Richard, Lis

    Superintendent

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    Lis Richard is a passionate educator with a love for leading schools to excellence. With over 33 years in education, she has been in educational leadership for 17 years serving as principal and the last three years in the superintendency. Her tenure in administration has been one of wonderful success leading some top-performing schools.
 Her sixteen years in the classroom at various levels has helped to shaped her leadership values. Twice she has received “Teacher of the Year” awards and is a recognized educational consultant and trainer in the Western United States.
 Mrs. Richard has earned two undergraduate degrees in education and theory of education. She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently working toward a doctorate with a specialty in K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Mrs. Richard is an author and consultant for Character First and Strata Leadership. She also has extensive leadership training apart from her degrees. She is now working on writing projects in the field of education.
 She and her husband enjoy living in Southwest Colorado. Lis is a fourth generation Chappell (long line of farmers) and is very happy to be back with family. She and her husband enjoy riding their motorcycles all over the state and love spending time with their 13 grandchildren.

      Schmitt, Justin

      Secondary Principal

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      Mr. Schmitt is a career educator who began his career as a middle school teacher and a high school boys basketball coach. Schmitt is a Colorado native and a graduate of Dolores High School. After high school he earned his BA in US History and Secondary Education and went on to receive his MA from Grand Canyon University in Educational Administration. For the past 8 years Mr. Schmitt has worked in the new school development, operations, and administration of online and blended charter schools in numerous states throughout the country. Justin and his wife Erin have been blessed with three
      very active children and they spend the majority of their time coaching and cheering them on at their various sporting events. They also enjoy traveling and spending time in the beautiful outdoors of Southwest Colorado. Justin is excited to return to Dolores Secondary and is looking forward to supporting its staff and students as they continue to work toward making Dolores Secondary a school of distinction.

        McCormick, Lurleen

        Elementary Principal

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        Lurleen grew up in Recovery, Georgia and has enjoyed 15 years of service in educational settings while living in Littleton, Colorado. She started as a parent volunteer in 2005 at Red Rocks Elementary School and has enjoyed being an administrator at Sobesky Academy for the last two years. She is excited to join the team at Dolores Elementary School, and she hopes to continue to inspire academic excellence and an enjoyment of learning! Lurleen enjoys hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and renovating houses, and she’s looking forward to exploring our area and enjoying new outdoor adventures!

        Lurleen studied Agriculture and Animal Science while at Florida A & M University and the University of Georgia, and then she taught sustainable animal production while in the Peace Corps serving Ecuadorians in South America. During her PC service, she discovered her love of teaching. She went on to received her Master’s in Education studies at Regis University. She also completed her Education Specialist degree in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Colorado. Lurleen is honored and humbled to have an opportunity to put her years of experience and education to use to serve to our community.

          Rosenkrance, Valiena

          PreSchool Dir

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          Mrs. Rosenkrance grew up moving between Alaska and Dolores, Colorado. Her family moved twice a year going to Alaska in the summer and Dolores in the winter. Valiena is a graduate of Dolores High School. She was married here (36 years strong!) and has two grown sons.
          Valiena received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Fort Lewis College. She has been working at the Teddy Bear Preschool for 25 years; the first seven years as a teacher and the remaining 18 years as the director. She has been instrumental in leading our preschool to amazing NAEYC accreditation. Only 3% of preschools in the nation have attained national accreditation. This is the mark of excellence and quality in the early childhood field.

            Reed, Alesa

            District Office Curriculum Director

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            Alesa Reed has been working in the Dolores District for over 28 years. Her husband and she raised their children in this community and 4 out of 6 of them were graduates of DHS.

            She has worked in many positions in this district. This has uniquely given her a special perspective of the workings of education as a whole. She has worked in transportation to substituting and many jobs in between. She has been so thankful Dolores District has been a place where she has been able to grow and develop her talents as an educator.

            In the last few years, she merged into the administrative side of education. She is currently serving as the Curriculum and Assessment Director. She misses the student interaction but tries to keep up on the events in each building.  She has been instrumental in the work of aligning curriculum, Pre-12 to best educate our students. 

            She received a bachelors and master’s degree from Fort Lewis College and is now in their principal program for a second master’s degree.

