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Best of Moffat County: Peggy Green provides sunny outlook for Sunset students

Peggy Green cuddles with a sock monkey and the Cat in the Hat on the Friendship Bench in the lobby of Sunset Elementary School. Green has taught first-grade at the school for the past three years and was voted Best Elementary Teacher in the 2017 Best of Moffat County.

Along with math, reading and other subjects, traits like positivity and kindness are what Peggy Green hopes to teach the young ones of Moffat County.

Green was voted Best Elementary Teacher in the 2017 Best of Moffat County for her work teaching first grade at Sunset Elementary School.

Green has been with Sunset for about three years and with Moffat County School District for the past eight, previously working at East Elementary School.

And, when it comes to the job, there is no better part of the day than interacting with the kids in her class who are fresh out of kindergarten and eager to be there.

"They love school, they love each other, and they want to learn, they just eat up what you teach them," Green said. "They'll come running up to you after the weekend like they haven't seen you in a month."

Green and fellow first-grade instructor Kathy Knez have worked at instilling values in students through a program called "Superpowers" that not only helps them power through any difficulties in their own academics but also be cognizant of the kids around them and show them support when they need it.

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"It's all about positive thinking," Green said. "They'll help each other, come up and say, 'You can do it, persevere!' It's just the sweetest, and we try to build that community."

Green added that parents at the school also provide the kind of atmosphere she loves.

"It's just smiles up and down the carpool lane," she said.

Jill Hafey, principal for Sunset, said Green is "a team player" and an excellent part of the school staff.

"She does everything that's good for our kids," Hafey said. "She puts our kids first at all times."

Green in turn noted that it's Hafey and the entirety of the Sunset faculty that make it a great place to teach, as well as the town of Craig as a whole.

When out walking her dog Al Bama, whose name reflects her Southern roots — Roll tide! — the friendliness always makes an impression.

"Everybody smiles, everybody waves, it's just a great place to live," she smiled.