CCSD Life Skills Coordinator John Cardis honored with Golden Key Provider of the Year Award

John Cardis with student


Congratulations to John Cardis for receiving the Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Golden Key Provider of the Year Award! Cardis has worked as the CCSD Life Skills Coordinator for 15 years. Before this, Cardis worked as a teacher for ten years at Spring Creek Middle School and for two years at North Cache Middle School. 


When Cardis first started working as a Life Skills Coordinator, his emphasis was on helping secondary schools. Eventually, he took on everything from elementary school through Post High. Cardis wears many hats when it comes to his role as the coordinator. He functions as the Local Education Agency (LEA) by representing the district in IEP meetings. He runs and facilitates any training the department and students may need and he helps families and teachers with transitional needs. “During the time that he’s been a special education coordinator, he’s really impacted students,” Stacey Thomson, the Pre-ETS Instructor observed. “I’ve been in education a long time and it is very impressive to see someone who is so devoted to helping the success of their students.” 


When adult students exit the program and enter the world, Cardis is there to help the parents and students through the transition phase. He makes sure that they have all the information they need and points them toward services that might help them continue on their path to success. Cardis is well-loved by both the students and parents with whom he works. “The best thing about my job is that I get to follow students through time,” Cardis explained. “They’re very genuine, authentic, real people, and I just love working with them.”  


The Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities honors businesses and people with the Golden Key Award every year. This award recognizes the hard work of those who have helped promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This year, the ceremony was held virtually, and videos were created to highlight the award recipients. Click the link below to watch the video: