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Draper Park Middle’s Kathy Bitner Named Utah Counselor of the Year

Kathy Bitner is a force for good at Draper Park Middle on two fronts. As head counselor, she knows how to help students, teachers and families overcome problems and find solutions to succeed, and as a member of the community, she hears and knows what issues they are facing. “She has the ear of the […]

Canyons District To Host Free Screening of Teen Anxiety Documentary

It seems like life moves so much faster and forceful than for previous generations, resulting in feelings of angst for many teenagers. While anxiety is typical for students who are growing, maturing and facing challenging peer-pressure issues, an increasing number of students develop anxiety disorders that greatly impact how they can approach day-to-day activities.  As […]

CSD Counselors Prepare for Second Season of “13 Reasons Why”

Canyons District is bracing for the possible emotional impacts of the second season of the teen drama “13 Reasons Why.”   The first season of “13 Reasons Why,” released last spring, caused some concern among CSD educators and teachers, who were caught by surprise at the uptick in students asking for counseling help after the […]

CSD Ready to Provide Support As ’13 Reasons Why’ Popularity Rises

Has your child watched the trending Netflix show “13 Reasons Why?” If so, it may be an important time to start a discussion about any challenging emotions he or she may be feeling, according to counselors and psychologists who provide supports to school-age children. Based on a 2007 young adult novel of the same name, […]

Hillcrest High’s Eric Murdock Named School Counseling Educator of the Year

Advocate, example, amazing – these are just a few of the words parents, coworkers and students use to describe the abilities of Eric Murdock, a counselor at Hillcrest High and Entrada. Murdock has made such a difference in the lives of his students that the Utah Association of Career and Technical Educators’ Guidance Division has […]

Canyons District Celebrates Good Work of School Counselors

Canyons School District is pleased to join with the American School Counselor Association and Utah School Counselor Association in celebrating National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1-5, 2016, and recognizing the vital contributions made by Canyons’ counselors on a daily basis. When it comes to preparing students for emotional and academic success, Canyons’ 50 middle and […]

CSD Counselors Key In Helping Students Succeed

It can be scary to move from elementary school to middle school. Just ask Jared Buhanan-Decker, a school counselor at Midvale Middle. Everything from being in a different building to meeting a host of new teachers can be hard for kids. It’s Buhanan-Decker’s job to make it easier. “Two of the biggest things I’ve found […]

Work Of School Psychologists Noted During Awareness Week

Rory Matson spends his days “juggling, like, seven different balls.” As the school psychologist at Midvale Elementary, he dedicates his hours to counseling students, handling unexpected student-behavior crises, communicating with families, and completing the reams of required paperwork. While he may start his day with a plan, he’s rarely able to stick to it. “There’s […]

Crescent View Counselor Honored With Human Rights Award

Bruce Shuck has always felt a close connection to Native American culture. It started when he was young, when the neighborhood kids used to play “cowboys and Indians” – and he always chose to be the indian.    He was 30 before he discovered that he really did have Native American blood – his great-grandmother was […]

CSD Assistant Superintendent Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathryn McCarrie is known in Utah education circles as a supporter of school psychologists and an advocate for the role they play in the educational process. That respect was returned on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2012, when the Utah Association of School Psychologists honored McCarrie, now the Canyons District Assistant Superintendent for School Performance, with a […]

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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