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The Canyons Board of Education is comprised of seven elected community leaders who are responsible for establishing education policy for the children who attend school in Utah’s newest school district. The Board of Education works to create and implement a vision for public education that is focused on student achievement, innovative practices, community engagement, customer service and fiscal accountability. To that end, the Board strives to support a school system that is responsive to patrons and ensures every student is prepared for college and careers when they graduate from high school. 

Board Members

Amber Shill

District 2, President

Mont L. Millerberg

District 1, Vice President

Amanda Oaks

District 6, Vice President

Nancy Tingey

District 3

Andrew Edtl

District 4

Karen Pedersen

District 5

Holly Neibaur

District 7

What We Do

The Board of Education works with the Superintendent and Business Administrator to guarantee the judicious use of taxpayer funds while providing leadership that promotes increased student achievement at all grade levels. The Board approves administrative appointments, decides policies and procedures, meets regularly in open session to deliberate and decide the public’s business, conducts Town Hall constituency meetings to maintain relationships with patrons, and advocates for the continued support of public education.

Board Vision and Mission Statement

Vision Statement
Canyons School District is a public education system dedicated to delivering a high-quality education to students, valuing and rewarding the vital contributions of employees, and helping learners of all ages to be prepared for meaningful life opportunities. We value transparency and collaboration in governance. We work together with families, employees and community partners to establish and maintain safe, supportive, and academically challenging school environments which strengthen neighborhoods and communities.

Mission Statement
Every student who attends Canyons School District will graduate college- and career-ready.

Canyons School District Tenets

Student Achievement

Preparing all Canyons students to be career and college ready through evidence-based strategies for improvement.

Community Engagement

Making a difference through volunteer efforts, responsible SCC leadership, developing business relationships, and communicating Board actions.

Customer Service

Providing phenomenal service to taxpayers, stakeholders and constituents, representing Canyons in the best possible way in our public interactions.

Innovation

Utilizing technology to provide better learning opportunities and discovering new ways to promote student and employee learning.

Fiscal Accountability

Holding strong to Canyons District's commitment to always be fiscally responsible and legally compliant.

Core Value and Belief Statements 
• We aspire to continuously improve 
• We believe everyone can learn
• We build public trust and confidence through transparency
• We strive for excellence
• We are guided by evidence while encouraging innovation and creativity
• We collaborate to deliver the best outcomes
• We act with integrity and build relationships through mutual respect
• We care deeply about what we do and how we do it

Amber Shill

District 2 | President

Amber Shill was first elected to the Canyons Board of Education in November 2014 and won re-election in November 2018 and again in November 2022. She represents District 2, which covers most of Cottonwood Heights.

The Utah native has deep roots in civic engagement. For 20 years, she has been involved in schools, serving on multiple district committees and in leadership capacities on the School Community Councils and PTA’s at Bella Vista Elementary, Butler Middle and Brighton High. She has represented Canyons on statewide boards, including the Utah High School Activities Association and the Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. She has held leadership roles on the Utah School Boards Association, including serving as the organization’s President.  

Ms. Shill graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. Her civic involvement includes volunteering in Cub Scouts, leading youth groups, and serving as a Salt Lake County Precinct Delegate. 

Ms. Shill and her husband have four children who attend or have graduated from the Brighton feeder system.

Contact: amber.shill@canyonsdistrict.org

Mont L. Millerberg

District 1 | Vice President

Having served from 2008 to 2012 on the inaugural Canyons Board of Education, Mont Millerberg re-elected to the Board in November 2016, and again in 2022, to represent District 1. 

He was instrumental in the creation of the District as well as the Canyons Education Foundation, the fundraising arm of the District. Millerberg is a former chairman of the Hillcrest School Community Council (SCC) and former member of the Union Middle SCC. He currently serves as a member of the governing Board for the Utah School Boards Association. 

Before retiring to enjoy time with his family and continue his tradition of public service, he worked as a business owner and a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Kris, an educator, raised their six children in the Midvale area. 

Contact: mont.millerberg@canyonsdistrict.org.

Amanda Oaks

District 6 | Vice President

Amanda Oaks first joined the Canyons Board of Education in January 2019 and was re-elected to serve a second term in November 2022. A classically-trained musician, Mrs. Oaks attended Brigham Young University (BYU) on full academic and music scholarships and received a Bachelor of Arts in Viola Performance. Desiring to become a more effective community advocate, she went on to earn a law degree from BYU in 2004 and thereafter practiced estate planning.

