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Dr. McKay Robinson Named Canyons District’s New Assistant Superintendent

Canyons School District looked within, choosing a familiar and trusted face to serve as the new Assistant Superintendent.

Dr. McKay Robinson, currently a School Performance Director over elementary schools, was appointed to the Assistant Superintendent post by the Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. He was chosen following a national search from a field of four finalists (all internal candidates) to replace Dr. Robert Dowdle who is retiring at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

Functioning as Chief of Staff, Dr. Robinson will oversee operations for CSD’s 49 schools and programs and steer the implementation of key initiatives as spelled out in CSD’s new Strategic Plan.

“Our students and our District are in good hands,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins, remarking on Dr. Robinson’s vision, camaraderie, and leadership.

Like his predecessor, Dr. Robinson is a career educator who has been with Canyons since its earliest days. He brings an elementary-level focus to the Superintendent’s Cabinet, which includes five administrators who came up through the secondary-school ranks.

He got his start as an elementary teacher more than 24 years ago, following in the footsteps of a third-grade teacher whose mentorship saw him through some difficult times. Vowing to pay that gift forward, Dr. Robinson’s caring, student-centric and approachable, yet decisive, leadership style was a valuable asset during the COVID-19 health crisis.

A member of the team responsible for building safety protocols to keep CSD students healthy and learning, he consistently gave voice to what was best for students and reasonable to expect from schools. Most days, in fact, you’ll find him at a school, brainstorming and problem-solving with principals, teachers, and staff. For his calm leadership in trying times, he earned the 2022 Apex Award for Canyons District’s Administrator of the Year.

“We are excited to welcome you to this new capacity,” Board President Amber Shill told Dr. Robinson at Tuesday’s meeting.

Thanking the Board and Administration for the opportunity to continue to serve Canyons District’s employees and students, Dr. Robinson said he’s eager to see the Strategic Plan take root.

“I am at an absolute loss for words. The candidates who were considered are truly amazing educators. I am honored to call them colleagues and friends,” he said. “I look forward to our continued work together.”

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Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

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!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

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