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Our Superintendent and Board are committed to promoting academic excellence, building a strong team, inspiring community support and providing fiscal transparency and accountability.

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Learn more about Superintendent and the District leadership.


Dr. Risha VanderWey


VanderWey, who has a doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona Universi...

Lis Richard

Assistant Superintendent

Lis Richard is a passionate educator with a love for leading schools to excellence. With over 34 years in education, she has been in educational leadership for 18 years serving as administrator/principal and the last four years in the superintendency.

Kyle Archibeque

Executive Director of Finance

I joined the district on January 4th, 2021. I came here because Cortez is my home town and I want to serve my home community.

Cyndi Eldredge

Executive Director of Human Resources

I joined the District in June 2021 after commuting to Telluride, Colorado for the last two years.  It is important to me to spend as much time as possible with my family.  I am honored to have been given the opportunity to work for Montezuma Cortez School District and to be able to live and work in Montezuma County.

Jim Parr

Executive Director of Academic Student Services

I originally started with RE-1 in 2001 as a 7th grade teacher at MCMS. In addition to t...

School District Re-1

400 North Elm Street
PO Box R 
Cortez, CO 81321-0708
(970) 565-7522 

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