Episode 36: Magicians and Problem-Solvers: CSD’s Information Technology Experts are Making ‘IT’ Work for Students, Employees

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Episode 36: Magicians and Problem-Solvers: CSD’s Information Technology Experts are Making ‘IT’ Work for Students, Employees
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Canyons District’s Information Technology Director Scot McCombs used to joke that there was about only one area where IT wasn’t a factor in education — the asphalt in school parking lots. That, he noted, might change in the not-so-distant future. He attended a presentation on the future of technology that introduced a concept in which tech is embedded in roads to create dynamic lanes and crosswalks to make transportation even safer for students. “It’s crazy to think how pervasive technology is and is a foundation that much of our lives are built on,” McCombs says. From processing grades to producing paychecks, sending out important messages to parents, and keeping bus routes updated, and so much more, IT touches just about every facet of the education process. On Sept. 20, 2022, IT Professionals Day, Canyons sends all the positive emojis to the District’s team of about 75 IT personnel who do amazing behind-the-scenes wizardry as field techs, engineers, Help Desk experts, business support developers, web managers, in-house development team members, tech specialists, and management.

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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