Craig Rogers, the Aspen Middle School principal since 2014-15, is leaving at the end of the school year.

Craig Rogers, the Aspen Middle School principal since 2014-15, who has more than 20 years as a teacher or administrator in the district, is leaving at the end of the school year.

“I will be concluding my principalship and retiring from ASD at the end of this school year,” Rogers wrote in an email on Saturday, confirming what he had told staff and parents last week.

“It’s been a great ride — 23 years,” Rogers said, adding that he would be available at a later time to discuss reasons behind his departure

Rogers replaced Tom Heald, who in 2014 was promoted to oversee the curriculum, as AMS Principal. He had served as assistant principal under Heald for two years while also teaching eighth grade algebra.

Always hands-on with the Aspen Ski Swap, which benefited the outdoor education program, and teaching kids to ski, Rogers received Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s prestigious Bob Beattie Award in 2013.

Superintendent Dr. John Maloy said that in Rogers’ resignation letter he expressed the desire “to spend more time with his family and seek other professional endeavors that are ‘less time intensive.’”

“Craig said that although he still loves his work as a building principal the job is ‘all consuming’ and leaves little time for him to enjoy his wife and children,” Dr. Maloy wrote in an email.

The initial step in the process to search for a replacement is underway, he said.

That includes: Review and revise the AMS Principal job description; post the job opening; review and screen applications; conduct the first and second round of interviews; recommend a finalist (s) and make an offer to the finalist.

“Yes, we have begun step one but the process is quite comprehensive and will take some time,” he added.

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Madeleine Osberger is a Contributing Editor for Aspen Daily News. She can be reached at or on Twitter @Madski99