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Heather Cremeans is new head of Crystal River Elementary School

CARBONDALE — A former teacher from Gypsum has been hired to be the new principal at the Crystal River Elementary School here, replacing former principal Karen Olson.

Heather Cremeans has worked since 2008 in the Eagle County School District, where she was an instructional coach, an administrative intern and a third-grade teacher at Gypsum Elementary, according to Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Diana Sirko.

“In her 18 years as an educator,” Sirko wrote in an email to the Post Independent, “she has been extensively involved in instructional leadership, mentoring and using data to inform instruction.”

Cremeans also was featured in a May 31, 2012, article in the Vail Daily newspaper, which dealt with teachers’ efforts to “teach about the cycle of life” by giving students “a caterpillar to watch emerge into a butterfly,” according to the article.

According to Sirko, Cremeans’ “key traits include creative problem solving, a collaborative leadership style, the knowledge and experience of working with second-language students, and her genuine commitment to our students, community and our school.”

Cremeans, who does not start her new job until early August, could not be reached for comment for this story.

But Sirko said that her view of the new CRES principal is that she “accomplishes all of this with a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. We feel fortunate to have her in our district.”


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