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Craig Middle School Assistant Principal Named 2019 Colorado Assistant Principal of the Year

Wednesday, November 28, 2018  
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Melissa Gibson
CASE Director of Communications and Strategic Partners

Moffat County School District Assistant Principal Named Colorado's 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year for Secondary Schools

DENVER  In her three years as assistant principal at Craig Middle School, Sara Linsacum has already made a big impact. Her focus on creating a collaborative environment and making sure everyone from the students, to the parents, to her fellow educators are engaged in the school’s mission and culture is fostering a united, positive and innovative atmosphere at CMS.

The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), along with the Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals (CASSP), named Linsacum the 2019 Colorado Assistant Principal of the Year for Secondary Schools. The organizations announced the news on Wednesday.


“Sara really understands how to connect with everyone in the Craig Middle School community,” said CASE Executive Director, Lisa Escárcega. “The relationships she’s fostered at CMS have allowed her create important changes that are benefitting everyone in the building. She’s worked hard for this award, and she earned it.”


While she’s been at CMS for only three years now, Linsacum’s educational roots have deep ties to Craig, Colorado. She got her start as an elementary school teacher in Moffat County School District before joining the CMS team in 2014, and eventually moving to the assistant principal position just three years ago.


“Craig Middle School is my second home,” Linsacum said. “I’m very proud of the work and the people and the students and the family members. Even though [this win] was a surprise, I know the work we do is really great, so all those people should be honored.”


Linsacum’s “coaching-style leadership approach,” in her words, has led to several successful SPED recommendations, improved co-teaching processes, and fostered a more supportive MTSS team for the school. Plus, her focus on relationships—not just at CMS, but in the community at-large—has allowed her to unite and connect with families, and even agencies outside of the school.


“In a rural area, if we didn’t have good relationships with the families and outside agencies, we wouldn’t be able to support our kids the way we do,” she said. “Everything we do here is a ‘we’ decision. There’s never an ‘I’ decision—everything we do is a team effort.”


Linsacum has cultivated partnerships with outside agencies, like the Craig Police Department, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, and Mind Springs Health, a mental health outpatient therapy center in Craig, to provide more opportunities and services to CMS students and families outside of school. She’s also made a concerted effort to bring a higher level of technology to CMS.


“Technology is [her] passion,” said one Craig Middle School teacher. “Mrs. Linsacum brought technology night, flipped learning, professional developments for teachers, and training for students to our school.”


Thanks to Linsacum, CMS has one to one iPads, along with Apple TVs in every classroom, the CMS teacher said.


“With living in a rural area, technology allows us to communicate and fosters connection with the outside world. Our students and educators are able to connect on another level, providing students with a higher quality education.”


Linsacum will be honored at a school event next month, as well as at the CASE Awards Reception this spring. As the Colorado state winner, she’ll be honored at the NASSP 2019 National Principals Conference in July 2019.




The Colorado Association of School Executives (www.co-case.org) is the preeminent professional association for public school administrators in Colorado. The organization’s mission is to empower Colorado education leaders through advocacy, professional learning and networking to deliver on the promise of public education.



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