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New principals appointed to lead two D6 high schools

Two seasoned Greeley-Evans School District 6 assistant principals will take the helm of Greeley Central High School and Northridge High School next year after the Board of Education approved the appointments at its business meeting Monday night.


Amy Zulauf, who is currently the assistant principal at Greeley West High School, has been selected to lead Greeley Central High School, beginning next school year. She replaces Cary Smith, who is retiring after serving five years as principal, two years as assistant principal and 23 years as an English teacher at Central.


Aaron Allen, also a current assistant principal at Greeley West High School, has been selected to lead Northridge High School, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. Greg Cocking, a former building administrator from the Boulder Valley School District and former Human Resources director in District 6, has been serving as the interim principal this year at Northridge. 


“I am pleased we were able to fill these two, very important positions from within our organization,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “Ms. Zulauf and Mr. Allen are experienced administrators who are ready to lead these two large, comprehensive high schools. They know our students, they know our staff, they know our community, and they will be able to help lead both these schools to new levels of excellence.”


Zulauf began her career in education in 2008 at Greeley-Evans School District 6 as a high school English teacher at Northridge High School. In 2010, Zulauf moved to Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins as an English teacher where she worked until 2014, when she returned to District 6 to serve as the International Baccalaureate program coordinator and English teacher at Greeley West. In 2016, Zulauf was promoted to assistant principal at Greeley West and will remain in that role until her transition to Greeley Central.

Zulauf obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Colorado State University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and her Principal License from the University of Northern Colorado. Zulauf is currently working on her Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership at University of Wyoming, with expected graduation in 2025.


Allen began his educational career in 2001 teaching English at Fujiwara School District in Japan. In 2003, he returned to the United States to teach music in Colorado Springs. He taught at another elementary school before becoming a school counselor and eventually the assistant principal at a middle school in Colorado Springs. In 2015, Allen again went abroad and worked as a school counselor at Beijing City International School in China. In 2018, Mr. Allen accepted the role of assistant principal at Greeley West High School where he will serve until his transition to Northridge High School at the end of this school year. 


Mr. Allen obtained his Bachelor of Music Education/Composition from University of Dayton. He earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Phoenix in Educational Administration and obtained his Principal Licensure at Adams State University.