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There’s No Place Like Jordan Valley’s ‘Oz’

Jordan Valley, Canyons District’s school for severely disabled students, this week performed a show with real heart.  And brains.  And courage.

Jordan Valley students, faculty and staff have been working for about two months on a version of “The Wizard of Oz,” which has been adapted to the special needs of the students at the school. Students and faculty, who were clad in elaborate costumes, played the roles of Dorothy, the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch, Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow.  Students also made appearances as munchkins and flying monkeys.  

See media coverage of Jordan Valley’s delightful production:
KSL-Channel 5
Deseret News
Salt Lake Tribune

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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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