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CSD Teachers Surprised With 2013 Innovation Grants

The holidays are coming early for a handful of Canyons District teachers.

The Canyons Education Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the District, has surprised 14 teachers with the joyful news that they had received 2013 Innovation Grants.

In all, the Foundation this year is awarding nearly $90,000 to pay for creative classroom projects.

The recipients and their projects:

  • Michelle Vance, Jordan Valley, $2,819, “Assessible Communication for Families”
  • Joey Newman, Corner Canyon High, $3,041, “Real World Engineering Design”
  • Pamela Tafili, Midvale Middle, $3,542, “Biomechanics and Beyond”
  • Pamela Loveridge, Butler Middle, $4,182, “Flipped Classroom Technology”
  • Jeremy Perkins, Eastmont Middle, $5,444, “Green Screen Video Production Studio”
  • JoLynn Bierman, Crescent Elementary, $5,868, “iPads for Communication and Language Development”
  • Clief Castleton, Hillcrest High, $6,125, “Robotics and Engineering Excellence (3D Printers)”
  • Douglas Rolley, Midvalley Elementary, $8,325, “Google Chromebooks for Creativity and Curriculum”
  • Julie Page, Ridgecrest Elementary, $8,959, “Immersing Instructional Technology into Dual-Immersion
  • Monica Rotermund, Brookwood Elementary, $9,000, “Chromebooks in our Classroom”
  • Christiana Forbush, Midvale Middle, $9,854, “Encouraging Engagement for Everyone Electronically”
  • Tawny Hawkins, Brighton High, $10,000, “Subtext for English Language Arts”
  • Kelly Owen, Park Lane Elementary, $10,000, “Park Lane Interactive Learning”

Teachers across the District clamored for the grants. Allison Spencer, Canyons’ Chief Development Officer, said more than $340,000 in requests were submitted for consideration.

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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!

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