Photo: Rural Boettcher Teachers 7 | Patrick Armijo – JBrundin

Patrick Armijo, who was laid off from his job at the Durango Herald, participates in a lesson taught by the early grade Boettcher residents. “I’m not sure how well I’m going to relate to the kids if I’m going to be this really antique standing in front of the class,” he says. “When I was high school we didn’t have smart phones, we didn’t have laptops or tablets, it was a pen a pencil and a pad and a big fat textbook that weighed 50 pounds.”