Jan. 2018 Educational Profiles

Posted on 01/02/2018

Start the New Year by Resolving to Thank a Teacher

As you ring in the New Year, take stock of the past and pause to consider your priorities for the months to come, why not resolve to thank a teacher? Starting Jan. 1, Canyons’ schools are taking nominations for Teacher of the Year. School-based Teachers of the Year will be announced in March at surprise celebrations. Each will be a contender for Canyons District Teacher of the Year, an honor that includes cash, prizes, and a nomination for the Utah Teacher of the Year award. For information on how to nominate your favorite teacher for the top award, visit canyonsdistrict.org. The nomination window closes on Feb. 2. 

Canyons District Invites Patrons to "Be Idle Free"

Because we all breathe the same air, and share in the responsibility to safeguard it from the harmful pollutants, Canyons District has declared all of its school campuses idle-free zones. 

On Earth Day 2016 Canyons became the first school district in Utah to go idle free at all of its schools. The campaign kicked off early in the morning at Ridgecrest Elementary school where students greeted drivers with placards, informational pamphlets and window clings to place in vehicles. Signs were placed at all of Canyons’ schools and “no idling” pledges were sent home with students, encouraging parents to voluntarily pledge to turn their key and be idle free. 

“Besides educating students, I feel we have some responsibility for their health, and their future health,” says Superintendent Jim Briscoe. 

Butler Middle School Teacher Recognized by BYU

When Josh Stott isn’t teaching social studies at Butler Middle, he’s working toward his master’s degree in educational leadership at Brigham Young University, which selected him for a School Leadership Award from the David O. McKay School of Education based on his academic skills and observed leadership potential. One student is selected per cohort per year. Apart from his professional aspirations to become an administrator or university faculty member, Stott is a busy father who loves reading and playing board games. He and his wife are expecting their second son in February.