Board of Education


Paul Montera

Paul Montera is the husband of former TSD1 Board member Karen Montera, they have three grown children, all graduates of Trinidad High School and Trinidad State Junior College. Paul is a graduate of TSJC and Colorado State University, where he earned both his Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees.

He was a teacher and administrator at Trinidad State Junior College for over 34 years, retiring in 2005.

He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the president of the Trinidad Area School and Public Employees Retirement Association and the President of the Trinidad School District #1 Board of Education.

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Patrick Sandoval

I am married to DaLonna and between the two of us we have 9 children, having five of them attend local schools and graduating from Trinidad High School.

I have lived in Trinidad, Colorado since shortly after my birth in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I attended local schools and graduated from Trinidad High in 1968 and then graduated from TSJC in 1970 and then furthered my education by attending the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. I was then hired as a Trainman on the Colorado and Southern Railroad. I retired in 2001 with 30 years of service.

I ran for the school board to put students first and insure that their education and safety is of utmost importance. The board must be fiscally responsible and use those monies with utmost care in providing what is best for our students and community. The board must listen to the concerns of the students, teachers, administrators and the community in making decisions. The board must respect all employees and appreciate all that they do for the district.

By doing what is best for the district we can hope to regain the cooperation and respect that this community deserves.

John Massarotti

I am a Trinidad Native born and raised here and along with my wife of 22 years are raising our family here as well. We have graduated three of our four children from Trinidad High School with our youngest currently attending Trinidad Middle School. I am proud to say that I graduated from Trinidad High School in 1985.

I am proud board member and am honored to be a part of the tradition that follows Trinidad School District # 1. In Trinidad School District # 1 our children and the safety and learning environment are our first and foremost priority.

Thank you for allowing me to serve you on the Trinidad School District # 1 as a school board member.

Joe Terry

Mr. Terry was born and raised in Sopris, Colorado. He graduated from Lincoln High School, Adams State College and has a Master’s Degree in special Education from Denver University. He has taught elementary school and special education in Colorado Springs and started the first Secondary Education Program at Trinidad High School.

Mr. Terry is a retired Farmers Insurance agent and is the owner of Teri’s Hallmark and Floral Store in historic downtown Trinidad. He is active in many community activities including being a former member of City Council, Down Town Merchants, and member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Joe and his wife Louise have two children, Joe and Regina and two granddaughters Natalia and Marli. His hobbies include constructing and making custom made knives, and gardening.

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Debora Hartman

I am Deb Hartman and I have been a resident of Trinidad the past 26 years and I have two grown children that attended Trinidad Schools.  I am a graduate of Trinidad State Jr. College majoring in Early Childhood Education and have worked for South Central Council of Governments since 1998 creating the children’s programs at the SCCOG Early Learning Center.  The Early Learning Center is “Quality Rated” in the state of Colorado at a “4 star rating”.

I am very active at Holy Trinidad Church, the Department of Human Services-Child Protection Team, Kiwanis, the Trinidad High School Vocational Department Advisory Council, the Huerfano/Las Animas County Early Childhood Council and the Colorado Preschool Program Advisory Council as well as the instructor for the Colorado Department of Education/Colorado Department of Human Services Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care.

I am thrilled to have the honor to serve on the Trinidad School District #1 Board of Education and I look forward to making a difference in our community’s children and families lives.  Together we can supply children with equal opportunities regardless of learning styles and offer community support.  Together let’s make Trinidad a place where people want to come and be excited about educating their children.


For questions or information regarding the Trinidad School District #1 Board of Education or its meetings, please contact:

Diana Montoya
Board Secretary
(719) 845-2048