Moffat County High School names new principal
After years of leadership turnover at Moffat County High School, students and staff will find some continuity in their newly selected principal — current Assistant Principal Sarah Hepworth.
Starting officially July 1, Hepworth will become the fifth principal to take on the position in the last seven years.
Hepworth was nominated by Moffat County School District administration and confirmed by the Board of Education at its regular meeting Thursday, May 16.
“I am overjoyed that I will continue to get to work with our youth, as they have a unique world view,” Hepworth said. “They have so much hope for the future, and that keeps me motivated to work hard to help them achieve their personal best.”
The district received 11 applications for the position following current MCHS Principal Kyle York’s notice of resignation. After two years in the role, York and his family will be moving back to Colorado Springs this summer to pursue new ventures.
Two other individuals were interviewed and seriously considered for the job, but Hepworth stood out as the top pick, said Superintendent David Ulrich.
“Frankly, she has a long, positive history in our school district of positive leadership,” Ulrich said. “I’m a big believer that past performance is a big indicator of future success. She has been a good leader for us for a long time.”
For the past 20 years, Hepworth has held a number of positions within the district: first-grade teacher, director of early childhood services, early childhood special educator, principal of East Elementary School, and her most recent position as assistant principal of MCHS.
“As the assistant principal, this past school year has been enlightening and rewarding,” Hepworth said. “Working at the other end of the K-12 educational spectrum has helped me understand the possibilities for all students and their futures.”
Ulrich added that another selling point for the district is that Hepworth and her family have a long history in the community with no plans to depart anytime soon.
“That was something that we heard loud and clear from our high school staff especially,” he said. “They wanted somebody that would come here and stay here. That’s something that we struggled with.”
Currently, Hepworth is doing double duty, finishing up the school year as an assistant principal and a principal-in-training.
“That’s another advantage, we’re not waiting on somebody to move from a different part of the state or another state. She’s able to jump in feet first and get rolling,” Ulrich said.
Moving forward, Hepworth hopes to be able to improve upon the solid foundation already in place at the high school.
“I hope to capitalize on the great work that has been done thus far at MCHS, and lead our high school to achieve it’s mission and next level of excellence,” she said. “Our high school has all the right ingredients to assure that students can realize the future of their choice.”
A learn-by-doing methodology was on display Friday at the Loudy-Simpson Park pond as Moffat County High School science students learned quickly whether or not they had a future in engineering.