Getting Involved





Getting Involved

Parent Education Services

Parent Education Services

Family Resource Facilitators:

Utah Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Facilitators help primary caregivers of children experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse challenges.  Facilitators act a family peer support for families, including information to access community resources and local support groups.  Provided at no cost to the family.

NAMI Utah (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

  • NAMI Basics – Signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
  • NAMI Family-to-Family – A free, 12-week course for family members of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
  • NAMI Homefront – A free-class for family members of Veterans or service members who are struggling with mental health conditions.
  • NAMI Family & Friends – A 90-minutes seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them.
  • NAMI Family Support Groups –  A free, peer-led support group for family members and loved ones of individuals with a mental health condition. 
  • NAMI Utah also provides mentoring services, support groups, family resource facilitators, and more.
Offers education and therapeutic support to empower and give parents hope in supporting their child’s mental health.  Provides parenting courses, connections with therapists, and parent coaching.

Utah Parent Center:  Parent Training and Information Project
For parents of students with disabilities. Consultants can work with your child’s school to advocate for appropriate services, understand your rights and responsibilities, find resources, make connections with others in your community, and receive support. Workshops and Presentations including: 

  • “Parents as Partners in the IEP Process”
  • “Transition from School to Adult Life”
  • “Tools for Constructive Communication: Learning to communicate as an Effective Team Member”
  • “Section 504:  What Parents Need to Know”
  • “Stress… And What to Do About It”
  • “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports”
  • “Negotiation and Advocacy Skills”
  • “Gifts and Challenges: A Child with Special Needs in Your Family”

Utah Parent Center:  Family to Family Network
The Family to Family Network is a statewide parent-support network run by volunteers. It is designed to educate, strengthen, and support families of persons with disabilities, especially those who are on the waiting list or are in services with the Division of Services for People with Disabilities. Network leaders are parents of individuals with special needs and link families to local resources, services, and disability-friendly events. The Family to Family Network is a project of the Utah Parent Center. The organization can help you by providing support through local meetings, either in-person or online; information and referrals; family to family support; tips on how to advocate for your family; help to families who qualify or may be eligible for services from DSPD; and help to understand programs and services and how to work with service providers and support coordinators.

Utah Parent Center:  Utah Family Voices
Utah Family Voices was started as a way of helping to advocate for and assist families in navigating and accessing health care and family support services that are family-centered and culturally appropriate for all children and youth with special needs.

Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition
Services include education and training, 24-hour lifeline, support following a loss, firearm safety, and more

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

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

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