Getting Involved





Getting Involved


the place to be

Come work with us in Canyons District

Sandy, Utah

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You could teach anywhere; why not find your “Perfect Fit” in Canyons!  Canyons School District is located within a 20-minute drive of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.  Utah supports a thriving arts community, professional sports, outdoor recreation, fine dining and a dynamic downtown nightlife. Canyons has four world-class ski resorts right in our backyard as well as five national parks within a half-day’s drive. 

Canyons Values Teachers

"I have found Canyons to be more centered around student growth, more determined to provide resources to students and teachers, and more rewarding to its teachers than any other environment in which I have taught...they have provided teacher-coaches, employee incentive programs, and district generated courses geared around giving teachers a means to excel."
Andrew Fosse
Draper Park Middle Teacher

Kindergarten College-Ready Day

Each year during the first week of school, kindergartners sport collegiate gear and learn what they’ll need to do to achieve their dreams.  The event is part of Canyons’ efforts to instill the idea of college-readiness early in a child’s education.

Improving 6-8 Education

Canyons’ middle schools serve as preparatory academies for our high schools. PLCs and teaming promote a collaborative environment that provides students access to rigorous academic coursework and electives such as art, choir, band, CTE and foreign language.

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College- & Career-Ready Comprehensive High Schools

Canyons students are challenged to be ready for the rigors of college and careers when they graduate from high school.  Even through pandemic-related challenges, Canyons maintained a 90 percent graduation rate. 

The citizens of Canyons also value and support education by providing approximately 12,000 school volunteers each year as well as voting for more than $500 million in bonds during the past ten years to rebuild and modernize our schools.

Canyons' Board of Education is committed to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest education professionals by:

  • Raising the starting teacher salary to $54,665 for a Bachelor’s Degree and $60,065 for a Master’s degree;
  • Providing a stipend to educators relocating to the area;
  • Encouraging and compensating educators for higher education and professional learning.

Salary Placement

To determine an educator’s initial salary placement:

Identify the educator’s “Education Enhancement” Increment Level.

Add previous contracted licensed work experience from an accredided school system, up to 15 years, each year equating to an Increment Level:

  • Two half years, with at least one of the years being a minimum of 92 days, will be added together to equal one year/Increment level.
  • Educator’s experience in Canyons District received full credit.
  • Educators who have retired with the Utah Retirement System (URS) may receive up to 15 Increment Levels for experience.

Add one (1) increment level.

Education Enhancement

To determine the educator’s “Education Enhancement” Increment Level:

Identify the educator’s degree attainment from an accredited university.

Bachelor’s Degreen/a
Bachelor’s Degree + 20 semester hours+1 Increment Level
Bachelor’s Degree + 40 semester hours+1 Increment Level
Bachelor’s Degree + 60 semester hours+1 Increment Level
Master’s Degree (Total of 6 Increment Levels)+3 Increment Levels
Master’s Degree + 20 semester hours+1 Increment Level
Master’s Degree + 40 semester hours+1 Increment Level
Master’s Degree + 60 semester hours+1 Increment Level
Doctorate Degree (Total of 12 Increment Levels)+3 Increment Levels

Salary Schedule Info

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is calculated on the mid-point of the salary schedule, Increment Level 20.  The dollar difference between Increment Levels will remain $900.

A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree + 20 semester hours is required for educators to advance beyond Increment Level 20.

An Educator Salary Adjustment (ESA) of $4,200 and a Teacher and Student Success Act (TSSA) of $765 are included as part of the Base Contract and are dependent upon continued legislative funding.

The Base Contract is prorated based upon the number of days remaining in the contract.

Educators with current National Board Certification will be paid a stipend of $1,000 in addition to their Base Contract.

Click on the photos in the section below to watch videos and read more about Utah’s natural wonders and attractions.

Bryce Canyon Nat. Park
Cedar Breaks
Arches National Park
Hale Center Theatre
Natural Bridges Nat. Monument
Thanksgiving Point
Utah Symphony
Sundance Film Festival
Flaming Gorge
Wasatch Mountains
Canyonlands Nat. Park
Zion Nat. Park
Eccles Theater

You will receive insurance if you enroll online within 30 days of your contract start date. If you miss this deadline, you must wait until the next Open Enrollment to enroll in a plan unless you have a qualifying event during the year.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) are available to employees enrolling in the Traditional PPO Health plan. Employees who enroll in the Qualified High Deductible Health plan will have the option of enrolling in a Health Savings Account (HSA) which includes a limited employer match contribution. To participate in either the FSA or HSA you must enroll within 30 days of your contract start date.

Your insurance benefits go into effect the first day of the month following your contract start day.

A $32,000 life insurance and long-term disability policy is offered to all benefit eligible employees at no cost to you.

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So why teach in Canyons District?

Simple.  You get to work collaboratively with skilled colleagues, teach enthusiastic students with supportive parents, work for a progressive District that values educators, providing them with needed supports, and you get to stay and PLAY in a pretty, great state!

How to Apply

Additional Information

We look forward to meeting you!


Becky Jackman

HR Recruitment Technician

Sally Sansom

Elementary Education Administrator

Kelly Tauteoli

Secondary Education Administrator

Matt Watts

Special Education Administrator

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

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