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

"Take Flight" Middle School Program
5th-8th Grade

Student Schedules

Student schedules are detailed based on who their Hero's Journey teacher/Advisor is.
Once this teacher is identified, click his/her name below and your child's daily schedule will appear.

Meet the Team

Amy Herron

Lead Teacher, Team Lead
(Science, Hero's Journey)

Amy Herron

“You can do it! How can I help?” This is Ms. Amy’s teaching motto. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate school training, she was blessed with some great mentors that taught her the importance of believing in a student’s capabilities, while also providing the tools and assistance they need to be successful. With that stated, she does have high expectations for her students, both academically and behaviorally. No matter what struggles a student may have, growth is always possible! The keys are to be present, have a willing mind, and a teachable spirit.
aherron@igniteutah.org

Eric Willmore

Lead Teacher
(Math/Hero's Journey)

Eric Willmore

Eric was born and raised in Utah, graduating from Pleasant Grove High School in 2013. He studied Math and Engineering in college and spent 2 years tutoring Math to students of all ages. Eric loves watching students grow and develop and finds the most satisfaction in working closely with students and helping them overcome their hardest subjects. In his free time Eric loves playing piano and guitar, reading fantasy and math books, and playing board games and video games.
ewillmore@igniteutah.org

Gabriel Gardiner

Teacher Assistant
(Science/Hero's Journey)

Gabriel Gardiner

Gabriel Gardiner is an enthusiastic addition to the Ignite team. He will be assisting Ms. Amy Herron in teaching upper elementary and middle school science. He will also be coaching students in the team sports elective. Gabriel has experience subbing, coaching and tutoring students in diverse areas. He has a deep love for science and math. Seeing his students succeed inspires him and brings him great fulfillment. He looks forward to meeting his students this year and preparing them for the future!ggardiner@igniteutah.org

Echo Heperi

Lead Teacher
(Language Arts, Hero's Journey)

Echo Heperi

Since she was in 1st grade, Ms. Echo 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. Ms. Echo earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and has been a teacher with Ignite since our inaugural year. She is an integral part of the Ignite team and is excited for a wonderful year. Ms. Echo grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii and loves spending time with her husband and family, hiking, and reading at every chance she gets.
eheperi@igniteutah.org

Rachel Ranieri

Lead Teacher
(CTE, Biz Kids, & Digital Applications)

Rachel Ranieri

Ms. Rachel has been working with middle and high school students for the past 15 years in different capacities. Whether it be in special education, behavior management programs or general education, it is always the best adventure. She has spent the last 4 years working primarily in the general education classroom teaching CTE classes, helping students discover new skills and careers that they have never considered. Rachel has a bachelors in psychology from Brigham Young University. She is excited to continue the journey of helping students expand their education and encourage them to embrace their boundless potential. Hailing from California, Ms. Rachel enjoys all things watersports related but barely tolerates snow. In her spare time, she plays the piano, reads and immensely enjoys sleeping.rranieri@igniteutah.org

Megan Thurman

Teacher Assistant
(English, SS, Hero's Journey)

Megan Thurman

Megan is thrilled to begin at Ignite this year! With a passion for helping others find and harness their strengths in learning, she is looking forward to working in a wonderful community of teachers, parents, and students. She enjoys being outside in her free time. Running, hiking, rock climbing, and playing pickleball are some of her favorite activities.mthurman@igniteutah.org

Elizabeth Irving

Lead Teacher
(Math, Hero's Journey)

Elizabeth Irving

Elizabeth has worked as a teacher assistant at Ignite for the past three years and is looking forward to her fourth year as a lead teacher. She has experience working with both upper elementary students and middle school and is excited to be part of a program that will prepare students to be successful now and in the future! She is near completion of her Middle School Math teaching license and enjoys the challenge of teaching children many ways to learn and apply math and problem solving. eirving@igniteutah.org

Shaun Yellowhorse

Lead Teacher
(English, SS, Hero's Journey)

Shaun Yellowhorse

Shaun holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southern Utah University and boasts a remarkable ten years of teaching experience. During his time at SUU, he crossed paths with his incredible wife, Tina Yellowhorse. Their family has expanded to include three children, adding even more joy to their lives. Prior to becoming a valued member of the Ignite Academy team, Shaun embarked on an enriching journey as an educator. He spent two years teaching at an international school in Mandalay, Myanmar, where he not only honed his teaching skills but also developed a deep appreciation for the local culture and people. The family's adventures included unforgettable motorbike rides throughout the country. Armed with a commitment to continuous improvement, Shaun successfully completed a NAMC course, enhancing his Montessori teaching skills. Shaun remains dedicated to his family, engaging in spirited Nerf battles, imaginative Lego creations, and memorable camping trips. Shaun's passions extend beyond the classroom. He finds joy in both playing soccer and pickleball, embracing an active and healthy lifestyle. As he steps into the upcoming academic year, it marks his impressive ninth year of teaching upper elementary students. With his rich experience, dedication to education, and zest for life, Shaun continues to inspire and nurture the young minds he encounters. syellowhorse@igniteutah.org

Jennifer Moulton

Teacher Assistant
(English, SS, Hero's Journey)

Jennifer Moulton

Jennifer Moulton is excited to begin another new year at Ignite! She has been with Ignite since its inaugural year and has worked in special education, lower elementary, and now middle school! She is passionate about advocating for children and enjoys getting to be a part of their learning experience and success! She enjoys spending personal time with family and enjoys supporting her children in their many talents and interests!jmoulton@igniteutah.org

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.

ELECTIVE OFFERINGS

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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