Craig Classes began last week at Moffat County School District with 33 new teaching staff members. The high school has the largest number of new teachers followed by Sunset and East Elementary schools.
“Turnover was about the same this year as last year and slightly higher than in 2012,” said Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice. “There were a variety of reasons including retirements, configuration changes and life changes such as teachers returning to get their next degrees. We have bus driver positions to fill, but we are fully teacher staffed."
At least nine of the new teachers are Colorado born and raised.
“I’m excited to teach in the district I grew up in,” said Angela Glispy. “I was born and raised in Boulder,” said Amanda Toll. “I am very excited to be here in Craig."
Glispey and Toll are new kindergarten teachers at East Elementary School.
“I am a Colorado native and will enjoy spending more time in Northwest Colorado,” said Billie Lockhart, the new choir and drama instructor for Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School.
The list of new teachers includes first-time teachers alongside seasoned professionals.
“I have always wanted to be an educator since the age of 9 years old,” said new Craig Middle School teacher Brice White.
New Sunset Elementary School teacher Terry Jacobs is returning to the Yampa Valley after 14 years.
“I spent the last 14 years teaching in Alaska and am glad to be back in the Valley and in Colorado,” Jacobs said.
New teachers also hail from Pennsylvania, Wyoming, North Carolina and Arkansas.
“Arkansas is the only state in which I have lived,” said new French teacher Paula Ferguson. “I love cold weather, but we'll see what I say about it this time next year.”
For at least two new teachers, teaching for Moffat County School District, is a family affair.
“Myself and two of my children will be at Sunset Elementary,” said new Sunset Elementary teacher Misty McCormick. “My husband is working at Moffat County High School, and our other child will be attending Craig Middle School.”
They’re not the only new teachers married to someone in the district.
“I’m married to middle school teacher Linda McIntosh,” said Angus McIntosh, new MSHS Vocational Agriculture teacher. “My two daughters are Moffat County High School graduates.”
Many of the new teachers are looking forward to taking advantage of the many recreational opportunities offered in Moffat County.
“I love hiking and horseback riding in the mountains and spending time with my family and friends,” said new district Director of Curriculum and Assessment Amy Ward.
“I played football and rugby and love the outdoors,” said new MCHS social studies teacher Jeff Wert.
“I am an avid skier and runner,” said Annie Reimann, new fourth grade teacher at East Elementary School.
The new teachers already are making positive contributions to the community, the school district and the students.
“We are off to an incredibly great start,” Curtice said. “I am very pleased with the exemplary, committed professionals taking care of our kids this year.”