand. After completing her Bachelors of Business, Lynnea, worked in the Alpine School District as a para-professional. She also taught at Orem Junior High School. One of her greatest passions is to design costumes for live theater. Lynnea has worked for Lehi City Arts and Hale Center Theater, sewing and designing original costumes. Lynnea’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her grandchildren. She also loves gardening, sewing, theater, reading and long walks.

Lead Teacher

Lynnea Kartchner

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Christopher Johnson

Mr. Johnson loves learning about new cultures and reflecting upon our great history as mankind, which led him to his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities with and emphasis in Media Arts at Brigham Young University. Watching how we have progressed as society and what potentials we have excites him and fuels his passion for life. Currently, Christopher is pursuing a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation through Abilene Christian University online. ​He is married to a wonderful wife, Anne, and the couple have no children…yet. They enjoy living in Sandy and appreciate all the seasons Utah has to offer. Some of Christopher’s hobbies are playing and watching tennis, volleyball, swimming, reading, listening to music, and watching films. He enjoys being with friends and values his relationships with family members and friends. He is also doing an internship with Westminster College.

Teacher Assistant

Christopher Johnson

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Julie Fleming

Julie received her Nurse Assistant Certification from Davis Technical College. She has always loved medicine and worked in the medical field for many years. Julie is married and has three beautiful children, they keep her on her toes! When her first child was born she knew that is where she wanted to be. Julie followed her to Kindergarten and 1st grade, volunteering in class nearly every day. She realized she loved watching the children learn. She loved watching their eyes light up as they mastered new concepts. She loved watching them problem solve and find their own unique qualities. When her youngest started Kindergarten she once again went back to the classroom, this time as an instructional aide. Julie enjoys spending time with her family doing whatever they can to make a memory. When they are not making a memory, she enjoys planning the next adventure. Julie is excited to enjoy the journey with the students and staff of Ignite!

Teacher Assistant

Julie Fleming

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Address:

Ignite Academy
1650 W Traverse Terrace Dr
Lehi, UT 84043-5994

Email: info@igniteutah.org

Phone: (801) 901-8520

Fax: (801) 901-8515

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