• Scott Jones
    Scott Jones
    Director
  • Stacey Thompson
    Stacey Thompson
    Assistant Director
  • Mia Prazen
    Mia Prazen
    Operations Manager
  • David Goldklang
    David Goldklang
    Facility Manager
  • Tamye Bowdish
    Tamye Bowdish
    Receptionist
  • Roma Jones
    Roma Jones
    Media Specialist
  • Angela Steuart
    Angela Steuart
    School Counselor, Grades 9 to 12
  • Chellee Rice
    Chellee Rice
    School Counselor, Grades 6 to 8
  • Lorelee Ingles
    Lorelee Ingles
    Special Education Coordinator
  • Cayenne DaBell
    Cayenne DaBell
    Paraeducator
  • Kelli Olsen
    Kelli Olsen
    Paraeducator
  • Rachel Olsen
    Rachel Olsen
    Paraeducator
Scott Jones
Director

scott.jones@aaiutah.org

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.

Stacey Thompson
Assistant Director

stacey.thompson@aaiutah.org

Stacey Thompson is thrilled to be a part of American Academy of Innovation’s inaugural year! Stacey’s philosophy on education comes from Albert Einstein. He says, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” She values each student as an individual, with the ability to learn and grow, no matter what his or her circumstances may be.

Stacey has earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University in elementary education (K-8) and a master’s degree from University of Southern California in school leadership. She has taught a range of grades and has served as  team lead, a member of a district wide report card committee, leadership committee, and an administrative intern, in addition to other educational leadership roles. Stacey knows education is a team endeavor and is excited to see great results that come from working together with the faculty and staff here at AAI!

Mia Prazen
Operations Manager
Mia was a founder of Early Light Academy, an extremely successful charter school in South Jordan, UT, and is a key founding board member of the American Academy of Innovation. She is a member of the Utah Chapter of the United States National Committee for UN Women, an organization that seeks educational, economic and political equality for women globally. Mia has lead local efforts to raise funds for Utah’s Souper Bowl of Caring, a campaign focused on feeding children who are in need so that they can succeed in school.
Mia received a degree in advertising from Brigham Young University and has worked for Fidelity Investments, Brigham Young University and Rio Tinto. She is currently pursuing a career in finance and investing. Mia and her husband, Jared, are the parents of two children.
mia.prazen@aaiutah.org
David Goldklang
Facility Manager

david.goldklang@aaiutah.org

Tamye Bowdish
Receptionist

tamye.bowdish@aaiutah.org

Roma Jones
Media Specialist

roma.jones@aaiutah.org

Roma’s love of books started young when she figured out she could entertain adults by memorizing Dr. Seuss and other children books  She hasn’t stopped reading since. Her interest in Library Science started in 2014 at another local Charter School. Since then, Roma has yet to stop feeling excited about talking to students about the stories they love and helping them create their own narratives.

Her favorite books often shift with the weather. But you can always see The Anatomy of Peace, Thoreau’s Walden, and The House on Mango Street on her bookshelf. 

Her unorthodox educational and creative endeavors have always required to her be self- directed and stay curious. She is currently pursuing her degree in Midwifery and trying to figure the secret to world peace. When she isn’t reading or running libraries, you can find her at the Farmers Market, kickin’ it on the dance floor, or frolicking through the Wasatch mountains

Angela Steuart
School Counselor, Grades 9 to 12

angela.steuart@aaiutah.org

Chellee Rice
School Counselor, Grades 6 to 8

chellee.rice@aaiutah.org

As the daughter and granddaughter of lifelong educators, Chellee’s career may have been fostered in her earliest years. She often reminds her students that, like herself, most people’s pathways into their chosen field are not linear nor direct. Her careers have been varied including banking, politics, sales, and management.  A move to Bozeman, Montana spurred her return to schools through the backdoor of mediation and conflict resolution.  She worked for a decade as a behavioral specialist, mediator, and trainer of student mediators in the Bozeman schools. Chellee’s desire to make more of an impact propelled a return to college for her Master’s in Education specializing in school counseling at Montana State University.  She has since worked as a school counselor in both Montana and Utah at every level from PreK through 12th grade.

 

Chellee’s passions include experiential learning, travel, and service. She feels fortunate to combine these with her greatest passion—teenagers—to find great satisfaction in her work.  She has enjoyed the opportunity to experience learning outside the walls of the classroom through student travel and service-learning. Chellee and her husband, Greg, have a son, a daughter-in-law, and two daughters. They love Daybreak and enjoy its amenities with their children and pets.

Lorelee Ingles
Special Education Coordinator

lorelee.ingles@aaiutah.org

Cayenne DaBell
Paraeducator

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.

Kelli Olsen
Paraeducator

kelli.olsen@aaiutah.org

Rachel Olsen
Paraeducator

rachel.olsen@aaiutah.org