Getting Involved





Getting Involved

A Valedictorian’s Perspective on ‘Putting Yourself Out There’

After taking full advantage of what high school has to offer with academics and activities, Katelyn Simmons has a super bright future ahead — which explains why the ambitious go-getter and AP Capstone Diploma candidate has bittersweet feelings as her time at Brighton High wraps up.

“I’m really excited for what’s to come and all the opportunities I have going forward,” she said. “But I’ve had such an incredible experience in high school that it’s going to be sad to leave behind both the people and experiences. I’m totally a school-minded person. I love going to school every day. It’s definitely going to be a big transition, but I’m excited.”

Utah State should be excited, too. The Aggies have one heck of a young woman headed their way. Simmons is thrilled to follow her father and grandparents to the Cache County campus. “I’ve been a Utah State fan my whole life,” she said. “I’ve been going to Logan pretty much since I could walk. It’s always been kind of a legacy school for me.”

Bonus: USU offered Simmons a great scholarship.

“It was like the stars aligned,” she said.

Simmons was very involved in high school. She was the choir president, sang for the Brighton Madrigals and performed in musical theater. She served as a Hope Squad leader, a Peer Tutor and a Bengal Buddy, allowing her to partner with special education kids. She loves working with people and the community.

Simmons was also a student body officer. If there was a dance, musical performance, assembly or activity at Brighton, there’s a good chance Simmons was involved.

Simmons intends on double majoring in English, with an emphasis in technical writing, and Broadcast Journalism. She enjoys being in front of audiences and wants to use her writing skills.

Like in life, the “unpredictable moments” often were the most rewarding. She enjoyed bonding with peers, whether at a rehearsal at 10 p.m. or hanging decorations for a dance at 6 a.m.

“You don’t go expecting to have such an incredible experience and then you get there and it’s just like the most fulfilling. You feel productive and you feel so united with those around you,” she said. “That’s really what’s been the most meaningful for me are those little moments.”

Simmons will forever be grateful for teachers like Jennifer Mattson, her AP Literature teacher, and Catherine Bates, Brighton’s teacher librarian. They were stellar examples and mentors who made a huge impact. She considers them to be guiding lights.

“Seriously, teachers have made the biggest difference in my life,” Simmons said. “I could not thank all of my teachers enough.”

Simmons considers herself to be a perfectionist whose work is a reflection of her.

“I want it to be something I’m proud of,” she said of things she works on. “I’ve never really had the parental pressure, because I haven’t had to. I’ve always had a self-expectation to perform highly. Performing well in school has been a really valuable reflection of just what I’m capable of and something I’m proud to work towards.”

Because she’s been so enriched through experiences and relationships made through clubs and other activities she’s engaged in, Simmons hopes others get involved and reap the rewards.

“I would just say, ‘Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and get involved from the very beginning,’” she said. “There’s always going to be someone like that has your back in it, and you’re never going to be seen as any lesser for being kind and putting yourself out there.”

Simmons is an example of resiliency. She ran for student government three different times and lost before finally being voted in as an SBO for her senior year.

Her parting advice is simple: “The biggest thing you can do is just be kind to people.”

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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.

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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!

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