Next BMS principal had a great teacher |

Next BMS principal had a great teacher

The Roaring Fork School District Board of Education has appointed current Basalt Middle School Assistant Principal Christian Kingsbury to replace outgoing Principal Pat Henry, who will retire at the end of this school year.

“We have been very pleased with the breadth of experience and knowledge that Christian brings to the RFSD. He’s had a wonderful opportunity to work with a great mentor in Pat Henry,” Superintendent Fred Wall said.

Kingsbury, 35, is in his second year as assistant principal at the middle school of 472 students in the fifth through eighth grades. He was appointed through an internal promotion by the school board at its regular meeting Jan. 28.

“He’s ready and I know he’s going to be awesome. He’ll do a great job,” said Henry.

A longtime local school district employee, Henry, 59, began his career in education in a rural Illinois school district for 11 years, working his way from student teacher to math teacher to assistant principal.

Henry came to the RFSD in 1983 and served as principal at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale for 12 years. He was assistant principal at Basalt Middle for seven years, followed by a stint as principal for the past two years.

“I’ve had 32 great years in education, and I’ve never been disappointed in any one of them. I do look forward to skiing on powder days rather than coming to school,” Henry said.

Kingsbury, who will take over as BMS principal in the fall, is in his 10th year as an educator. He said he is “amazed” by the enthusiasm of the local teachers and parents.

“My impression of this school is the people who work here and the parents all think it’s a great school. The positive vibe makes a world of difference. It makes it a great place to work and be a leader,” Kingsbury said.

The educator previously worked as a math and computer teacher at Pomona High School in Arvada. He has taught seventh-grade special education and math and also served as director of the Boulder Preparatory Charter High School for at-risk and expelled students.

His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa and a principal’s license from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Kingsbury and his wife, Laura, have two young sons.

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