Our Staff

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Our Staff

Ignite Centre for eLearning is committed to ensuring that each staff member employed by the school and each student is provided with a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self. We value all members of our learning community and believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We value and respect diversity, and treat others with kindness, caring and acceptance.

Our staff bring years of successful experience in online learning and home education and look forward to sharing their expertise with our learning community.

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.

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, Alberta Teaching Excellence award and the National Outstanding Principals Award.

STEPHANIE KRAMMER

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND          HS CTS/OPTIONS 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.

NEELA BELL

JUNIOR HIGH 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. 

KOURTNEY SKIPWORTH

ADMIN ASSISTANT/

EDUCATION ASSISTANT

Kourtney comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience from within the online school environment. Helping to create and build a flexible but solid foundation within the realm of online educational services, Kourtney believes in the value and success of educational diversity and is dedicated to supporting our staff, students, and families to reach their educational goals. 

AMARAH ISHAQUE

HS MATH TEACHER

Amarah is an experienced educator with years of online, local and international teaching experience. She has taught and designed courses using different provincial curriculums and is certified for the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. She loves to help students visualize and connect with Math and Science. She completed a Masters of Education from the University of Windsor and is focused on finding various ways to make learning more engaging and fun using technology.

SANDRA  CHAULK

HS HUMANITIES TEACHER

Sandra is a passionate educator who brings a diverse background of education and experience across the multiple disciplines of physical education, music, business, ESL and the humanities. She has taught both online and in the classroom, at various levels, for many years. You can find her reading, creating healthy plant-based recipes, leading yoga classes, kayaking, or hiking when she is not teaching. Sandra maintains a holistic approach to teaching always focused on student mental health and wellness, helping students achieve their educational goals and dreams.

MARILYN MCKNIGHT

GRADES 4-6 TEACHER

Marilyn is an experienced teacher who loves the challenge of creating innovative programs and fostering a sense of community in an online environment. She was recognized in 2009 with the Prime Minister’s Excellence in Teaching award and since then, has become a certified Google Educator and certified TESL. Marilyn is very excited to be a part of building an engaging elementary program at Ignite.

CHERYL MCKINNON

GRADES 1-3 TEACHER

Cheryl has been teaching in Alberta for the past 10 years. She has been working within a First Nation Education Authority undergoing many roles from Vice Principal, to teaching, to coaching teachers around how to teach online. She is very excited to get back into the classroom environment, and to begin igniting children’s learning again!

SELINA TOYAD

HS SCIENCE TEACHER

Selina is an innovative, supportive, and inclusive educator, who has diverse experience in teaching high school sciences with online and in-person classrooms. She enjoys connecting and getting to know her students, and finding ways to connect them to their learning in a meaningful way. Selina is ecstatic to join the team at Ignite Centre for eLearning and cannot wait for all the science fun she will have with her students!