Interim Superintendent Dr. Ginger Rhode, who played a major role in the launch of the Canyons School District and the creation and implementation of the District’s academic plan, is retiring, effective July 1, 2014.
Dr. Rhode has served as Canyons’ Deputy Superintendent for Student Achievement and Chief Academic Officer since November 2008. She has served as Interim Superintendent since July 1, 2013, replacing Canyons’ inaugural Superintendent Dr. David S. Doty, who resigned to take a position at a private education reform firm.
“Dr. Rhode has done an exemplary job of steering the District as Interim Superintendent during a critical time in our history,” said Sherril H. Taylor, President of the Canyons Board of Education. “Her steady leadership and unwavering focus on academic performance and college-readiness for all students have been key to ensuring a smooth transition for staff, students and parents in a year of unprecedented change, including districtwide boundary changes and grade reconfiguration. We all have benefited from her wisdom, professionalism, and good humor. We will miss her, and we wish her well in retirement.”
Dr. Rhode has a Ph.D. in Special Education from Utah State University and is a widely published author of numerous books on behavior management, including “The Tough Kid Book,” which has received national recognition. A former special education teacher and principal, Dr. Rhode has worked as Davis School District’s Director of Special Education, Director of Federal and State Programs and Coordinator of English as a Second Language Programs, and has extensive experience in school reform and improvement efforts. She has served as Special Education Coordinator and State and Federal Compliance Officer for the Utah State Office of Education and is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Utah’s Educational Psychology Department.
The Board of Education is conducting a search for a new superintendent. The selection of a new District leader is expected to come by the end of the school year.