Principal quits 'at top of his game'

Students at East Elementary School will have a new principal next fall.

Principal Guy Gladden turned in his resignation last week citing a need to spend more time with his family and a desire to get back in the classroom as his reasons for his departure.

"I really enjoy being in the classroom," he said. "So I asked myself, 'why can't I do something I really enjoy?' I've always enjoyed teaching."

Gladden has been in the education field for 25 years, the last 13 in administration. He has been principal at East Elementary School for three years.

Gladden said he has been considering the move for months and decided stepping down was best.

"I'm feeling really good about this and I think it will be good for me and my family," he said.

Gladden said he debated waiting until later in the school year to make the announcement, but decided announcing it now would be better for the district.

"By giving them an advanced notice, they have plenty of time to do a full search," he said. "I let the district know early so they can start looking."

His reasons for resigning were strictly personal, Gladden said.

"I have a great staff here and enjoy my job," he said. "I just really enjoy the classroom and want to spend more time with my wife."

Interim superintendent Pete Bergmann said he didn't see the resignation coming.

"Anytime you have a resignation it's a surprise," he said. "We aren't looking forward to looking for a new principal at this stage but we also realize it's part of the business."

Bergmann said approximately six people have already turned in applications for the position.

"Hopefully the superintendent search will be resolved soon enough so the new superintendent can have input on who is hired," he said.

Bergmann said he would like to see Gladden continue on in the district as a teacher if a position were to become available.

"He's expressed an interest in staying in the school district and says he enjoys Moffat County," Bergmann said. "If a position were to come open he would like to continue on in the district."

Gladden stressed that although he doesn't consider teaching an easy job, he doesn't think it as stressful as being an administrator.

"I asked myself if I want to do this another three to five years and get burnt out," he said. "It's like an athlete who quits at the top of their game. Now was the time."

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