Hello, Dolores, Colorado!
My name is Reece Blincoe and I will be serving as your interim superintendent for the 2021-22 school
year. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and give you a little background information, both
professional and personal.
Most recently, I moved from Georgetown, Texas, where I had semi-retired from education. I had worked
in public education in Texas for 34 years, where I started as an agriculture science teacher, progressed to a
career and technology education director/campus administrator, then to a school superintendent, and
finally a professor of school administration. In total I served as an administrator for over 20 years and a
superintendent for 11 of that.
As a superintendent, I had a number of accomplishments that I was really proud of. We were the first
school district in Texas to implement a chess curriculum to all 2nd and 3rd grades and we were featured
in a major education magazine for our accomplishments. We were also one of the first school districts in
Texas to offer a full 1:1 Apple computer use for students in grades 9-12 and eventually grades 6-12 with
3rd through 5th graders using i-pad devices. As we continued our academic gains our high school was
the recipient of the prestigious National Blue-Ribbon Schools award and we were nominated in the top 3
best small school districts in Texas, two years in a row.
As a professor, I was the director and instructor in graduate programs for education administration. In
essence, I taught classes to help school teachers become administrators and earn a masters degree along
the way. I taught this program for two years in Texas and the two more years in New Mexico.
I began visiting Southwest Colorado over two decades ago when I was invited on an elk hunting trip. We
hunted around the Pagosa Springs area for a few years and then eventually up from Dolores, behind Priest
Gulch. I was never able to bag an elk, so let’s just say I’m not very good at elk hunting, but along the way
I began fly-fishing and just enjoying the beauty of this region. When this job opened up, I felt I would be
a natural fit for the area, so I applied.
Currently I am here with just myself and my dog, Bernie. You might see us on the river trail in the
morning or at the farmers market on Wednesday’s (he’s the fluffy black and white dog, I’m the guy on
the other end of the leash). Back in Texas I have two daughters and a granddaughter that I am very proud
of. My daughters are both college graduates and my youngest, hopefully, is off to dental school in the
Summer of 2022. My oldest is in property management and is mom to a beautiful four year old girl.
I was officially hired on Friday, July 23, and began work the next Monday. I have spent this week getting
to know the Board, staff and community. You are so fortunate to have a School Board that is dedicated to
the students and community. They truly want to grow the district to be the best and I want to help them in
that quest. I am overwhelmed at the kindness and dedication of the staff. Everyone has been so helpful in
my transition to be your superintendent and I look forward to working with everyone this school year. I
am fully aware that it will not be all smooth sailing this year. We are dealing with a resurgence of the
COVID virus and trying to put procedures in place to keep all of our staff and students safe as everyone
returns to school. Our goal is to go the full year with face-to-face/in school instruction. We are
monitoring information from the CDC, CDE, local health authorities, and surrounding school districts. In
all we do we want to make sure that we are keeping everyone safe and learning. We are also
implementing the new 4-day school week calendar and are preparing for the changes that it will bring.
We will be visiting with our principals and other staff members to see what activities we will be offering
for students and families on our Friday’s off, more information will be coming soon.
With all that said, I am honored to be serving as your school superintendent this year and I look forward
to meeting as many of you as possible. If you see Bernie and I out and about, please come say “Hi.”
Yours in education,
J. Reece Blincoe
- Tel: 970-882-7255
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.
- Tel: 970-882-7288
Lurleen McCormick is the Principal at Dolores Elementary. She grew up in Recovery, Georgia and has enjoyed 15 years of service in educational settings while living in Cherry Creek and Jeffco school districts in Colorado. She studied Agriculture and Animal Science while at Florida A & M University and at the University of Georgia, and then she taught sustainable animal production while in the Peace Corps serving Ecuadorians in South America. She then received her Masters 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 our community.
- Tel: 970-882-4688
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.
- Tel: 970-882-7277
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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.
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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.
- Tel: 970-882-7255
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.
- Tel: 970-882-7288
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!
- Tel: 970-882-7288
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.
- Tel: 970-882-7255
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.
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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.”
- Tel: 970-882-2649