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CSD Cheers its ‘Educational Rock Stars’ at Top Teacher Announcement

The world calls them “Teachers.”  We prefer the term “Educational Rock Stars.” 

Regardless of the monikers that may be applied, Canyons is amped for the District Teacher of the Year selection process, which culminates tonight, Tuesday, May 4,  with announcement of CSD’s top teacher for 2021. 

Coinciding with Teacher Appreciation Week, the announcement will be made at a 7:30 p.m. event at the new Performing Arts Center at Alta High, 11055 S. 1000 East.

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At the event, which will be held with COVID-19 wellness protocols, the Canyons Board of Education will present crystal awards to 48 teachers representing all schools and programs across the District.  From that field, the District will choose one overall elementary school Teacher of the Year, a middle school Teacher of the Year, and one high school Teacher of the Year.  Those three will receive $500. 

From that trio, CSD’s top teacher, and the District’s nominee in the state Teacher of the Year program, will be selected. 

The Canyons Education Foundation and Jordan Credit Union will give that teacher an extra $500. 

The tradition of holding a community celebration to honor CSD’s Teachers of the Year resumed this year after a one-year hiatus because of last spring’s COVID-19 restrictions.  

Indeed, countless hours of work and acts of patience and care have been carried out by Canyons District teachers in the year since COVID-19 upended life — and learning.

Since March 13, 2020, when then-Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced the “soft closure” of Utah schools to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, CSD educators have doubled-down on their dedication to their students, be they learning safely in-person or from remote locations.

Seemingly overnight, educators adapted to new environments and adopted new strategies to inspire achievement. As school started in the fall in the midst of a pandemic, CSD teachers welcomed students to safe, welcoming classrooms.

Even with masks covering faces, their cheer at being back with students again could not be contained. And the students learning remotely may have seem isolated from their peers — but they were certainly never alone. Day after day, our teachers logged on, reached out, and lifted up. 

In a year unlike any other, when so many have gone above and beyond, it’s been a challenge for CSD school communities to select just one teacher as a nominee in Canyons District’s 2021 Teacher of the Year selection process, which for the first time includes a top teacher for online learning.

The Canyons District Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Canyons Education Foundation.

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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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