The Moffat County School District went after fresh, young talent when replacing the Sunset Elementary School principal. The district hired 32-year-old Zack Allen to replace Jim Rugh, who had served as the school's administrator for 15 years.
"Zack realizes he has big shoes to fill coming to Sunset Ele-mentary School," Superin-tendent Pete Bergmann said.
Allen will move to Craig in June from his Colorado Springs home, bringing his wife, Kristin, an 8-year-old daughter and three boys, ages 6, 3 and 14 months.
And he's excited to do so.
"Craig has a lot to offer," he said. "I love the summer recreation programs."
He already has registered his children in tee ball, soccer and theater camp and is considering swimming lessons.
Allen was in Craig on Monday and Tuesday to meet School Board members, attend an orientation and "hopefully" find a house.
He said he found Craig friendly and welcoming and looks forward to getting out of the big city and into a small town.
Allen earned his master's de-gr-ee in administration and supervision in March 2004 from the University of Phoenix. He's worked for the past eight years as a kindergarten teacher in Colorado Springs and as a lead teacher with the Edison Project -- a for-profit program that runs charter schools.
He was looking for a position in a rural district and a small-town area when he saw Craig's opening.
Allen was selected from am-ong 38 candidates for the po-sition.
"Zack has all the right stuff," Berg-mann said. "He's fresh young talent with all the enthusiasm."
Those who have worked with Allen call him an active listener, patient, kind and creative with instinctive people skills.
They also say he "always puts children first," Bergmann said.
Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@-craigdailypress.com.