Our educators

Andy Lyons
Andy Lyons
Director

Mr. Lyons is an American educator with 20 years’ experience in the USA and the UAE. Andy holds a M.ED. in Educational Leadership from Trevecca University and a B.S. in Elementary Education. He has served as a teacher, head of faculty/academic coach, Vice Principal and Principal. He truly believes that every child can learn and should have a remarkable educational experience. Andy feels that reading is the foundation of a solid education so he encourages his students to read every day. He also considers that every child is a leader and should take the lead on their educational experience and future. If you believe it, you can achieve it with hard work and dedication.

Scott Poloff
Scott Poloff
Principal – Elementary School

Mr. Poloff is an American educator with over 20 years of experience. He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Point Park University and a B.S in Elementary Education. He believes that student success begins with building a positive school culture based on strong relationships with students, staff, parents and the community. He is an advocate of shared leadership and supports professional learning communities of teachers that focus on empowering teachers to lead, to grow and improve student outcomes.

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Nzinga Ebron
Curriculum Coordinator

Ms. Nzinga Ebron is an American educator with over 15 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, 9 of those years in New York. She is passionate about building the learning capacity in students and teachers, and believes that the Growth Mindset must be a significant part of any educator’s philosophy.  Nzinga holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and School Building Management from Brooklyn College, New York and a B.A. in Mathematics/Special Education from Keuka College, New York.  She has New York teacher certification.

Nichole Mattila
Nichole Mattila
Early Learning Educator

Ignite School welcomes Ms. Nichole Mattila as Kindergarten Educator. Nichole is a certified US educator with 7 years of classroom experience. She has taught students from a variety of backgrounds and grade levels from Pre-K to 5th grade. She spent time teaching abroad in Japan and most recently taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten in Washington, DC. She believes the kindergarten year sets the stage and foundation for a lifelong love of learning and school success and could not be more excited to meet her new kindergarteners in Dubai. Her goal for her students is that they love school, enjoy learning, and develop a confidence in themselves and their abilities! In her free time, Nichole loves reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors!

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Danielle Marshall
1st Grade Educator

Ignite School presents Ms. Danielle Marshall as our 1st grade educator. Danielle grew up in Salt Lake City where she loves hiking, paddleboarding, and snowshoeing. She received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Utah, and she has 4 years teaching experience. Danielle is certified to teach grades 1-8, and has taught grades K-6. She has taught in 4 different countries, including theUnited States, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Serah Klemm
Serah Klemm
MS Mathematics Educator

Ignite School welcomes Ms. Serah Klemm, to our team. Serah is an American Certified Math Teacher from the State of Wisconsin.  She received her Bachelors of Mathematics from Western Governors University.  She offers a broad range of experience – teaching pre-algebra all the way up through calculus – while utilizing the Common Core American Curriculum.  Serah views Math as a Language and leads students to see, hear, and speak the fundamentals of Math.  Through a variety of instructional techniques she enjoys leading students progressively forward – reaching a strong real world understanding of Mathematics.

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William Hutchinson III
ES Librarian/ICT

Ignite School would like to welcome William Hutchinson III to our team. Mr. Hutchinson is form Miami, Florida but has resided in the United Arab Emirates for over for years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Degree from Florida A&M University and has earned his master’s degree in Information Studies & Library Science from Florida State University. His previous experience as a librarian includes working at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and the Miami-Dade Public Library System. He enjoys emerging technologies, teaching information literacy and computer applications. He believes that students and teachers need to understand that there are valuable resources in the library and strives to promote them throughout Ignite.

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Hayley Belknap
ES English as a New language (ENL) Educator

Ignite School would like to welcome Ms. Hayley Belknap to our team.Ms. Belknap has 7 years of experience working with elementary aged children in the United States. She is originally from Texas, where she earned her elementary teaching certification. She taught ESL in the Dominican Republic but most recently has been living and teaching outside of Austin, Texas. Hayley states, “I am ecstatic to be joining Ignite School this year and look forward to having fun and learning together!” In her spare time, Hayley likes to explore new places, read books, and shop.

