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Alta’s New Girls Hoops Coach Will Build on Tradition of Excellence

A former on-the-court powerhouse for the Beetdiggers is taking her talents to the home of the Hawks. Izzy Gustafson, who was a standout for Jordan High, is the new head coach of Alta’s girls basketball team. 

Gustafson, who has a bachelor’s of science in history education from Utah Valley University and is earning a master’s of education in coaching education from Ohio State University, says she is “more than giddy” to start rolling out her plans to advance the tradition of excellence that’s been established at Alta High. 

“I am very, very excited,” Gustafson said, noting her already-scheduled open gym times, parent meetings, and plans for summer camps and team-building exercises.  “We want to build on the strength and standards that are already there – and really take it to the next level.”

Gustafson said Alta’s team will be known for its confidence, dedication, teamwork, and high on- and off-the-court standards. Also, while it may be cliché, Gustafson believes that the best offense is a strong defense. “The first starter will be the best defensive player on the team,” she says. “The second starter will be the best rebounder on the team.” 

“If you can’t stop the attacking, you won’t be able to succeed,” said Gustafson, who also played guard for Northwest College of Wyoming. “Take care of your defense and the offense will come.”

Gustafson, also a former assistant girls basketball coach at Jordan High, is currently teaching in the Granite School District as a social studies teacher. She also coached the John F. Kennedy Jr. High girls hoops team.

Even though she’s still a Beetdigger “through-and-through,” she’s excited to start donning the black, silver and red colors that are proudly worn by Alta’s school community.  “I just tell them, ‘I am now just as much of a Hawk as you are.'”

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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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