Scott Jones has made a career out of cultivating a love of learning through pioneering educational approaches. He has been involved with opening and running successful and groundbreaking charter schools that speak to the heart of the child since 1999, starting in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV. As an entrepreneur at heart since the age of 14, he has been involved in many innovative business ventures outside of education. Those experiences have given him a distinct advantage in terms of building school cultures that work and nurturing strong organizational vision and mission. He is ardent about being an agent for change and influencing new education models.
His own educational experiences during his upbringing left him disenchanted with the U.S. traditional educational system. He knew there was a better way of approaching learning not only for himself, but also for the myriad of kids who respond to more creative and individualized methods, and he is passionate about executing on those methods. As a father of six fully and not so fully grown children, he is firmly invested in enriching the lives of this emerging generation of divergent learners and has a unique understanding of the needs and challenges which they face.
Growing up, he spent a majority of his spare time in his father’s workshop building, carving, wrenching, designing, inventing and problem-solving. As a result, he is a fierce advocate for STEAM, Project-Based Learning, Technology, Design and Math/Engineering initiatives. His drive and enthusiasm to know how things work and what make people tick invoke many thoughtful discussions and shape his decision making.
Scott enjoys spending time with his awesome wife and kids, adventure riding long distances on his motorcycle exploring hard to reach destinations, backpacking trips in the high Uinta’s and eating anywhere Guy Fieri recommends. His top three favorite books are The Four Agreements, Atlas Shrugged and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Salutations! My name is Becca Ingersoll, and I am absolutely ecstatic to be joining the American Academy of Innovation team this year. I will finally be working at my dream job: as the school’s Library Media Specialist.
I grew up in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah, and I have always known that I wanted to work in education. From a very early age, I have enjoyed learning and, especially, READING. As I got older, I became one of “those” students who actually enjoyed grammar lessons and taking out a red pen to correct my own and—I admit—others’ work. Fear not, however; as my knowledge of the mechanics of language has increased, my desire to correct people in conversation has decreased.
While working my way through college, I had a variety of jobs including being a retail sales associate at several locations, a substitute teacher, a tutor, and the founder of an after-school drama program at an elementary school. I graduated Cum Laude from Utah State University in December 2010 with a B.A. in Secondary English Education and an endorsement in School Library Media Administration. Since then I have taught at several different schools. I simply love catching those “lightbulb moments” when students get excited about something they just learned or realized.
While I have had many wonderful experiences as a classroom teacher over the past five years, my true passion is in the library. Being able to select and share books and other resources I think students and staff will fall in love with is so rewarding. Libraries offer so many opportunities for lifelong learning and entertainment, and I am so looking forward to helping others discover all that AAI’s new library will have to offer.
I have been married to my college sweetheart for ten years, and we’ve enjoyed turning our first house into a home over the past few years. We also love snuggling with our two kitties. Aside from reading as much as possible, I also enjoy playing games, traveling, discovering new favorite restaurants, crafting, attending theatre productions, watching movies, binge-watching TV series, and napping.
Cayenne DaBell is a big believer in lifelong education. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Utah. Currently she works at Early Light Academy as a paraprofessional in the sixth grade. Her past employment includes substitute teacher, girls’ camp counselor, veterinarian assistant, and plant genetics lab technician. She has served as president of a local spinning guild and is a professional fiber artist in her free time. Cayenne lives in South Jordan with her husband, Mark, and their three children.