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Enriqueata Mayra Mariscal
3rd grade educator

Ignite School welcomes Ms. Mayra Mariscal as our 3rd grade educator. Ms. Mayra was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Mayra received her Bachelor’s degree, in Elementary Education from DePaul University and her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University. She believes in the importance of incorporating rigorous curriculum into content areas, while also focusing on the development of students’ values and positive self-image. She also believes in the education of the whole child, and believes it is necessary to foster an environment of diversity, while celebrating students’ cultures. On her free time, she loves to do yoga and travel the world. Mayra states, “I believe it is all about passion, drive, and challenging my students to be the best that I can be. Having them go out of their comfort zone and truly trusting themselves, because it is then, in those experiences that they find out some talents and abilities they never knew they had.”

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Stacey Boyer
Early Learning Educator

Ignite School would like to welcome Stacey Boyer as a founding faculty member and Kindergarten teacher for the 2018/2019 school year. Stacey hails from Indianapolis, Indiana originally, however she has called Amarillo, Texas home for the past few years. Stacey graduated from West Texas A&M University in 2015 with a degree in elementary education and is certified to teach Early Childhood through 6th grade. Stacey’s previous teaching experience includes working with English language learners. When asked about her strengths, Stacey replied that she has a great deal of expertise with successfully implementing RTI strategies for individualized student support. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys taking pictures and listening to music.

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Claire Dent
Early Learning Educator

Claire Dent joins Ignite School this September as a Pre-K teacher. Claire, a US resident, is from Atlanta Georgia and holds a BS degree from Mercer University and Georgia state certification in Early Childhood Education. Claire has worked with young children for over 6 years and feels that not only can she offer a lot to the children but that she can learn from them as well. “Being a part of the molding and shaping of the child’s mind is the most important thing I can be part of, as an educator”, says Claire.  Claire’s hobbies include dancing, reading, listening to music, movies, and going to concerts.

Jessica Scanlan
Jessica Scanlan
3rd Grade Educator

Ignite School presents Jessica Scanlan as our 3rd grade educator and founding faculty member. Jessica has called the state of Georgia home for the last several years and has taught first and third grade. She states, “I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I graduated kindergarten and has always had a passion for helping others learn”. Jessica received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree with a concentration in STEM. She is an avid believer in personalized learning, project-based learning, and STEM education. Her hobbies include scuba diving, music, reptiles, and a love for anything science. Jessica looks forward to igniting a passion for learning, in each of her students.

Alex McGlinn
Alex McGlinn
4th Grade Educator

We welcome Alex McGlinn, from New York state, to the Ignite School family. Ms. McGlinn will join us as a founding faculty member and 4th grade educator.  Alex earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s in Elementary Education in Elementary Education. She has over 10 years of US and international teaching experience she has taught in classrooms in Saipan, Hong Kong, Kwajalein, Japan, and North Carolina giving her 10 years of formal teaching experience. Alex is extremely enthusiastic about all Dubai has to offer. She hopes to instill in her students a sense of adventure, a thirst for knowledge, and a curiosity and appreciation for other cultures that lasts a lifetime!

Stephanie Durocher
Stephanie Durocher
English as a New language (ENL) Educator

Ignite School welcomes Stephanie Durocher, of Raleigh, North Carolina, as our new English as a New language (ENL) Educator and founding faculty member. Stephanie’s passion for teaching began at six years old, when her parents adopted her sister from Russia. She helped her older sister learn English and became fascinated with learning about other cultures. She has taught French and English as a Second Language in the U.S., France, and South Korea. Miss Stephanie received her Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Language Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her interests include soccer, running, and cooking. She loves learning about other cultures, traveling, and trying new foods.

