Amber Shill Canyons School Board

Amber Shill Canyons School Board

Amber Shill is a member of the Board of Education for Canyons School District #2. Learn more at Ms.


Amber Shill was first elected to the Canyons Board of Education in November 2014 and won re-election in November 2018. She represents District 2, which covers most of Cottonwood Heights. The Utah native has deep roots in civic engagement. For 20 years, she has been involved in schools, serving on multiple district committees and in leadership capacities on the

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Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 17/05/2024

Congratulations and a big thank you to all the Canyons retirees! Together they have served students in the community for over 800 years! All of them— whether they worked in the classroom, in the cafeteria, on a bus, or behind a desk — have contributed to Canyons’ success. Just think of how many lives have been touched in all of those years. I love that the Canyons Board and administration say thank you by hosting this banquet to celebrate retirees every year!

The first photo is my neighbor and friend Cindi Pugmire. She taught for 31 years including at Brighton and Alta. She loved her students and has gone above and beyond to teach them and build relationships with them. She will be missed but I wish her the best in retirement!

The third photo is Terrie Butler.
For the last decade, students at Butler Middle School have been able to add another grandma to their educational family. Terrie Butler has been known as Grandma Butler of Butler Middle. “Grandmas give hugs, grandmas give crackers, grandmas listen. That’s what I wanted to provide for them — that comfort. Thank you Terrie!

The fifth photo is Cindi Hanson. A teacher through and through, Hanson spent 29 years in the classroom. Not quite ready to retire, she joined Canyons in 2013 where she served in high school and middle school administrative posts before stepping into the role of Director of Middle Schools. Colleagues know her as a hard worker and consummate professional who provided crucial guidance during the pandemic and helped lead the way to Canyons receiving districtwide accreditation. Cindi’s contributions cannot be measured. Thank you!

The seventh photo is of Doug Graham. While his sights were set on teaching in high school, Graham’s first job came as a middle school teacher in 1994. Looking back, he says, he wouldn’t have it any other way. For nine years, he channeled his competitive nature into being the “best middle school teacher” he could be for all students, including his own sons. He later served as assistant principal (including Butler Middle) and principal for several schools before wrapping up his 30-year career as an administrator at the District Office. Like the best linebacker, his constant objective was to remove barriers so students could make their play in life.

Photos from Canyons School District's post 16/05/2024

Thank you School Resource Officers for all you do for Canyons District students and families.


Best wishes in retirement! Hillcrest Principal, Greg Leavitt, didn’t become one of Utah’s most beloved and respected school leaders by happenstance. He was called to lead, colleagues say, because he’s an intuitive leader who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way with equal parts bullheadedness and compassion. It’s with that “Leavitt or Leave it” style he served several middle school administrative posts, including helming Draper City’s first middle school, Draper Park Middle, which staff and administrators referred to as the happiest place on Earth next to Disneyland under his leadership. It’s why Hillcrest High’s graduation rate, under his watch, rose 13 percent — an increase propelled by the gains of students who traditionally struggle the most. I want to thank him for his dedication and service to students! I will especially miss him singing at graduation as he does every year! .huskies


I want to give a big shout-out to our incredible Education Support Professionals! The dedication of Canyons District ESP is so inspiring. Not only do they help our schools and departments operate smoothly, our Education Support Professionals work hard to give our schools curb appeal. From mowing lawns to driving buses to serving nutritious meals, Canyons District’s ESP keep our schools thriving. I was honored to speak with the leaders of the Canyons ESP Association on Tuesday night. They are fantastic people who are dedicated to their school communities and the ideals of public education. For proof that the best of the best work in Canyons, we look at the winners of the top awards given by the Utah for Utah Public School Employees Association. We’re so proud of Draper Park Middle Assistant Facilities Manager Andy Markus, who is the Utah ESP of the Year. What a well-deserved honor!  The Facilities Department’s Brandon Wolf also was named the Outstanding Employee of the Year in Skilled Trades/Maintenance Services.  Congratulations, Brandon!  Canyons Education Support Professionals truly are the operational backbone of our District. Their work makes a difference. Please join me in applauding the work of our classified employees who contribute so much to creating and maintaining positive learning environments for our students.  Thank you for all you do!

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 05/05/2024

May the Fourth be with you! Great tune today at the fun run to benefit Unified Sports! Such a great cause and it was a big success! Thanks to all who participated!

