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Canyons District Announces New Administrative Appointments

The Canyons Board of Education and Administration are pleased announce the following administrative appointments for the 2021-2022 school year: 

Wendy Dau, Principal of Jordan High, is named Director of Federal and State Programs in the Student Services Department. She replaces the retiring Karen Sterling.

Chanci Loran, currently Principal of Bell View Elementary, will become an Administrator in the Student Services Department. She replaces Colleen Smith, who will become Principal of Copperview Elementary, replacing the retiring Jeri Rigby.  

Corner Canyon High Assistant Principal Dr. Bruce Eschler succeeds Dau as Principal of Jordan High. 

Juab School District’s Ken Rowley is a new Assistant Principal at Corner Canyon, succeeding Eschler. 

Alta High Assistant Principal Kelcey Kemp will become Assistant Principal at Jordan High, replacing the retiring Jana Crist.

Union Middle Assistant Principal Shelly Karren will become Assistant Principal at Alta High, replacing Kemp.

Hillcrest teacher specialist Ari Tavo will become Assistant Principal at Hillcrest.

Draper Park Middle Assistant Principal Jodi Roberts will become an Assistant Principal at Brighton, replacing Mark Mitchell.

Mitchell becomes an Assistant Principal at Draper Park Middle, replacing Roberts.

Midvale Elementary Assistant Principal Ashley McKinney becomes an Assistant Principal at Union Middle, replacing Karren.

Karlie Aardema, who currently works in the CSD Instructional Supports Department, becomes an  Assistant Principal at Indian Hills Middle, replacing Halley Nelson.

Texas educator Divya Nagpal comes to Canyons District as an Assistant Principal at Midvale Middle, replacing Bryan Rudes, who is the new Principal of East Sandy Elementary. 

The Responsive Services Department’s Genny Poll becomes Assistant Principal at Butler Middle, replacing Dan Ashbridge, who will become an Assistant Principal at Midvalley Elementary.

Nelson becomes an Assistant Principal at Butler Middle, replacing Sara Allen who is transferred to Ridgecrest Elementary as an Assistant Principal in a one-year position. 

Margaret Swanicke, currently Principal of Sunrise Elementary, becomes Principal of Midvalley  Elementary, replacing Tamra Baker, who is the new Principal of Bell View Elementary.

Dr. Angela Wilkinson becomes Principal of Sunrise Elementary, replacing Swanicke.

Midvale Middle Assistant Principal Bryan Rudes becomes Principal at East Sandy, replacing Dr. Wilkinson.

Copperview’s Carolee Mackay becomes the Assistant Principal at Midvale Elementary, replacing McKinney.

Elenoa Pua, now a charter school principal, comes to CSD as Assistant Principal at East Midvale Elementary, replacing Danya Bodell.

Michelle Shimmin becomes the Administrator of Canyons Online.

Kalisi Uluave from Salt Lake School District was hired as Assistant Principal at Alta High, replacing Kelli Miller who is leaving for another job opportunity.

Amanda Parker from Jordan School District will become an Assistant Principal at Albion Middle, replacing Sandy LeCheminant who has taken a position as an achievement coach.

Doug Hallenbeck will serve as the principal of the Canyons Technical Education Center. Hallenbeck assumes the role after serving as the Assistant Principal in 2020-2021 while Janet Goble, Canyons’ Director of Career and Technical Education, has been serving in the dual role as CTEC Principal and the CTE Director.

Mary Simao will be promoted from Intern Administrator to Assistant Principal at Jordan High.

MTSS Specialist Jared Tucker will become Assistant Principal at Alta High, replacing Garry True, who has retired. 

Michelle Snarr, now the principal at Edgemont Elementary, will become principal at Willow Canyon Elementary, succeeding the retiring Marilyn Williams.

Elcena Saline, now an Assistant Principal at Sandy Elementary, will become Principal at Edgemont Elementary to replace Snarr.

Anne Hansen, a fifth-grade teacher at East Sandy Elementary, will become Assistant Principal at Sandy Elementary to replace Saline.

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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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