Teacher Education Department

Field Experience Placement Information

Students wishing to complete field study in the Durango 9-R School District must either seek instructor permission or register on Moodle to be placed by the Coordinator of Field Studies.  Those seeking placement in the Ignacio and Bayfield school districts can contact the following individuals directly after speaking with the Coordinator of Field Studies. Other school districts and public agencies listed below can be contacted directly.

Public School Placements for Field Study:

Durango School District #9R:  Visit www.durango.k12.co.us for listing of schools

Bayfield Schools #10 JT

School Contact Phone
Bayfield Elementary School Diane Gardner, Principal   970-884-9571
Bayfield Middle School Mike Lister, Principal 970-884-9592
Bayfield High School Mike Gearheart, Principal 970-884-9521

Ignacio Schools #11 JT  

School Contact Phone
Ignacio Elementary School Karl Herr, Principal 970-563-0675
Ignacio Intermediate School Kathy Pokorney, Principal 970-563-0650
Ignacio Junior High Chris DeKay, Principal 970-563-0600
Ignacio High School Beverly Lyons , Principal 970-563-0515

Please check your phone directory to contact other schools in the Four Corners area.

New Interest Schools/Agencies:

Organization Contact Phone
Reading Project
Volunteers of America Shelter
Joslyn/Emilie 970-259-1255
Durango Montessori Mary Polino 970-769-3590
Tambo Center 970-769-4790
Bayfield Reach Program 970-884-3970
Durango Educational Alliance for
Multicultural Achievement (Del Alma)

Other Field Study Activities Outside of Schools:

Organization Contact Phone Notes
Durango Recreation Center John Robinette
Youth Coordinator
970-375-7323 Need coaches and refs for all youth teams.  Now accepting coaches for boys and  girls soccer and flag football.  (Some week days and some Saturdays. Coordinates the Kids Day programs for the schools when they are out for in-services and needs volunteers for those days. 
Durango Recreation Center Emily 970-375-7306 Child care room volunteers 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Durango Children’s Museum Martha 970-259-9234 Needs volunteers Wednesday through Sunday to help with various aspects of the Museum.
Durango Nature Studies Jennifer
volunteer coordinator
ext. 3
Training students for fall activities.
La Plata Humane Society Tanya Slubowski 970-259-2847
ext 14
Students are needed to teach pet safety and care to the children at Kid Time Programs throughout Durango and to give tours to groups of students at the Shelter.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Justin Tafoya
volunteer coordinator
970-247-3720 Need students to help and work in the study connection program in all of the Durango schools (elementary through secondary)
Girl Scouts Danette Jenkins 970-247-4850
Local 4-H
La Plata County Extension Office
Bob Salazar 970-247-4355
ext 233
Destination Imagination
& Knowledge Bowl
San Juan Board of Cooperative
Services (BOCS)
Nancy Bills 970-247-3261
ext 211
Coach students, judge, and set up local competitive events


Call the listed number and request information about tutoring opportunities

Subject Contact Phone
Paid Math Tutors Donna Stewart  970-259-8785
Reading Buddies  Park Elementary 970-247-3718
Tutoring Riverview 970-247-3862
Spanish speaking tutors Katy Pytte, counselor 970-247-3204
Power Hour Miller Middle  970-247-1418
Durango Housing Corporation 970-247-2788
ext 7
Eagle Hour Escalante 970-247-9490

Other School Related Opportunities:

Organization Contact Phone Notes
Kid Kamp
District 9R
ext 1102
Students must be fingerprinted to work or be in the schools.
Even Start Kelly Sibbler 970-385-1980 Wants to hire students to care for toddlers and preschoolers while parents are in class.  Wednesdays and Fridays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. $10 per hour at the Durango Early Learning Center
Head Start Charlotte Pirnat 970-259-2094 or
Southern Ute Academy Carol Olgin 970-563-0253
Montessori School Readers are needed for preschool through 5th grade
Colorado Timberline
Dan Coey 970-247-5898 Alternative boarding school north of Durango 
Columbine Christian School
Seventh Day Adventist
May Ollis
Paul Ruling
970-259-1189, ext 4
970-259-1189, ext 6
St. Columba Catholic
Mr. Kevin Chick, Principal 970-247-9110
Pine River Alternative
High School
Susan Visser 970-563-0681
Southwest Open School  970-565-1150
Big Picture High School  970-259-0203 
Early Childhood
Education Centers 
Montessori Curriculum-Based
Durango Montessori   970-769-3590
Bayfield Early
Education Programs  
Southern Ute Academy   970-563-0253
Ignacio Head Start   970-564-4566
Children’s House
of Durango 

Other Preschools:

Organization Phone
Campbell Center, FLC    970-247-7679
Durango Early Learning Center  970-259-1483
St. Columba Preschool    970-247-9110
New Horizons 970-247-8759
United Methodist Christian School   970-247-8680
Riverhouse Children’s Center 970-247-0204
St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool    970-247-1368