Joseph Lopat, Principal

Phone: 480-984-3216


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Joseph Lopat, Principal

I am excited and honored to be the principal of Canyon Rim. Before taking over at Canyon Rim, I served as the assistant principal at both Greenfield Junior High and  Greenfield Elementary. I was a junior high teacher in GPS before becoming an administrator.

Canyon Rim’s mission statement is Care, Respect, and Empower. Our phenomenal staff is dedicated to building relationships with students, inspiring a passion of learning, and being a positive influence for all students on campus. Canyon Rim is a school with exciting traditions and a family atmosphere. PTA and parent involvement are vital contributors to the overall success of our school. At Canyon Rim, conventional and traditional programs are offered to best meet the needs of individual students. Canyon Rim has maintained a consistent “A” rating recognized by the Arizona State Board of Education. This honor is a reflection of our dedication to academics and educating the whole child.

Canyon Rim is an amazing place to be and we look forward to the success of our Cougars!

 Christine Lakso, Dean of Students



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Christine Lakso, Dean of Students

I'm so proud to be the Dean of Students at Canyon Rim Elementary! Before becoming an adminstrator at CRE, I enjoyed working as a 3rd grade teacher at Meridian Elementary.

As the Dean of Students, I work with our Cougars on behavior and discipline, teaching them how to make positive choices and be in control of their actions towards others. As a former student of Gilbert Public Schools myself, my roots are strong in the Gilbert community. This is why I believe the elementary schools in the GPS District have the capability to empower our students and their learning. I have high expectations for students, believe in them taking responsibility for their decisions, and every day I look foward to supporting and encouraging them.

Canyon Rim is a wonderful place, and I enjoy helping students thrive and be their best selves!

Canyon Rim Announcements

Bus Route #193 (Gray Bus) Notice

  • The following message only applies to parents/guardians of children who ride bus route #193 (Gray bus tag).  
    The district's transportation department has provided a regular afternoon overflow bus for route #193, which will take home all students who get off at the San Miguel Apartments at Skyline & Onza. This overflow bus will be leaving from Canyon Rim within minutes of the original bus, so students should get home on time.

    We apologize for any inconvenience, and are in constant communication with transportation in regards to resolving this issue long-term. In the meantime, feel free to call Transportation with any questions that you may have at 480-497-3311.

Upcoming Canyon Rim Events

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Elementary School Day Start & End Times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:10am–2:55pm

    Wednesday Early Release: 8:10am–1:55pm

    Half Days: 8:10am–11:55am

Last Modified on Friday at 9:36 AM