Taylor Hogan
Taylor Hogan
Early Learning Educator

Ignite School presents Taylor Hogan as a founding faculty member and Kindergarten Educator. Taylor was raised on the northwest side of Chicago. Ms. Hogan received her Elementary Education degree from Northeastern Illinois University and is certified to teach grades K-9 and English as a Second Language. Taylor has worked as a classroom teacher, after-school program Site Director, Special Education Paraprofessional, and after-school ESL Teacher. Taylor says, “My passion for meeting the needs of every student has contributed to my successes and will continue to contribute to successes at Ignite School.” Taylor likes to listen to music, play with her two dogs, and enjoy the many fests/events that Chicago has to offer.

Katie Waters
Katie Waters
2nd Grade Educator

Please help us welcome Ignite School’s 2nd grade educator, Katie Waters, from Denver, Colorado. Katie studied Communication and Art History in college.  After graduation and spending a year volunteering with inner-city Chicago youth, she went back to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.  Ms. Waters has taught for over four years in Denver and in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Katie has gained a wealth of experience in working with children of all abilities, including students with Autism.  Katie states, “I have been working with children in a variety of capacities for over 18 years and I am thrilled to be a member of the Ignite School founding faculty team.”

Danielle Lewis
Danielle Lewis
Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Educator

Ignite School welcomes Danielle Lewis, as our Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Educator and founding faculty member.  Danielle acquired her bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida, and a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University all in the city of Orlando, FL. She has four and half years of experience working with students of varying abilities. She has the drive to want to challenge herself and be the best educator that she can to be a role model for students.  Danielle states “I love to have fun, love fashion and make-up, and I also love my job as an educator.

Matthew Frey
Matthew Frey
Student Counselor

Ignite School presents Matthew Frey as our Elementary School Student Counselor and founding faculty member. Matt is from New York state and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from State University of New York (SUNY). Matt is a certified International School Counselor with experience in the US and abroad. As a Student Counselor, Matt has a strong passion for helping young people with overcoming any obstacles they might encounter in or out of the classroom. He strives to bring a vibrant sense of enthusiasm to every environment. Matt says, “The school is a place where a young mind can become anything and I am dedicated to that endeavor. I want to create an energy that is contagious about learning and growth”.

Evan Johnson
Evan Johnson
1st Grade Educator

Ignite School is pleased to welcome Ms. Evan Johnson, to our founding faculty team. Ms. Johnson is from the state of Alabama and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama. Evan has a passion for educating young children how to read and will be teaching 1st grade here at Ignite students. She has taught a range of elementary grade levels, including 1st, 3rd and 6th grades and will be entering her second year of living and teaching in the United Arab Emirates. Evan’s classroom philosophy is built upon the foundation of making the classroom feel like home. She believes that when a learner is comfortable in their learning space, the possibilities of growth are endless.

Colin Donovan
Colin Donovan
5th Grade Educator

Please help us welcome our 5th Grade educator, Colin Donovan, to the Ignite School founding faculty team. Mr. Donovan has 7 years of experience working with children of all ages, in the US, South Korea and Chile. He is originally from the state of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Elementary School teaching certification. Most recently, however, he has been living and teaching in Phoenix, Arizona. Colin states, “I am very excited to be joining Ignite School this year and looking forward to meeting and learning all about my new students!”  In his spare time, Colin likes to spend time exploring new places with his family.

Jacey Eikenbary
Jacey Eikenbary
Visual Arts Educator

Ignite School is pleased to welcome Jacey Eikenbary to our founding faculty team as Visual Arts educator. Jacey was born and raised in Van Wert, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s degree, in Visual Arts Education from Ball State University, in Indiana. Jacey has worked with children in the US and abroad. She has a passion for traveling and learning about different cultures. Since completing a portion of her student teaching in New Zealand, she has visited 8 countries. Jacey states, “I am a big believer that learning takes place everywhere and we can learn a lot from other people and other cultures.” She feels that it is important to be open minded to new experiences, which is why Jacey is headed to Dubai and Ignite School.

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