Phone: (719) 495 1149 Ext. 4147


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics - University of California, San Diego Master of Arts, Education - University of California, Davis

Mr. Dobyns



My name is Jim Dobyns, but I go by my middle name, "Talsen." This will be my 11th year working as a credentialed teacher and my 2nd year with Horizon Middle School. I relocated here with my wife and three-year-old son from Northern California, near Santa Cruz where I grew up. 


In my time outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors and competing in Ultra Marathons as well as Obstacle Course Racing. I recently completed the Pike's Peak 50 mile Ultra and look forward to taking on my first 100-mile race this year! I lived in Mexico for several years and am bilingual in Spanish. 


I look forward to exploring new themes and concepts this year in Language Arts 7 with our students here at Horizon, as well as providing support while we continue to learn, grow, and overcome the challenges presented to us!