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Phone: 505-334-9414-X1340


Dale Kraemer Locker
Tiger Shack Crew
Tiger Shack Crew

Dale Kraemer- Career Readiness Team

I have been in education for 34 years. I was a bus driver, custodian, school district painter and substitute for Durango schools from 1980-1988.  I graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1986 and was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior award by the Biology Dept. I was adjunct faculty at Fort Lewis College and taught summer classes in the Biology Dept from 1983-86. In 1990, I became a full-time faculty member of Durango Schools at Miller Middle School where I taught Math and Sciences, coached several sports (winning more than half a dozen district championships in Boys & Girls Track and Field), built and ran a greenhouse/community garden project with my students (all produce went to the homeless shelter & soup kitchen) and successfully wrote grants to fund school projects. I was nominated as building Teacher of the Year seven times by the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence (DFEE). In 2004 I moved to Aztec Schools with the Career Readiness Dept teaching students with Tier III disabilities. My teaching team and I have been awarded numerous grants and awards and built a student store/sheltered workshop (The Tiger Shack) for our kids which is completely solar powered. I have written and received grants to fund a class I teach called: “Carpentry to Culinary Arts”. I have received the Teacher's Making a Difference Award, The Sun Award and an Educational Excellence Award (with stipend from BP) while at Aztec High School. My teaching team and I are very proud of our program, our kids and all their successes. We look forward to meeting you!  

Field Trip Schedule 2014-2015
Chef Kraemer
Chef Kraemer
Math for Careers

This class will address lifeskills mathematics to ensure successful use of math in the workplace.

Career Science

This class will prepare students for success in the workplace using the sciences.

Communications and Career Development

This class helps students with exceptionalities identify career interests and aptitudes. Students also learn retail sales skills in the Student Store ("The Tiger Shack"), learn basic culinary skills, custodial and janitorial skills, basic carpentry and building trades skills at the appropriate skill level for their exceptionality.


Students are assessed at their level through a variety of authentic assessments including portfolios, journals, quizzes and tests, and completed assignments, classwork and projects as well as participation.