Our School Staff and Board

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DIVERSE, COMMUNITY-FOCUSED LEADERSHIP

The Ignite Centre for eLearning board and school leadership team bring diverse perspectives and experiences to our collective work. In addition to tremendous breadth and depth of individual professional experiences, we all contribute significantly to our local communities through volunteer activities as well. From the inception of Ignite, there is one belief that we all shared; that all children and students can learn. We are committed to this belief as we continuously build a highly relational, supportive, innovative teaching and learning community that will ensure success for all of our students.

School Staff

DR. DAYLENE LAUMAN

HEAD OF SCHOOL

In addition to 25 years as an educator and school leader, Daylene served in the role of Online Learning Advisor with Alberta Education, working with school and system leaders across the province. She was the lead author for the ministry’s Online Learning Guide for Students and Families and Online Learning Guide for School and School Authority Leaders. Daylene has a demonstrated history of successful, student-centred, results-oriented school leadership.

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ALISON HANCOX

PRINCIPAL

Alison Hancox is the founding principal at Ignite Centre for eLearning. Alison has demonstrated online teaching, home education and leadership experience with Edmonton Public Schools and Palliser Regional Schools

Alison completed a Masters of Education Technology at the University of Queensland focused on researching best leadership practices for building leadership capacity in schools. Alison is also recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Alberta Teaching Excellence award.

NEELA BELL

TEACHER

Neela has been an online teacher and consultant for many years, and has a passion for exploring ways to build engaging, personalized online courses that support a diversity of learners. She has taught in a variety schools divisions around Alberta, including Wild Rose, Sturgeon and Edmonton Public Schools. 

STEPHANIE KRAMMER

TEACHER

Stephanie is an energetic, highly skilled online teacher who was recently a recipient of the 2020 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Stephanie is thrilled to join Ignite Centre for eLearning where she will continue to apply her passion in ensuring that students feel a sense of belonging to our learning community.

CHRIS KLASSEN

TEACHER

Chris is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable teacher, with a breadth of experience garnered from 20 years of teaching math and science courses. He is especially passionate about the high school sciences, and looks forward to adapting some of his favourite hands-on activities & experiments to an online format, so that his students have the opportunity to experience science, rather than just read about it.

NICOLE NEUTZLING

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN LEAD

Nicole is an experienced educator who has worked both in Alberta and internationally in Japan, Uruguay, and Bahrain. She completed her Master of Education at the University of Calgary focusing on educational technology and educational neuroscience. Nicole’s past research has focused on open education, design thinking, and S.T.E.A.M.

NATE SPASIUK

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

Nate Spasiuk loves to create value where there was none before. He has worked with tech startups, festivals, and video game studios in project management and execution. A graduate from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in music and from the University of Calgary with a Master of Management, Nate is passionate about creating community and enabling others.

The Board

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DR. KATHY TOOGOOD

BOARD CHAIR

Kathy Toogood has been an educator, principal and senior manager for Alberta Education, working with independent schools to support them to pursue continuous improvement. Currently, she is a learning and leadership consultant at her company, Kanopy Consulting

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KRISTINA HILL

TREASURER

Kristina Hill has a Business Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and is a small business bookkeeper. She is also the Treasurer of the Edmonton Women’s Squash Society.

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VAL GUILTNER

DIRECTOR

Val Guiltner, MEd, BScOT(c), has 25+ years of progressive management experience in the areas of rehabilitation, academia and research. Currently, she is the Director of Clinical Services at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton.

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SUE McCOY

DIRECTOR

Sue McCoy holds an M.A. in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa, a diploma in Fundraising Management from MacEwan University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She is currently the Director of Major Gifts with the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

SANDRA SKARE

Sandra Skare has been an educator in both First Nations and provincial school systems, as well as a Senior Education Manager with Alberta Education in First Nations, Metis and Inuit education, receiving a Premier’s Award of Excellence for her work there. In addition, she has served on the Aboriginal Profession Women’s Association.

Jayne Montgomery-Barnes

DIRECTOR

Jayne Montgomery-Barnes, M.A., MEd, is a multi-award winning music educator with over 35 years’ experience teaching with Edmonton Public Schools before retiring in 2020. She is a well-respected musician herself, currently playing flute with the Edmonton Winds.

Ashley McKillop

Ashley McKillop, PhD

DIRECTOR

Ashley McKillop has a PhD in Rehabilitation Science. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta leading an implementation evaluation of a child-centered goal-setting approach in pediatric rehabilitation. Ashley also works at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton supporting their research and program evaluation initiatives.

Acknowledgements/Contributions

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

Aristotle