Nancy is a recently retired educator (elementary classroom teacher, Reading Specialist & Language Arts Coordinator, and Curriculum Director) who taught in California, Arizona, and 10 different countries around the world.
As curriculum director in international schools she has designed, implemented, and provided professional development for programs and curricula that cover the American style of Standards and Benchmarks including: the Common Core Standards, the PYP, MYP, and IB programs from Europe, and the Chinese and Vietnamese educational requirements for graduation. She also designed distance learning programs and courses for an international network of universities and the Marshall School of Business at USC.
She obtained her BA from San Diego State University, her MA from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She holds California and Colorado Teaching licenses.
Nancy and her husband Bill, also a retired educator, have a grown daughter born in Italy and now living in California and son born in Iran and now living in Turkey, and an incredible grandson who chose to give up the Pacific Ocean for the San Juan Mountains and now attends BPHS.
Stephanie Moran, representative of District B, was appointed to the Board on February 28, 2012. She was elected to the Board in November 2013 and again in November 2015.
Ms. Moran has been an adult educator and GED Program Manager at the Durango Adult Education Center for fifteen years and was an adjunct instructor for Southwest Colorado Community College from 2001--2013. She served as Secretary of the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA) for six years and earned the Teacher of the Year award by CAEPA and the Colorado Department of Education in 2004.
She is married to Dr. Andrew Gulliford, who teaches in the History Department and Environmental Studies program at Ft. Lewis College. Their two children are graduates of Escalante Middle School and Durango High School.
With an M.A. in English from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and undergraduate degrees in English and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Ms. Moran has taught at six colleges and universities, ten years at Middle Tennessee State University. She designed curriculum for a bridge program that transitions GED and high school graduates into college successfully, an adult career pathways course, a course in study skills, and college courses in theme-based instruction.
She loves Colorado, hiking the red rocks with her husband and their dogs Finn and Josie, sharing books, poetry, and ideas with students and friends, and doing her small part to keep Durango and the Four Corners a great place to live.
Kim Martin currently serves as an Executive Team Member for the League of Women Voters La Plata County, as well as on the Board of Directors for the American Women’s Network, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Previously, Kim spent the majority of her career, 25 years, in education, from teaching English Language Learners to college students to teachers.
She also worked as a legal assistant for 12 years and has been involved in the community at many levels, from serving on boards, to volunteering, to serving on committees.
Kim holds her M.A. in Asia n Pacific Studies, a B.A. double major in Psychology and Education and a double minor in Spanish and Social Studies. She also held teaching credentials in both California and New Mexico.
She is the proud mother of three children, all of which work in public schools, and of five, school-aged grandchildren, three of whom attend 9-R schools.
Matt Sheldon was elected to the Board in November, 2015 to serve a four-year term as the District D representative. Prior to running for the School Board, Matt has served on three local campaigns, including Colorado State Senator Bruce Whitehead's campaign, and serving as Campaign Manager for State Representative Mike McLachlan's 2012 and 2014 campaigns.
Matt received his degree in Economics from Colorado College, and serves as the Campus Visit Coordinator for Fort Lewis College. Through his work there, Fort Lewis College has seen a 4% increase in first-year enrolled freshmen. Matt is a dedicated volunteer with the Adaptive Sports Association and serves on the board of the Durango Running Club. He credits his love of public service to his parents. His mother was a lifelong educator first in high education and then as an English as a Second Language teacher, his father was heavily involved in youth sports. Matt can be found running the incredible trails around town, hacking his way around the Hillcrest Golf Course, or teaching skiing and snowboarding lessons with Adaptive Sports.
Andy Burns is currently the President of the Durango School District 9-R Board of Education. Professionally, he is the Director of Admission and Advising at Fort Lewis College, where he was worked since 2006. Prior to working at Fort Lewis College, he served as the Director of Admission at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS and as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at the University of Denver’s Korbel School. He started out his career in education as a middle school and high school teacher.
Andy presently serves as President of the Colorado Council on High School and College Relations, and he is a board member for the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and a member of Southwest Colorado Community College’s advisory board. He has served on a variety of statewide and national committees: Most recently, Andy served on the Colorado Department of Education’s Assessment Revision Committee and presently serves on the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Admission Policy Task Force and the Colorado Department of Education’s School Counselor Corps Advisory Board.
Andy holds a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
Andy and his family have lived in Durango since 2006. His wife, Emily, is a primary care physician and their two children Madeleine (13) and Alex (9) attend district schools.