Dorothy Buckelew

Profile Updated: August 1, 2019
Residing In: Golden Valley, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: No current relationship.
Children or Grandchildren: 4 children (2 step children from my late husband)8 grandchildren.
Occupation and what did you want to do when you graduated vs. what you did?:

High school math teacher, Charter school founder, Principal of several schools in Mohave County. Now retired.
Owner of a Swap Meet (Bucky's)in Golden Valley & an online bookstore, (Bucky's Bookstore on Amazon)


I have had a lot of tragedy, but also a lot of adventure. My blessings are numerous, and I tend to celebrate every day. During the last 40 years, I have been a teacher, principal, and charter school founder. My husband died of cancer, so I have had to be mom & dad. I love to ride my Harley and go scuba diving.
That was a few years ago. Sold my Harley & scuba diving has been put on hold. Retired since 2014. I own an online bookstore & embrace my solitude in my little part of the desert. I was volunteering at schools, but became too frustrated with the insane dysfunction.
I keep fit, take no meds, shoot from the hip, and cuss like a sailor. I am very conservative because I actually understand economics.

School Story:

I was very shy and insecure in 8-11th grades. When I made the pom squad, it gave me more confidence. Had a wonderful math teacher named Dorothy McCutcheon, who inspired me to become a teacher.

There were a few good teachers, and some that would never survive in today's classrooms.

Where have you lived/traveled?

After college I lived in Flagstaff, then moved to teach in Casper, Wyo. It was very cold in Wyo, so I moved to Kingman, AZ to teach at the high school. Since then, I have taught or been an administrator at 5 different schools.
I have traveled to Australia, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and England.

How many times have you been married?

I was married twice. First one divorced. Second one widowed. Was in a relationship until a few years ago.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your life since graduation?

The most rewarding thing in my life was having and raising my babies. My teaching career has also put a spring in my step. Being a Principal was great, but I truly loved being in the classroom with my kids.

During your high school years, what was your favorite song, musical group, movie, fad, teacher, memory of Tucson, hangout/place to eat?

I loved the Beatles and all their music. Cruising broadway was a whole lot of fun. So sad that I was dating a total jerk at the time.😀

What was your most embarrasing moment of high school?

I had a ton of them! Was bullied just like everyone by the mean girls clique.

What did you like or dislike the most about CDO?

The social cliques. Of course, we were all kids.

If you could change anything about your high school experience, what would you change?

I would probably want more teachers to reach out and connect more with their students. There was one that enjoyed humiliating kids. You all know who.

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The last I talked to Bing was at the 40th reunion. Definitely a sweet spirit. At the time, he seemed lonely & isolated. We all need to find that purpose that makes us keep dancing in the desert.

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