Upper Elementary 

Meet the Team

Dawn McNiel

Children put a skip in my step and a smile on my face! After having three of my own cherished children, 2 boys and 1 girl, I decided I wanted to spend the rest of my life teaching and learning with and from children. I attended Wilmington University in New Castle, DE receiving a Bachelors in Elementary Education K-6 with a double Minor in Special Education and History along with a Masters in School Leadership. I am currently enrolled at NAMC to receive my Montessori certification in 2020. I am looking forward to starting on my path toward a Doctorate in Education in 2021. After spending five years in Delaware both Teaching and Leading, I moved to Utah. During my time in Utah I have been actively involved in STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through writing and receiving grants, implementing STEM events, and volunteering as a STEM Ambassador for Utah. In 2017, I was award STEMi Teacher of the Year receiving start up funds toward a local school's first STEM lab. I am an advocate for project based, hands-on, blended learning. I’ve worked in both the private school and charter school settings and am currently Ignite’s Academic Excellence Lead and Upper Elementary Teacher. As Academic Excellence Lead, I am heavily involved in writing and maintaining grant money, running our school-wide Science Day, Art Day, Music Day, Literacy Week, and STEAM Family Event, and Mentoring Level 1 Teachers. As an Upper Elementary Teacher, I focus on student self-government and advocacy, being the student’s “guide”, and teaching to the student rather than the curriculum. In my spare time I love attending live theater, musical performances, and relaxing ocean side whenever possible.

Lead Teacher/Academic Excellence Lead/STEAM Coordinator

Dawn McNiel

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Jaylene Timothy

Jaylene is a Southern California girl who ventured to Utah in order to attend Brigham Young University, graduating with a B.S. in Psychology. ​Upon graduation she served a LDS mission in Rosario, Argentina which led her to discovering her passion for teaching. After returning from Argentina, Jaylene spent 3 years as the education director for Learning Through Robotics, where she coordinated STEM-based robotics programs for both the Nebo and Alpine school districts, providing children a hands-on approach to programming and applied math. Following LTR, she worked 2 years as a registered behavior technician at Utah Autism Academy. Jaylene fell in love with the kids there, aiding them in learning greater communication and life skills through ABA therapy. When she's not on the clock you can easily find Jaylene playing soccer, hiking, traveling or working on stained glass grouted mosaics- Jaysaics!

Lead Teacher

Jaylene Timothy

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Echo Harris

Since she was in 1st grade, Miss Harris knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her love for teaching and education has only grown through the years. She is dedicated to helping her students learn and grow not only academically, but also hopes that each one will leave her classroom with a growth mindset and good communication skills. Miss Harris recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University after completing her first year as a full time teacher in a 5th grade classroom. She is very excited to join to be a part of the Ignite team and is excited for a wonderful year. Miss Harris grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and loves spending time with family, hiking, and reading at every chance she gets.

Lead Teacher

Echo Harris

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Angela Gomez

Angela has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah, with an emphasis on childhood and adolescent development. Prior to joining the Ignite Academy staff, she was a research assistant in the University of Utah Department of Cognitive Science. She has also worked as a music instructor at the Bravo Arts Academy and an Upper Elementary Montessori Lead at Elizabeth Academy. Angela has finished her AMS Elementary I and II Montessori credentials from the Institute of Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. During her free moments, Angela enjoys scuba diving, playing sports, music, and video making. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her little boy.

Lead Teacher

Angela Gomez

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Brooke Waldron

Brooke Waldron knew that she would work with kids from a young age. She is very passionate about teaching to each individual child. She has been teaching for 12 years using the Montessori philosophy and uses this method in her home as well as school. Brooke is certified in NAMC Upper Elementary and also holds certification in Lindamood Bell Dyslexia Training. During the summer Brooke works with students with Down Syndrome and Autism. Brooke has toured the Acton Academy model in Austin, Texas and has spent a summer training under Kaylee Reid who is known for her expertise in Project Based Learning. She was able to implement this training in a private school that she helped start. During her time at Idea Academy, Brooke organized week-long educational trips for her class to Yellowstone and Catalina Island Marine Institute. She facilitated and supported her students in raising their own money for these trips. She is very excited to be part of Ignite and can’t wait to start the new year!

Lead Teacher/Team Lead/PBL Coordinator

Brooke Waldron

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Lily Johnson

My name is Lily Johnson. I'm from San Diego, CA and am currently attending UVU for elementary education. I worked as a nurses assistant for two years and love taking care of others and learning new things. My favorite activities are swimming and dancing. I'm 21 years old. I'm fluent in Spanish and English. I'm the youngest of four girls. I'm so excited to be teaching with Miss Dawn!

Teacher Assistant

Lily Johnson

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Dawn Harvey

Dawn Harvey has a great love for teaching. She loves helping children to discover their own "why". Dawn graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in History Teaching and a minor in Teaching English As A Second Language. Dawn has always found joy in teaching starting with teaching Italian to missionaries after serving as an LDS missionary in Southern Italy. She then taught ESL and History in Mexico at The Academia Juarez. When her oldest was born, Dawn decided to be a stay-at-home mom with her three children. She still found a way to keep teaching in the evenings as a community ESL, ballet, and music dance theater teacher. Dawn then homeschooled her children for 7 years. She taught in several co-op groups everything from history, art, and science to theater. Dawn became the director for the We The People program for the state of Utah in 2016. The program focuses on education and a competition for school aged children centered around the principles and philosophies of the constitution. Dawn finds purpose in helping children discover the beautiful world around them. She is very excited to be a part of the Ignite family.

Teacher Assistant

Dawn Harvey

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Emily Zumpano

Emily is a native Utahan and lover of the outdoors. When she's not in class, you can find her hiking, kayaking, trail-running, cheering on Real Salt Lake or spending time with her giant dogs. Emily earned her B.S. in Sociology, B.A in International Studies and TESOL certificate at the University of Utah in 2014. She has spent the last 5 years teaching English as a Second Language to students of all ages and backgrounds. She is currently working on her Master's of Elementary Education at Western Governors University. Emily is thrilled to work alongside passionate teachers with wonderful kids this year at Ignite.

Teacher Assistant

Emily Zumpano

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Shelley Parker

Shelley is a native Utahn. She lived in Texas for 13 years and established the Parker Academy in Fort Worth. She taught grades 1 – 9 for 11 years, in subjects ranging from music, nutrition/fitness, history, math and language arts. When Shelley moved back to Utah, she became a substitute teacher in the Alpine School District before becoming employed as a teaching assistant and paraprofessional at Mountainville Academy. Her duties included administering all the state testing for 5th grade, directing small groups of students in further learning, teaching accelerated reading and spelling groups. She also taught Math classes from 4th thru 6th grade. Shelley’s classes were unique in that they incorporated music, anatomy, history, adventure, discussion, and fun! She joined Ignite Academy's team for their start-up year. She was able to share her enthusiasm for teaching anatomy, art, and history. Shelley is excited to be returning to Ignite for their amazing philosophies of self-directed learning and responsibility. Her hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, camping, gardening, traveling, singing, genealogy, and spending time with her 8 children and 14 grandchildren!

Teacher Assistant

Shelley Parker

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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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