Summer Hours
June: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Wednesday
July: Closed August: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Main Office Hours
7:30 am-3:00 pm Monday-Thursday
8:00 am-Noon Friday

Main Phone: 801-901-8520
Fax: (801) 901-8515

Lower Elementary

Meet the Team

Amanda Stafford

Lead Teacher

Amanda Stafford

Amanda loves seeing children find their love of learning. Her desire is for every student in her class to become a lifelong learner as well as gain confidence in their individual abilities.  She has eight years of experience teaching first and second grade. Since becoming a teacher she has earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. When not in the classroom Amanda is enjoying life with her family. She loves camping, hiking or anything outdoors. She also enjoys snuggling her kids while reading a good book or watching a movie together. They enjoy finding an adventure everywhere they go and had the opportunity to spend the past year in Nashville. 
astafford@igniteutah.org

Amy Herron

Lead Teacher

Amy Herron

Amy Herron is originally from Riverside, California.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton, a long time ago. She recently completed my Master’s in Elementary Teaching in November 2019, and is currently working on her NAMC Montessori diploma and enjoying it! Amy loves learning, especially from her students. I can’t imagine a more fulfilling job than helping to educate young minds. She has been a long term substitute for several grades over the last couple of years, also a homeschool teacher, a soccer coach, and dance instructor, and everything that comes with being a mother.   Amy has been married for 23 years to a wonderful scientist.  They have five children, three girls and two boys.  When she’s not teaching,  she loves reading, baking, and gardening, especially landscape design.
aherron@igniteutah.org

Chelsi Ostergaard

Lead Teacher/Team Lead

Chelsi Ostergaard

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.
costergaard@igniteutah.org

Karly Thompson

Lead Teacher

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.
kthompson@igniteutah.org

Lynnea Kartchner

Lead Teacher

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.
lkartchner@igniteutah.org

Tasia Thurston

Lead Teacher

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.
thurston@igniteutah.org

Angie Roberts

Teacher Assistant

Angie Roberts

Angie graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication. By working for Boy Scouts of America, Angie found a love of teaching others. She enjoys helping individuals find their voice. Angie also loves high adventure activities, including high ropes course, white water rafting, and shooting sports. 
aroberts@igniteutah.org

Elise Staker

Teacher Assistant

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!
estaker@igniteutah.org

Haleigh Morris

Teacher Assistant

Haleigh Morris

My name is Haleigh Morris and I am from Southern California. I am studying at UVU towards a bachelors in elementary education. I love the outdoors, yoga, and ice cream!
hmorris@igniteutah.org

Hannah McFarlane

Teacher Assistant

Hannah McFarlane

Hannah Macfarlane has lived Utah her entire life and cannot imagine living anywhere besides this wonderful place! She has had the pleasure of working with kids of all ages-whether that be in an afterschool program, summer camp, elementary school, preschool, and Kindergarten Prep! Hannah originally went to school to become a Master Esthetician. While working toward her certification, she worked at an elementary school and shortly after graduating, realized her true passion was working with kids! She loves being a part of their adventures in learning and growing! There is something so incredible about them and it is so fulfilling to her to be part of this. She has been married to her sweet husband since April 2018 and we love going to movies, concerts, camping, and being together!
hmcfarlane@igniteutah.org

Roxana Santana

Teacher Assistant

Roxana Santana

My name is Roxana Santana and I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I have a bachelors degree from the University of California Riverside. Moving to Utah has been the best decision I have made because I am able to give me family a better style of living. I have always loved children and now that I have my own child I have realized that teaching is the career I want to be in. I have been teaching PreK for 2 years and loved every second of it. I am looking forward to learning and gaining more experiences with Ignite. 
rsantana@igniteutah.org

Above all else, we love kids. Their individuality, their abilities, their passions. Children are amazing people and we consider ourselves lucky to work with them everyday.

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Lehi, UT 84043

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