Meet our Principal

  • Ignite Principal Stephanie Hollinger

    Dear Ignite Family Academy Students, Families, and Community Members,
    My name is Stephanie Hollinger, and I am the proud principal of Ignite Family Academy! I have been in education for 21 years and with North Thurston Public Schools since 2009. I started in NTPS at Olympic View Elementary as a teacher and then became Dean of Students. Upon receiving my principal certification, I became an Assistant Principal at Meadows Elementary and not long after was appointed as the principal of Evergreen Forest Elementary, where I served for 6 years.

    I am thrilled to enter my third year as the principal of Ignite Family Academy! This is a wonderful opportunity for NTPS to broaden the services we provide to students and families. Ignite Family Academy provides support for at-home learning, in-person classes, and so much more!

    I am not just your principal, but also a wife and mother. I've been married for 26 years; fun fact – my husband and I have been together since high school, both joined the United States Marine Corps at the same time and later attended college together! We have two amazing daughters who are both products of NTPS schools. Our oldest daughter is a 2020 graduate of River Ridge High School, and is a 2023 graduate of WSU, where she graduated with a degree in Psychology. Our youngest daughter is currently a senior at River Ridge High School, is in her third year of learning American Sign Language, loves reading and music, and enjoys horse riding. We are also proud Lacey residents for the last 20 years and love our community!

    Relationships are the heart of my work. Supporting students to achieve at school, at home, and in their lives is my passion. I look forward to continuing the amazing relationships I’ve built with our existing families and developing relationships with new Ignite families.

    Stephanie Hollinger