Vicki Haddan may have only started in her current position with the Moffat County School District earlier this spring, but with her level of familiarity with local education scene, stepping into the job was a breeze.
Haddan has developed a reputation as a Jill-of-all-trades for her work with the district, having been an employee since 1995 and seeing the academic world from all different angles. For the past eight months, she has functioned in the role of administrative assistant to Superintendent Joe Petrone.
“I just wanted the challenge of a new job, and I’ve never done anything like it before,” she said.
Haddan’s current job follows many other different kinds in the area that all seem to feed in to what she’s doing right now.
She started as a preschool teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School, working there through 1999, whereupon she shifted gears and worked with the Moffat County High School library. She eventually changed her career path again by moving to the bookkeeping department at the school district’s administration building and later the IT department.
Haddan said her wealth of experience has given her “a good overview” of what’s happening with the county’s schools.
“It’s a privilege for me to serve the public and the staff,” she said. “Educators are a group that care very deeply about students and I’m the same. I genuinely care about kids and what’s going on in their lives, so it’s a pretty unique and special place to work.”
The job has a dual nature, as she’s responsible for communicating with all the district’s schools and being on-hand for the meetings of the district’s school board.
“It brings a whole different look to the business of schools for me and getting to know all the board members and what their job really is has been fascinating,” she said.
Petrone said he has consistently been impressed with Haddan’s ability to balance her duties.
“She’s the face of Moffat County schools and the Board of Education, and we’re so lucky to have her in a difficult job like this,” Petrone said.
Petrone added that when Haddan replaced Vicki Duncan in the position, the change was almost seamless.
“She comes with an incredible set of skills, and it seems like she’s been here (in her current position) for years because her transition into it was so smooth,” he said.
When not in the office, Haddan — who turns 49 on Dec. 26 — devotes as much time as possible to her husband and three sons.
“They’re what it’s all about for me,” she said.
Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.