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 03/05/2024

🇺🇸 Brighton High’s American Problems Mock Election is heating up! Two class periods battled it out, crafting their platforms and debating fiercely. Thanks to Mr. Hadfield’s innovative approach, students are fully immersed. It’s not just about textbooks—it’s about real-world engagement and leadership development.

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 27/04/2024

Congratulations to all the Canyons District Teachers of the Year! Teachers are the foundation of any community’s efforts to ensure that children grow and learn. I appreciate all our teachers and their hard work and dedication. I especially want to recognize Brighton High School’s teacher of the Year, Austin Gillespie. He teaches Chemistry and he is one of Kimball’s favorite teachers. “He makes chemistry make sense.” That is what one Brighton High student said about Austin Gillespie, who teaches advanced topics in a way that nearly everyone can understand. Parents watch with delight as their children become inspired to excel in Gillespie’s class. They enjoy seeing their students progress and remark on the positive impact he has on the Bengals. Gillespie keeps his students laughing while they do their lab work, but it’s serious business when they start preparing for the AP tests. Gillespie’s students reward his hard work by notching impressive AP pass rates. Those who have seen him in action say it’s almost as if Gillespie inherently understands the nuances of teaching. He truly leaves a lasting impression on his students, many of whom say they will always be grateful for the lessons they’ve learned in his class.


Congratulations to Brighton High School! It ranked in the top 10 in the state for traditional high schools!

If success is hard, sustained success is even harder. Newly published rankings by U.S. News and World Report show Canyons District’s high schools continue to come out on top. Each of CSD’s five traditional high schools rank in the top 16 when compared to high schools in the Salt Lake Valley, according to the 2024-2025 rankings. Four are in Utah’s top 25 with most showing sizable gains from last year’s rankings, led by Jordan High, which rose 14 steps to land the Beetdiggers squarely in Utah’s top 45. “These rankings are a reflection of the deep bench of talent we have in CSD and a continued commitment to student success by our faculty, staff, students, and parents,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. “It takes daily effort and a focus on high-quality learning by all our schools, from kindergarten on up.” Read more:


⭐️Canyons Education Foundation⭐️ Fun Run on May 4th! Proceeds will support Special Olympics and Unified Sports. This is such a great cause even if you can’t make! There is a 5k and a one mile option. $25 per person Hope to see you there! ⭐️🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️⭐️

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 20/03/2024

Congratulations to Kris Millerberg! She is a retired educator with 33 years of classroom experience and will succeed her late husband on the Canyons Board of Education. Kris was appointed Tuesday, March 19 by unanimous vote of the Canyons Board of Education to represent District 1 and serve for the remainder of the term left vacant by the sudden passing of her husband, Mont L. Millerberg. That term ends Dec. 31, 2024. She was among nine candidates interviewed Tuesday in a public meeting, following a process established in alignment with state law. “My journey as the first woman in my family to attain a college education fuels my belief in the transformative potential of quality schooling,” Millerberg wrote in her application, pledging to use her tenure on the Board to build on the District’s legacy. “I believe that education matters. I’ve spent my entire life in education. … I believe I can use that experience to be a strong advocate not only for the community where I reside, but also to build relationships that promote a safe and positive environment in which students and teachers thrive.”

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 27/02/2024

Canyons District is mourning the sudden passing of a dedicated public servant, committed community leader, and fierce advocate of Midvale-area schools. 

In the midst of grief at the loss of our friend and colleague, we also honor the legacy Mont Millerberg has left as a founding father of Canyons District. Generations of children, especially in the Midvale area, will benefit from his vision of education in our community. Mont was plain-spoken yet outspoken, firm yet kind, and serious about the responsibility of his elected offices, but wise enough to know when laughter was needed to ease a tense moment. His presence will be missed by all those who knew him, and I will always cherish the memories we made together on the Board of Education.

The Midvale native made history when he was elected in 2008 to the first-ever Canyons Board of Education, which had the responsibility of overseeing the fledgling years of the first new school district to be created in Utah in nearly a century. 
The work of Millerberg and other members of the inaugural Board of Education set the course for Canyons, which quickly became a state leader in advancing student achievement, encouraging innovation, promoting community engagement, and providing top-notch customer service to the public. The inaugural Board’s major tasks included hiring CSD’s first Superintendent and Business Administrator and approving the appointments of the “start-up team” of administrators who had less than a year to lay the foundation for CSD’s primary days.


So excited that the board voted last night to give teachers 60 minutes of planning time every day Monday through Thursday! This will help our amazing teachers create even more engaging lessons for students!

