For Travis Jensen, the new vice-principal at Moffat County High School, transition from the familiarity of Twin Falls, Idaho to the newness of Craig has been a smooth one. It's been such a good move, he said, that Jensen and his family look at this area as their permanent home.
"Absolutely," Jensen said. "We really have enjoyed being here so far. I see this as a long-term commitment."
Jensen, an administrator with a decade of educational experience, is taking over as the second vice-principal at the high school. He will share the vice-principal duties with Tom Schnellinger.
Jensen also will be in charge of issues arising with high school freshmen and juniors. Schnellinger will handle sophomores and seniors.
Adding another vice principal at MCHS allows the school to replace its old administrative structure. Instead of using four deans on a rotating basis, the system utilizing two vice principals will allow the school to maintain consistency in policy and procedure enforcement, officials said.
The Bulldogs' new vice-principal began his career as an elementary school physical education teacher and later moved onto teaching eighth-grade physical education. His resume also boasts extracurricular activities such as teaching driver's education, and coaching varsity tennis and freshmen football.
He said the small-town lifestyle of Craig falls in line with what he was looking for when considering a career move. Also, the area is within an eight-hour drive of family in Idaho.
"We've just really liked the people here," Jensen said. "When we came to visit, we thought, 'wow, this would be great.' It looked really family-friendly and like a fun place to raise our kids. ... Everybody has been really nice and very warm and welcoming."
Principal Jane Krogman said she was thrilled about Jensen's arrival at the high school.
"(He) is an excellent addition to our administrative staff at MCHS," Krogman said. "His experience in working with youth and his enthusiasm about the position will be assets in this first year as he learns the ropes at MCHS. ... Mr. Jensen will be well received by students as he is very personable and willing to listen. He has good ideas to bring to the table and is willing to roll up his sleeves and get dirty to get the job done."
Krogman also said she was "delighted" about Jensen's family and enthusiasm for the area.
"Any administrator knows the importance of having a strong family support due to the long hours and stressful days," she said. "Coming from a family of educators and with such solid support from his wife, he will undoubtedly have a very positive start at MCHS."
Jensen, and his wife, Rachel, have three children, sons Terran, 9, Korben, 5, and Bowen, 3.
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