Episode 31 Why We Teach. A Conversation About Love and Learning with CSD’s Teachers of the Year

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Episode 31 Why We Teach. A Conversation About Love and Learning with CSD’s Teachers of the Year
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Teachers teach because they care, and Canyons District’s 2022 Teachers of the Year are some of the most outstanding professionals that public education has to offer. They mentor, motivate, and inspire, and operate under the mindset that children don’t care how much you know until they know how much you

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Episode 29 Picture-Perfect Career: Penny Petersen Looks Back on 49 Years at Brighton High

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Episode 29 Picture-Perfect Career: Penny Petersen Looks Back on 49 Years at Brighton High
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Penny Petersen has worked at Brighton High for almost as long as the 52-year-old school has been in existence. In her 49 years with the Bengals, she has worn many hats. But it was a non-paying side-hustle that endeared her to so many student-athletes. For three decades, she and her

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Episode 28: Todd Bird Reflects on 35-Year Career, End of an Era for Utah Prison Education Program

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Episode 28: Todd Bird Reflects on 35-Year Career, End of an Era for Utah Prison Education Program
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South Park Academy Principal Todd Bird, who’s retiring this spring after 35 years in education, doesn’t hesitate to admit he was “a terrible, terrible high school student.” Fortunately, Bird learned about perseverance and redemption after his high school struggles. As Bird notes in this podcast, those lessons, in turn, helped the career educator, counselor, and

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Episode 27 The ‘Write’ Words: Utah author encourages students to ‘tell their story’

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Episode 27 The ‘Write’ Words: Utah author encourages students to ‘tell their story’
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Tiffany Rosenhan “fell into writing books” after having completed college and finding herself at home caring for a newborn baby. Writing was something she enjoyed. It helped keep her mind sharp. “I wrote stories for fun for a year, until I realized that I had something that I couldn’t walk

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Episode 26 Ask a Librarian: Cozy Books to Curl Up With This Winter

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Episode 26 Ask a Librarian: Cozy Books to Curl Up With This Winter
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Brrr. It’s cold outside, and what better way to thaw the chill of winter than by curling up with some hot cocoa and a good book? And who better to ask for book recommendations than a librarian? Canyons District’s school libraries are full of warm winter reads for book lovers

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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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