School Hours (1st-8th grade)
Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 am – 2:30 pm 
Fri.-8:00am -11:45 am

Main Office Hours
7:30 am-3:00 pm Mon.-Thurs.
8:00 am-Noon Friday

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

Middle School (7th/8th Grade)
MEET THE TEAM

Brooke Waldron

Lead Teacher, Team Lead
(Leadership/PBL/Science)
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 is certified in NAMC Upper Elementary. 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. She facilitated and supported  her students in raising their own money for these trips.
bwaldron@igniteutah.org

Dawn McNiel

Lead Teacher
(English Language Arts/CTE)
After having three of her own cherished children, 2 boys and 1 girl, Miss Dawn decided she wanted to spend the rest of her life teaching and learning with and from children. Miss Dawn is 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, Dawn was award STEM Teacher of the Year receiving start up funds toward a local school's first STEM lab!  She is an advocate for project based, hands-on, blended learning. As a middle school teacher, Miss Dawn is excited to focus on student self-government and advocacy, being the student’s “guide”, and teaching to the student rather than the curriculum.
dmcniel@igniteutah.org

Nathan Michael

Lead Teacher
(Math/Social Studies)
Nate Michael knew that he wanted to do some sort of teaching since he first taught at a Scout camp during his teenage years. He is a firm believer in teaching to each child’s needs and making learning accessible to all levels of learning. He wants all students to have a love for learning and focus on having a growth mindset by the time they leave his classroom. Nate is an avid outdoorsman who loves to spend his free time hiking, camping, kayaking, and backpacking.
nmichael@igniteutah.org

Tracy Hales

Student Support ParaProfessional
Tracy Hales is a dedicated member of IEA's Special Education team. She has the ability to connect with students and relate to them in a way that builds trust and engages them in learning. She has spent several years in a variety of areas of the educational field and uses these teaching opportunities to make real world connections for the middle school students she supports. thales@igniteutah.org

CORE STUDIES

ENGLISH

English Language Arts Reading and Writing - STEP Up to Writing Curriculum Every Step Up to Writing® strategy is built to support specific standards in the areas of writing, vocabulary, language, reading, and speaking & listening.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The Utah Studies standards are based on four social studies disciplines: history, geography, economics, and civics. Students will explore the complex history of Utah, with examples of creativity, sacrifice, conflict, innovation, inequity, compromise, and leadership. Students will also learn about Utah’s diverse physical geography, encounter Utah’s economic systems and dynamics, and explore local and statewide political systems.

MATH

Illustrative Mathematics is a problem-based core curriculum for 21st century learners designed to address content and practice standards to foster learning for all, preparing students to solve problems, reason, communicate, and think critically in the classroom and beyond.

SCIENCE

Inspire Science sparks students’ curiosity through fascinating real-world phenomena. Students investigate, problem-solve, argue, and discuss scientific phenomena to make sense of the world from their perspective.

SPECIALTY STUDIES

SERVICE LEARNING

Service learning can improve character values and responsible behavior. Students learn how to be respectful toward others and toward public property, and they develop awareness of healthy life choices. Ignite Middle School students have provided paracord bracelets, letters, stuffed animals and candy to deployed military. Operation Gratitude requests these items and sends boxes to those serving our country.

MENTORING (Buddy Classes)

Middle School students will serve as role models; supporting the social and emotional growth of elementary students as well as strengthening personal leadership, decision making and problem solving skills.

Career and Technical Education

Combining structured mentoring with project-based learning, skill building and career exploration is a powerful approach tailor-made to young adolescents. Each student in the middle grades should have the opportunity to discover who they can become. All adults have a role to play in equipping them for that journey.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Each spring USU Physics Day at Lagoon offers the chance for thousands of middle school and high school students to gather at Utah’s largest amusement park to “do physics”. The USU Physics Department, the Idaho National Laboratory, and a host of STEM sponsors organize a wide variety of physics-based contests and activities at all levels centered around amusement park physics. And each year thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships are awarded to top students and teachers.

Since 2004, Hale Centre Theatre has been given generous support which allows us to offer daytime performances free of charge to school groups from throughout the Intermountain West. These productions and musicals are based on classic novels and historical events that are often connected to content students are learning in middle school. 

