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Former high school principal returns

Joel Sheridan hired as assistant superintendent

Josh Nichols

Former Moffat County High School Principal Joel Sheridan is coming back to the Moffat County School District after a two-year hiatus spent in Aspen.

And he’s excited about the return, Sheridan said.

Sheridan was recently named assistant superintendent in the Moffat County School District where he served as MCHS principal from 1990 to 2000.

“I’m really anticipating good things there,” Sheridan said Thursday from his office in Aspen. “The Moffat County School District is really solid. It’s been proven by how the community has voted in support of education in the past.”

Sheridan will assist his former colleague MCHS Pete Bergmann, who was appointed superintendent of the Moffat County School District in March.

Bergmann served as Sheridan’s assistant principal for five years at Moffat County High School.

Sheridan said the board of education made a good choice in selecting Bergmann as the new superintendent and said one of the reasons he chose to return to Craig was to rejoin Bergmann and Jim Rugh, who is director of elementary education and principal at Sunset Elementary School.

“The leadership of Pete (Bergmann) will be an added dimension to education in the district,” Sheridan said. “Pete is one of the best pure educators there is. The district is very fortunate to have him.”

Sheridan said he thinks Bergmann’s many years of classroom experience will show through in how he runs the district.

“I see a significant change in the perspective of the leadership of the district,” he said. “Some administrators take a financial role while some take a public relations role, but we need to remember we’re in the education business.”

Sheridan said he transferred to Aspen two years ago because the position offered had a focus in special education, an area in which he had significant experience.

“I wanted to have a focus in special education,” he said. “That’s why I made the choice to go there.”

Sheridan served as assistant superintendent for one year in Aspen and filled the role of interim superintendent last year.

He said he was “spread a little thin” with responsibilities last year, but said he wanted to return to Moffat County mainly because it is a good place to work in education.

“I wanted to go back to the administrative team that is forming there,” he said. “And, overall, the quality of classroom instruction in Moffat County is unequalled in most places.”

Rugh said he looks forward to Sheridan rejoining the administrative team.

“I think it’s a great addition,” he said. “He brings a lot of expertise and insight. He’s worked in ELL (English Language Learner program) and special education.”

Sheridan said a specific job description has yet to be set for his new role in the Moffat County School District, but predicted he would be working on personnel, staff development and technology issues. While there can be variables in the social/economic status of students from one district to another, Sheridan said the basic approach to educating students is always the same.

“All kids have the same needs,” he said.

“In some environments more of the students’ needs have already been met so you approach them differently. But the learning process is still the same.”


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