A Utah native and mother of five children attending Canyons District schools, Mrs. Oaks believes collaborative partnerships between parents, educators, and administrators create stronger schools and communities. She has been a substitute teacher in Chinese Dual Language Immersion and music classrooms, a member of Draper Elementary’s School Community Council, and has served on the Utah Board of Education’s State Science Standards Review Committee. An advocate for arts education, she has been instrumental in bringing organizations like the Springville Art Museum and Timpanogos Storytelling Festival to neighborhood schools.

Mrs. Oaks and her husband, Sterling believe passionately in the importance of humanitarian service both locally and abroad. She rarely sits still, but enjoys pilates, researching classic books for her children’s reading, educational travel, and making delicious salads that even her kids will eat. 

Contact: amanda.oaks@canyonsdistrict.org.

Nancy Tingey

District 3

Nancy Tingey is a three-term member of the Canyons Board of Education, first elected in 2012 and again in 2016, representing areas of Cottonwood Heights and Sandy, and the Town of Alta. She is the first woman to serve as CSD Board President. In 2017, Mrs. Tingey served as President of the Utah School Boards Association. In 2018, she served as the association’s legislative liaison. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University, and has been an active parent volunteer in public schools for more than 30 years. In addition to classroom, PTA, and District committee experience, Mrs. Tingey has served on School Community Councils at Quail Hollow Elementary School, Albion Middle School, and Brighton High School for a combined 19 years, and as Chairwoman for eight of those years.

Contact: nancy.tingey@canyonsdistrict.org

Andrew Edtl

District 4

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and father of four school-aged children, Andrew Edtl was elected to the Canyons Board of Education in November 2022. A steadfast supporter of public education, he has volunteered in Canyons’ schools in many capacities, including serving two terms as PTA President and four terms as School Community Council Chairman. Representing District 4 encompassing parts of Sandy and Midvale, he is the first African American to serve on Canyon’s governing board.

Mr. Edtl’s roots in public service also extend to working as a job coach for refugee families and Scout master. Professionally, he works for the Utah Air National Guard where he held roles in human resources, global health management, operations, and security. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Governors University and Master’s in business administration from Westminster College. 

The father of four children, three of whom are of school-age and  attending Canyons schools, Mr. Edtl believes students succeed when parents and teachers and schools work together. He enjoys hiking, skiing, and traveling with his wife Diane.

Contact: andrew.edtl@canyonsdistrict.org

Karen Pedersen

District 5

Karen Pedersen comes to the Canyons Board of Education with 41 years of classroom experience and an enduring desire to see all students succeed. First elected to the Board in November 2022 to serve District 5 in Sandy and White City, she is the first retired CSD teacher to join Canyons’ governing body. 

An elementary school teacher with endorsements in reading, math, and English as a second language, Mrs. Pederson’s career culminated with her being named the 2021 Teacher of the Year for Willow Canyon Elementary. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Utah State University and a Master’s degree in education from Westminster College. Believing that strong communities make for strong schools, she has always found time for service, having served various roles on the Canyons Education Association, including four years as Vice President. She also served on Canyons’ teacher evaluation committee and as the teacher representative on Willow Canyon’s School Community Council. 

Mrs. Pedersen loves traveling with her husband, Craig and camping with their four adult children — all proud Jordan High graduates — and 12 grandchildren. She also enjoys watercolor painting, drawing, and rock collecting.

Contact: karen.pedersen@canyonsdistrict.org

Holly Neibaur

District 7

Holly Neibaur joined the Canyons Board of Education on Jan. 5, 2021. She represents the Draper area in District 7. As a child, Ms. Neibaur set a goal to go to Brigham Young University, become a teacher and have seven kids. Following the events of her life, she believes dreams really do come true. As a former Alpine District middle school teacher, Ms. Neibaur graduated cum laude from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in English teaching and theater for secondary education. She has a long history of volunteering in schools both in Tennessee and Utah. She volunteered as an after-school science and drama club teacher in Tennessee and served on a volunteer parent and teacher board from 2006 to 2010. Ms. Neibaur began serving on School Community Councils in 2011 at Sunrise Elementary. Since then she has served on School Community Councils at Oak Hollow Elementary and Draper Park Middle. While at Sunrise Elementary Ms. Neibaur developed an “Every Eagle Soar” program from LAND Trust funds to help identify students at every learning level to achieve growth goals set by their teacher. The excitement she felt seeing progress in test scores through the “Every Eagle Soar” program fueled Ms. Neibaur’s passion to provide and protect many pathways for students to find success. She is the mother to seven sons and two Golden Retrievers. Ms. Neibaur can often be seen on the sidelines of basketball games and soccer fields. She is owner and partners with her husband at Neibaur Family Orthodontics.

Contact: holly.neibaur@canyonsdistrict.org

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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