Sara Linsacum signs on as Craig Middle School’s assistant principal, athletic director | CraigDailyPress.com

Sara Linsacum signs on as Craig Middle School’s assistant principal, athletic director

Sara Linsacum stands in her new office at Craig Middle School, complete with Bulldog-themed decor. Linsacum, who has worked in Moffat County School District since 2008, recently started as the school's assistant principal and athletic director.

The word "coach" has had multiple meanings for Sara Linsacum in recent years, and she'll now be putting that background to a different use.

Linsacum was recently named the new assistant principal and athletic director for Craig Middle SchoolCraig Middle School, replacing John Haddan, who is stepping into the position of , replacing John Haddan, who is stepping into the position of Ridgeview Elementary SchoolRidgeview Elementary School principal for the coming school year. principal for the coming school year.

Craig Middle School, replacing John Haddan, who is stepping into the position of Ridgeview Elementary School principal for the coming school year.

Linsacum previously served as an instructional coach for the past two years for Moffat County School District, and with much of her work taking place at Ridgeview last year, the move is almost like a trade between CMS and Ridgeview.

However, she has worked with students and teachers at all levels in MCSD, first starting in 2008 as a kindergarten teacher at Sunset Elementary SchoolSunset Elementary School. In 2014, she transitioned to the instructional coach job, which includes improving the use of technology in the district and strengthening teacher performance.. In 2014, she transitioned to the instructional coach job, which includes improving the use of technology in the district and strengthening teacher performance.

Sunset Elementary School. In 2014, she transitioned to the instructional coach job, which includes improving the use of technology in the district and strengthening teacher performance.

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"Playing that important role in the district and really learning, I'm excited to be still working with teachers in that capacity," she said.

CMS Principal David Grabowski said he had applicants for the job from across the country and within the MCSD, though Linsacum stood out for those interviewing both because of her familiarity with district curriculum and her general traits as an educator.

"She's great at building relationships with staff, students and parents," he said. "She's going to be a great addition."

Linsacum said CMS holds a special place in her heart due to the age group of students and the approach for working with them. She had already requested to work as an instructional coach for the building before landing the assistant principal gig.

While middle school sports do not have the same bearing for some as high school, the time is an important one for young athletes to start on a path to success.

"This is really the 'make it or break it' portion of their life," she said. "You can really coach and foster an active and healthy lifestyle more than just that sport and really instill a love for fitness and athletics or extracurricular activities such as band or student council. You have to find the right personnel who know that you are their first impression to these activities and athletics."

Fall sports at CMS will begin practices Aug. 22, with a parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium the same day for those participating in football, volleyball and cross country.

One unfortunate part of the new job is that as an AD, Linsacum will no longer be able to work as the middle school's coach for both cross country and track and field, a tough step for the longtime runner who also competed in indoor and outdoor track at Chadron State College.

"I'll get to be around all the sports, which is exciting but bittersweet at the same time, stepping away from those," she said.

She has also coached Moffat County teams in volleyball and basketball.

Marrying into the Linsacum family, she knew sports would continue to be a vital part of her life. Her husband, Travis, was a fixture of Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School wrestling during his time there, and Travis’s cousin, Tanner, is currently the head coach for MCHS and CMS grappling. wrestling during his time there, and Travis's cousin, Tanner, is currently the head coach for MCHS and CMS grappling.

Moffat County High School wrestling during his time there, and Travis's cousin, Tanner, is currently the head coach for MCHS and CMS grappling.

"It's something that we live and breathe," she said. "Some people see it as a burden, going to all these sports events on the weekends, but that's something I want my children to be around and that I love to be around."

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