              Jones, Doreen

              District Office Finance 

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              Mrs. Jones grew up in a rural area near Lake Champlain in upstate New York much like Dolores. She is married with two sons that both graduated from Dolores Schools and two delightful grandsons. Hobbies include camping, hiking and gardening. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family.

              Mrs. Jones has been working in finance for more than 30 years. She has been the Finance Director with the Dolores School District for 5 years. Before that she spent 17 years with the Summit Ridge Water District as Office Manager/Bookkeeper.

                Baxter, Mark

                Tech Dir

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                Mark Baxter began working in the technology field over 20 years ago. He has been the technology director at the Dolores School District since 2007. Mark is a lifelong Colorado resident who graduated from the University of Northern Colorado.  Working in the ever-changing world of technology provides constant challenges and opportunities to learn and grow. He is passionate about technology and how it can be used to further the educational goals of students and staff throughout the school district, and like everyone, he enjoys staring at meticulously crafted spreadsheets of all shapes and sizes.

                  Dibsie, Lezlie

                  Registrar

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                  Lezlie Dibsie joined the Dolores School District in February of 2014.  She has been working in education for many years. She spent eight years at the Vocational Technical School in a similar Registrar role and six years with Dolores School District.  She hopes to continue her role with this district until retirement.

                  She did not grow up in this area, but her dad’s graduation photo is on the wall in the Dolores High School hallway, class of ‘49.  Her great, great grandparent’s wedding is recorded on one of the first pages in the county records.  Her roots run deep in this area.

                  She is here to serve this community and this school district. Do not hesitate to contact her with any questions!

                    Soukup, Chuck

                    Cafeteria Director

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                    Mr. Soukup has been working in and running kitchens for 35 years. He has worked in California, Midwest, Denver, and Dolores, Colorado. He graduated from a Culinary school in San Francisco in 1991 and worked in cafes, resorts, hotels, catering, and two different school districts. He states, “Working with children has been the most rewarding and challenging job of my career.  Adults are easily impressed. Children… not so much.”

                    Meals at the school are analyzed and prepared according to nutrition guidelines set forth by the USDA and CDE. This is what is required but try explaining that to a kid who just wants a piece of pizza every day and nothing else!  He endeavors to keep food interesting, fresh, and kid-friendly even though many of his customers are adults.

                      Goad, Alfonso

                      Maintenance Dir

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                      Alfonso Goad has been with the Dolores School District for 11 years. He has lived in Montezuma County for 18 years. He has been married for 14 years and has 2 daughters, 19 and 23, both graduated from Dolores High School.

                      He has been in the construction field for most of his adult life. His skills include: framing, trim carpentry, concrete work, plumbing and a H.V.A.C. His hobbies include fishing, camping and gardening.

                      He takes his position with the district very seriously and sees that the buildings are in the best shape possible.

                        Kuik, Bill

                        Transportation Director

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                        Bill Kuik is new to the Dolores School District and excited about the people, the job, and the opportunities. He has a diversified background which enables him to be uniquely qualified in administration, teaching, and fixing our transportation vehicles.

                        He spent time in past careers maintaining puddle jumpers (that would be small airplanes) and Boeing 747’s (Jumbo’s). He also chased helicopters (if you are a helicopter mechanic you spend as much time chasing after them as you do work on them; and yes, helicopters are amazing ships.) He has overhauled Caterpillar Scrappers and D10 Bulldozers, semi-trucks and paving equipment. The last five years he has been teaching Automotive Service Technology and developing the Automotive Program as the Automotive Coordinator at PCC holding ASE Master Mechanic Certification for the Automotive Industry. He shares, “Today’s cars are amazingly complex computer driven/electronic AI (artificial intelligence) autonomous machines, capable of inspiring students in ways we can only imagine!” He also brings to the table a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder 2002.

                        His hobbies include his family, Christian Apologetics, and spending considerable time designing CAD/CAM, building and constructing including small buildings/greenhouses and anything to do with air or water.

                        Bill shares that “It is a privilege and honor to be able serve the Dolores School District and to inspire the high school students with hopes and dreams, peace of mind, the satisfaction of trying and doing their best, with goals of a future bright and filled with life.”