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 15/02/2024

Attended the first ever State of the City address! It was so informative in letting citizens know what our city council has been working on. Thank you Mayor Weichers!

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 08/02/2024

Spent the day at the Capitol talking to legislators about bills and how they will affect Canyons School District. It was Utah School Boards Association Day on the Hill. I appreciate all the work of our legislators during the session and throughout the year.

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 06/02/2024

It was so fun cheering on the Canyons District Unified basketball teams at the South Valley Basketball Tournament. I love that these students have the opportunity to participate on sports teams! Brighton had three teams and one of them took first place in their division! Go Bengals! 🧡💙🏀⛹️‍♂️⛹️‍♀️⛹️

Photos from Canyons School District's post 06/02/2024

Congratulations to the Brighton High Symphonic Band. This is such an honor to be asked to perform at the UMEA Conference!


Hope to see you at our Town Hall Wednesday night. If you cannot make it feel free to email any questions you may have to [email protected].

Photos from Canyons Career & Technical Education's post 01/02/2024

Great experience for students!


Here is the latest board meeting summary. We had some great discussions and made some facility decisions.

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 06/01/2024

It has been a great couple of days at the Utah School Boards Association Annual Conference. I love learning from other school districts from around the state. I attended classes on AI, Legislative Hot Topics, Student Led Peer Court, and Current Legal Topics in Utah. One of the best parts of being a school board member is getting to know other school board members. They are some of the most genuine, caring and service oriented people I know.


Congratulations Sherise Longhurst!

This news is music to our ears! Ridgecrest Elementary's music teacher Sherise Longhurst has been selected as the Outstanding Elementary Educator of the Year by the Utah Music Educators Association. If you've ever heard the school's amazing choir, you'll understand why she's so deserving of this award. But Ms. Longhurst finds many creative ways to bring the arts to life every day for all Ridgecrest students. She will receive her award in February at the association's annual conference. Congratulations!

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 18/12/2023

Best Christmas present yet! Oh, how I love my job! Friday I felt like a rockstar visiting Mrs.Muller’s Kindergarten classroom at Oakdale Elementary School! She has been teaching the students about the school community and different jobs in the district. They were so excited to see me, had written me letters and made me a gift. I read them a story and had a 30 second dance party with them! Keep swiping to see some of the cute letters written to me!😍❤️🕺💃📖

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 09/12/2023

Wonderful meeting with Newly Elected Officials at Canyons District this morning! We appreciate the cities within our district and their support. We share constituents and it is important to work collaboratively to benefit our communities.

Congratulations to Matt Holton and Suzanne Hyland, Cottonwood Heights City Council members! I am looking forward to working with them.


Some great discussions last night at the board meeting. Here is a summary to catch you up on what is happening in Canyons School District.


This is exciting news!

Canyons District may be known for its state of the art schools. But it’s what goes on inside that sets us apart. Twenty-seven CSD elementary and middle schools topped the charts in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, earning “Best Schools” badges for display on their websites. Eight of CSD’s elementary schools are in Utah’s top 25, according to the 2024 rankings, and three middle schools rank among Utah’s top five. An earlier release of high school rankings by the magazine, showed CSD’s high schools claiming five of the top dozen spots in the Salt Lake valley. Among CSD’s elementary schools, Sunrise was named the No. 1 elementary school in Utah, followed by Peruvian Park, which ranked 2nd in the state. Willow Canyon, Brookwood, Oakdale and Butler are top 20 schools. Three of Canyons’ eight middle schools placed among Utah’s top five, led by Albion at No. 2, Draper Park at No. 4, and Butler at No. 5. The U.S. News and World Report rankings echo a recent poll showing broad public support among Utahns for their neighborhood schools and come after, for the second consecutive year, ranked Canyons No. 1 for Best School Districts in Salt Lake County. Included in the report were public charter schools, all of which were outpaced by Canyons and all but one of which were outpaced by the five traditional school districts in Utah’s most populous county. Read more:

Photos from Amber Shill Canyons School Board's post 18/11/2023

Congratulations to the new 6A State Champions Corner Canyon High School Chargers! Great way to end the season! It was fun cheering them on from the sidelines!

Don’t know how some Timpview administrators got in that one selfie!😂


If you didn’t get a chance to watch or attend last board meeting here is a quick summary!


Do you want to learn how to best contact your legislators, track a bill and get more involved in the legislative process? Join us on Thursday night at 7:00pm at Indian Hills Middle School. We need your voice advocating for Public Education!

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