Apex Award Recipients

The Apex Award is the highest honor given by the Canyons School District Board of Education and Administration.  Canyons District succeeds only through the combined knowledge and skill of first-rate principals, exemplary educators, busy bus drivers, top-rate lunch and custodial staff, technology experts and financial wizards — not to mention scores of classroom volunteers.  The Apex Awards recognizes champions of public education for their extraordinary efforts.

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Award Categories



District Administrator of the Year

The Canyons District Administrator of the Year is an honor given to an administrator in a District Office-based department. This award honors a truly outstanding administrator who, through diligence and great effort, has cultivated and maintained relationships of trust with colleagues and patrons. Regardless of the scope of duty or size of department, the influence of the District Administrator of the Year can be seen and felt throughout CSD. The successful nominee is professional, trustworthy, ethical, and supports the philosophies, mission and vision of Canyons District. The Superintendent, after advising with colleagues, chooses the winner of this award.

Past Recipients
2018 — Dr. Amber Roderick-Landward, ISD Director
2017 — Sebasthian Varas, Nutrition Services Director
2016 — Mike Sirois, School Performance Director
2015 — Jeff Murry, IT Director of Technology Development
2014 — Robin Collett, Special Education Director
2013 — Canyons District’s Human Resources Team
2012 — Karen Sterling, Student Advocacy and Access Director
2011 — Rick Conger, Facilities Director
2010 — Scott McCombs, IT Director


School Administrator of the Year

The Canyons School Administrator of the Year is an honor reserved for an administrator at one of Canyons District's schools or special programs. The winning candidate, who will be chosen by the Superintendent, has demonstrated top-tier leadership skills in his or her school community, built a reputation as an advocate for children, and maintains high professional and ethical standards. The School Administrator of the Year is an innovative, trusted leader who supports the philosophies, mission and vision of Canyons District.

Past Recipients
2018 — Cathy Schino, Edgemont Elementary Principal, and Margaret Swanicke, Sunrise Elementary Principal 
2017 — Karen Medlin, Alta View Elementary Principal
2016 — Mary Bailey, Corner Canyon High Principal
2015 — Sue Malone, Hillcrest High Principal
2014 — Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, Sandy Elementary Principal 
2013 — Greg Leavitt, Draper Park Middle
2012 — Joanne Ackerman, Albion Middle Principal 
2011 — Corrie Barrett, Alta High Assistant Principal 
2010 — Laura Finlinson, Peruvian Park Elementary Principal


Business/Community Partner of the Year

The Canyons District Business Partner of the Year Award is given to a person, company or organization that supports through real and in-kind donations the efforts of Canyons District. The winner of this award, chosen by the Board of Education, has spent money, time or resources in Canyons. As a partner in the education of children, the successful nominee demonstrates a dedication to work with Canyons District as it seeks to build and maintain a national reputation as a district of distinction.


Volunteer of the Year

The Canyons District Volunteer of the Year is an honor for a member of the community who supports through unpaid efforts the student-achievement and community-engagement goals of Canyons District schools. The successful nominee will have demonstrated longevity in service to schools in Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale, Sandy and the town of Alta. The Board of Education selects the winner of this award.


Elected Official of the Year

The Canyons District Elected Official of the Year is an individual elected to local, county or state government who has shown through words and deeds a sustained and measurable commitment to the communities within the boundaries of Canyons School District. Award winners have unparalleled leadership and communication skills and exceed expectations as they advocate and represent the communities in which they serve. Members of the elected Canyons Board of Education select the winner of this award.


Student Support Services Professional of the Year

The Student Support Services Professional of the Year award is given to a stellar employee who has shown innovation and dedication throughout the year. This award is for a licensed professional who advances the District’s academic platform and enhances the educational environment for students and teachers. Employees eligible for this award include school psychologists, Educational Technology Specialists, Achievement Coaches, instructional specialists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. Any CSD employee who works in these capacities can be nominated. The Superintendent selects this award after consulting with Assistant Superintendents and department directors.


Education Support Professional of the Year

The Canyons Education Support Professional of the Year is awarded to a member of the District's support staff who has worked for CSD for at least one year. The successful nominee supports the mission of the District by performing his or her duties in a prompt and professional manner. The ESP of the Year shows initiative, is active in their community, a team player and maintains a positive attitude in even the most trying circumstances. The Superintendent chooses the winner of this award.


Legacy Award

The Canyons Legacy Award is reserved for those whose personal and professional actions serve to inspire the Canyons community. The individual chosen for this award is known for a pioneering spirit, dedication to excellence and commitment to civil public engagement. The Legacy Award, the most prestigious of all awards selected and presented by the Board of Education and Administration, is a symbol of honorable leadership, the highest of ethical and professional standards, and notable devotion to providing a world-class education to all children.



2018 Apex Award Recipients

District Administrator of the Year
Amber Roderick Lanward
Dr. Amber Roderick-Lanward
Principal at Peruvian Park Elementary
School Administrator of the Year
Cathy Schino
Cathy Schino
Principal at Edgemont Elementary
Margaret Swanicke
Margaret Swanicke
Principal at Sunrise Elementary
Business/Community Partner of the Year
McNeils Auto Care
McNiel's Auto Care
Volunteer of the Year
Jay Neeley
Jay Neely
Ridgecrest Elementary
Elected Official of the Year
Rep Bruce Cutler
Rep. Bruce Cutler
Student Support Services Professional of the Year
Jordan
Jordan High's Counseling Team
Education Support Professional of they Year
Eric Taylor and Sharon Simmons
Eric Taylor and Sharon Simmons
Information Technology Specialists
Legacy Award
Leon Wilcox
Leon Wilcox
Canyons District Busines Administrator