Phoenix Pride

Boltz Administrators

Josh Richey 

Principal of Boltz Middle School 970-472-3711

Josh RicheyThis is my third year as Principal of Boltz and my sixth year here in the building.  I couldn’t be more excited to work with the Boltz community daily, and I am grateful and appreciative to the families and staff who call Boltz their home school.

I am originally from Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and graduated from Metro State University in Denver with an undergrad in English Literature and teaching.  I have earned a Masters Degree in Special Education, with a Generalist License and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal License and a Special Education Directors License endorsement.  I started my education career teaching 4-5 year old students how to ski directly out of high school.  I finished school in Denver and moved to Fort Collins in 2004 working as an English Teacher and Special Education Teacher in a Residential Treatment Center.  I transitioned to Fort Collins High School in 2009 and continued there as a Special Education (Integrated Services) teacher until 2013.  I then moved on to become a Dean of Students at FCHS until moving to Boltz in the fall of 2018.

In my free time my family and I ski / snowboard, hike and camp.  My wife and I have one daughter who is in elementary school, two dogs and nine chickens.

Thank you again for choosing Boltz.


Gabriel Vigil 

Assistant Principal/ Athletic Director 970-472-3704

Mr. VigilI am a proud Phoenix for going on 22 years. I was a Social Studies teacher, coach (football, tennis, golf, wrestling) and spent 7 years as Dean of Students. I am now assistant principal and athletic director. It has been a journey full of amazing experiences and memories. I wouldn’t want to be with any other group then middle school right now. They are amazing.

I grew up in Green River, Wyoming but have called Colorado my home for the past 20 years. I went to school at Mesa State College now called Colorado Mesa University. After teaching world geography for 10 years, I got my masters degree from CSU in Educational Leadership. Although I am an administrator my passion is helping others find their path. No matter if it is students, staff or parents. I am always here to help.

During my free time I love to spend time with my family, traveling, going to sporting events and I miss my lake from back home.

Stacey Souders 

Dean of Students 970-472-3770

Stacey SoudersI am so grateful to have worked in many aspects and levels of education for 25 years!  I always thought I was doing what I was supposed to be with the level I was with until I found Boltz and middle school students… I KNOW!

I am originally from a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Ironwood) and received my bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University in Psychology and Social Work. I then went on to University of Wisconsin-Superior to earn my Master’s and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in School Psychology. I began my career as a School Psychologist in the central valley of California.  While working I went on to San Jose State to get a second Master’s in Educational Administration which led to the opportunity to work as the Special Education Director in California as well.

While in PSD I have worked as a School Psychologist, Counselor, Social Worker, Gifted Site Coordinator, Gifted Identification Specialist and now as the Dean of Students at Boltz.

In my free time, I enjoy being with my family and watching my kids do what they love. I feel grateful to finally find my place as a Phoenix and couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the Boltz family!

Nicole Jones 

Dean of Students

Nicole JonesThis is my second year as 7th grade Dean of Students at Boltz. I am so honored and excited to work with our phenomenal 6th-grade team, as well as the entire Boltz community. Boltz is such an amazing place to be!

I am a Colorado Native, I graduated from Salida High School and then went on to study Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. I started teaching and coaching volleyball in 2000 at John Mall High School in Walsenburg, Colorado. In 2003, I became a mother and took some time off from teaching; however, I continued to work with adolescents at a residential treatment facility in Fort Collins during my teaching hiatus. In 2008, I earned my master’s degree in elementary education and went back to the classroom in 2010. Since then, I’ve taught GT, 4th,5th grade, and alternative high school students (14 years of teaching experience.) In 2018 I earned my master’s degree in education/school leadership.  

In my free time, I love to spend time with my two children and husband, cook, read, participate in yoga, and do anything volleyball.  


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