Moffat County School District teachers line up Wednesday for lunch at Craig Middle School during teacher orientation. Local educators have been hard at work preparing for the start of the new school year on Monday.

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Moffat County School District teachers line up Wednesday for lunch at Craig Middle School during teacher orientation. Local educators have been hard at work preparing for the start of the new school year on Monday.

Educational introduction

New teachers prepped for school year in Moffat County

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With the start of a new school year, Moffat County School District is welcoming a group of new teachers to the area. Some of those teachers met with the Craig Daily Press this week for a short Q and A session:

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Jessica Knez, Moffat County High School

Name: Jessica Knez

Where are you from?

Grew up in Craig and Moffat County School District

What are you teaching?

All 4 levels of Spanish at Moffat County High School

What brought you to Moffat County?

“My family’s here and I just had a baby. They’re such a wonderful support system. We have family friends here that are just a lot of help.”

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Amanda Ward, Craig Middle School

Name: Amanda Ward

Where are you from?

New York

What are you teaching?

6th grade literacy and social studies at Craig Middle School

What brought you to Moffat County?

“This district just represented to both my fiancé and I, who also is a new teacher here, that it really cared about the success of kids. The people out here have been really friendly to us. We came out here because my fiancé grew up here and we wanted to be in the Craig environment.”

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Vicki Weber, Craig Middle School

Name: Vicki Weber

Where are you from?

From Wyoming and have lived in Craig for 13 years

What are you teaching?

6th grade literacy and social studies at Craig Middle School

What brought you to Moffat County?

“I have 4 children, 2 grandchildren here. We camp, hunt, garden. The great outdoors of Colorado. I’ve been here a long time. Not new to Moffat County, just a new teacher.”

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Janie Wilson, Craig Middle School

Name: Janie Wilson

Where are you from?

Pittsburg, Kansas

What are you teaching?

6th grade literacy and social studies at Craig Middle School

What brought you to Moffat County?

“My husband took a job with BLM and that moved us out here to Craig.”

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Lisa McDermott, Craig Middle School

Name: Lisa McDermott

Where are you from?

From Craig, taught in Kansas for 4 years

What are you teaching?

Math, Science and social studies at Craig Middle School

What brought you to Moffat County?

“This is where I grew up and this is where my family’s at, so to be near them.”

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Sarah Snow, East Elementary School

Name: Sarah Snow

Where are you from?

Detroit, Michigan

What are you teaching?

Kindergarten at East Elementary School

What brought you to Moffat County?

“My husband and his job.”

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Melissa Carey, East Elementary School

Name: Melissa Carey

Where are you from?

From Colorado originally, Utah for a long time and just moved back

What are you teaching?

Literacy coordinator at East Elementary for kindergarten through 5th grade

What brought you to Moffat County?

“All the outdoor activities. There’s so much to do. But I foresee a lot of time being spent in the classroom.”

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Virginia Pugh, Craig Middle School

Name: Virginia Pugh

Where are you from?

California, but I’ve lived here for 27 years

What are you teaching?

Financial literacy at Craig Middle School

What brought you to Moffat County?

“I love the area. I came here to visit and really liked the area so I decided to come stay.”

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