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Getting Involved

CSD Special Education Creates Plan to Provide Services Across Learning Formats

Whether children are learning in-person, online, or at home with parents when school starts anew on Aug. 24, Canyons District remains dedicated to providing Special Education supports to students. Parents who have questions or concerns about how to access Special Education services are encouraged to reach out to their child’s school or the Canyons District […]

Exceptional Teachers Recognized for Enriching the Lives of Exceptional Children

In special education, small successes lead to big successes, and they happen every single day with an exceptional group of teachers celebrating along the way. In October, Canyons District takes a moment to recognize those who give so much of themselves to ensure all children reach their potential. Over the past few weeks, CSD’s Special […]

We’re Hiring – CSD’s Special Education Teachers Qualify for $7K in Stipends

Most teachers go into education to make a difference. But nowhere is that difference as readily apparent than in special education, believes Stacey Nofsinger. “There is nothing better than seeing your student finally grasp a concept that maybe you were working on for six weeks or six months. …to finally see them say, ‘Oh my […]

You’re Invited: Special Education Parent Focus Group

If you have a child who is receiving special education services in the Canyons School District, we want to know more about your experience. As part of a routine survey performed every other year by the Utah State Board of Education, the District has scheduled a focus group to receive input from parents and guardians […]

Utah Offers $4,100 Stipend to Entice Qualified Special Education Teachers

Misty Suarez doesn’t mince words. She believes there is no better place to teach special education than Utah’s Canyons School District (CSD). “We have it all: Competitive salaries, coaching supports, professional development, and a focus on innovation coupled with the resources to help make it happen,” says Canyons District’s Special Education Director. “And there are […]

Office of Special Education offers free autism workshop

Anyone looking for information about autism and Aspergers Syndrome is welcome to attend a series of classes offered by the Office of Special Education at Canyons District. The classes, which are taught by Melisa Geneaux, a consultant and trainer who focuses on autism spectrum disorders, will cover behavior strategies for home and school, executive functioning […]

CSD, Utah Parent Center Host Workshop on Section 504

Canyons District and the Utah Parent Center are holding a free workshop about Section 504, the federal law that provides equal access and opportunities to individuals with disabilities. The 6:30-8:30 p.m. event on Tuesday, Nov. 10 will be held at the Canyons Technical Education Center, 825 E. 9085 South. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register online […]

Jordan Valley to Stage Specially Adapted Version of ‘Mulan’

Students at Jordan Valley School are raising their voices – and their swords – in a musical production of “Mulan,” the tale of a young girl who disguises herself to fight in a battle and becomes a heroine in the process. Teachers and students at Jordan Valley, Canyons District’s school for students with severe disabilities, are […]

CTA students learn life skills on AFCU-funded shopping trip

A recent shopping trip for Jordan Valley School’s Transition Academy served as a step forward in the students’ efforts to become productive participants in the community. The shopping excursion, sponsored by America First Credit Union, not only resulted in new footwear, but also assisted the students as they put into practice independent-living and financial-literacy skills. Teacher […]

Understanding Autism: Public Invited to Free Workshops

Canyons District’s Special Education Department is offering classes about autism and Aspergers Syndrome taught by Melisa Genaux, a consultant and trainer on autism spectrum disorders who works with school districts nationwide. The free public courses may be taken individually or as a series. The following classes are scheduled for 4:15—7 p.m. in the Professional Development […]

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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