Catalina Island is a beautiful natural laboratory where 7th and 8th grade students have the opportunity to travel to for approximately $1,2000.  It is an optional trip.  Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) is an outdoor science school, providing an exciting outdoor education experience for 4th through 12th grade students from public and private schools. Our program is offered at three locations on Catalina Island – operated by the nonprofit corporation, Guided Discoveries – including Toyon Bay, Fox Landing, and Cherry Cove. During the  five-day field trip programs, students and teachers enjoy a variety of experiential science labs and adventure activities in Marine Science and Island Ecology

Reality Town is a fun, hands-on curriculum for seventh and eighth grade  students on a two year rotation that culminates in a two hour simulation that is run by Ignite parent volunteers and teachers, during which time students take on a career, salary, spouse, or lack thereof, children and the financial obligations of a 30 year old adult. Armed with their Reality Town Student Handbook, Personalized Pay Stub,  and a pen, students are responsible for making financial decisions and standard monthly expenditures for their Reality Town family.  The simulation offers 22 businesses where daily functions occur. Students learn to put needs before wants as they try to juggle all of their financial responsibilities .

What is Youth Entrepreneurs? Youth Entrepreneurs connects young people with the values and vision to achieve their dreams. We strive to change the mindsets of young people, so they believe in themselves and know what they can accomplish. Our experiential education framework instills entrepreneurial and economic principles into any subject area, and promotes more meaningful student engagement in classrooms. 

What is Market Days? Market Day provides students the hands-on opportunity to transform a business idea at every stage, from bidding for capital to purchasing and execution. Market Day is an accumulation of lessons from the classroom, and the opportunity to combine them to create a successful pop-up business.  Market Days is conducted on a two year rotational schedule.

Self-Discovery

Joseph Campbell, an American mythological researcher, wrote a famous book entitled The Hero with a Thousand Faces.  In his lifelong research Campbell discovered many common patterns running through hero myths and stories from around the world.  Years of research lead Campbell to discover several basic stages that almost every hero-quest goes through (no matter what culture the myth is a part of).  He calls this common structure “the monomyth.” It is commonly referred to as “The Hero’s Journey.” The Hero’s Journey is a great technique for analyzing all kinds of stories–whether they be myths, legends, films, novels, short stories, plays, or even comic books.  Educating students about the Hero’s Journey encourages them to think about plot structure, character motivation, and theme. It also leads them to consider what qualities they associate with heroes. Are heroes born or are they made? Are there heroes in real-life or must they be larger-than-life? Who are the heroes in our society.

Students at Ignite engage in the Hero’s Journey as a tool for self-reflection and discovery as they make meaningful connections about how they view their own life, the influences in it, and the influences that shape their understanding and https://www.ted.com/talks/matthew_winkler_what_makes_a_hero?language=enexperiences.

One terrific method for preparing students to conduct intelligent conversations is by staging Socratic Seminars. Students learn how to use effective habits of discussion, explain their ideas, and support them with evidence” Learn more here

A Socratic Seminar is a teaching strategy that provides students with the opportunity to discuss a text in order to gain a deeper understanding of the material.  It encourages children to use their own voice and opinions without being overly focused on whether or not they have the right answer (Styslinger & Pollack, 2010).  The process of the seminar serves to balance the two purposes of education: the worth of free inquiry and the cultivation of values (Treadway, 1995).  We will explore the six steps for conducting a Socratic Seminar, discuss some of the obstacles one may face in implementing the seminar, and whether or not the seminar is found to have any lasting effects.

The focus of a Socratic Seminar is inquiry.  Its name is derived from the Greek philosopher Socrates, who himself challenged students to deepen their understanding through conversation and questioning. He did not provide answers to students.  Rather, he responded to their questions with more questions.  This provided students with the impetus in order to examine their own thinking and look for inconsistencies within themselves. 

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 every day.

School Hours (1st-8th grade)
Mon – Thurs: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm 
Fri: 8:00am -11:45 am

Office Hours
Mon – Thurs: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm 
Fri: 8:00am – Noon

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Lehi, UT 84043

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