Bob Montoya, Alchemy Senior Educator

8 Things to Know About Bob Montoya, Alchemy Senior Educator

What drew you to Alchemy?
The opportunity to (1) be part of the foundation of a new and exciting effort to leverage the Workday Student product and (2) do what I love, which is helping people maximize their Workday experience as an educator.

How would you describe your job to a child?
I would say I am very much like their teacher at school but instead of teaching kids, I work with people like their parents and help them to do more things at their jobs.

What does Alchemy do differently than other places you’ve worked?
Collaborate effectively. (Not to speak ill of places I’ve worked in the past, but I think Alchemy may do this more or better.) Alchemy is about getting the best result in the best fashion possible. I see people operating as teams that are not interested in personal glory above overall success!

Describe where you live and why you’re there.
I live in a suburb just north of Denver (about halfway between Denver and Boulder) called Westminster, where I grew up. I am a true Colorado boy who likes to spend time enjoying the playground we call the Rocky Mountains. This could mean skiing, camping, biking, kayaking, golfing, or enjoying a nice microbrew after one of the aforementioned activities.

In addition to my hometown, I am extremely lucky to own the same house I lived in while attending high school here in Westminster. Our kids know it as “Grandma’s House”, and while it is a simple old 1950s brick suburban ranch, it has truly been a special experience to live among so many memories in a piece of my family’s history.

What’s on your current playlist?
Not sure about a playlist but recent Pandora or Google music stations vary from “Today’s Happy Pop” to Patsy Cline, Lionel Richie, Paolo Nutini, and of course Andy Gibb and the Bee Gees. When it comes to music, I really am all over the place.

Describe yourself when you were 15.
Just a normal kid starting high school. I wrestled, ran cross country, and probably had a little too much fun. Some said I was an “old soul”, which makes sense as I had a lot of responsibilities at a young age. I probably took those a little too seriously sometimes.

Who is the most interesting person in your family tree?
My kids! Keep in mind when I say kids, I am speaking of my two sons, ages 26 and 31. Two reasons they are so important:

  1. First and foremost, someday (with any luck) they will produce grandchildren, and I only hope I can be as positive a role model as my own grandfather was for me. (I snuck in another important person there.)
  2. Secondly, they have to take care of me someday! No seriously, they are our future, and I am so excited to be an active part of their lives and success as adults.

What is something you are obsessed with?
I am not sure I am obsessed, but we recently purchased an RV, and I spend a lot of time looking for spots (especially sites next to lakes or mountain biking trails) within a few hours of Denver where we can get away for weekends and do all those activities we like to do. As a matter of fact, I’m writing this from our RV in frigid Cripple Creek, Colorado (currently 1 degree Fahrenheit), where we were stranded by a surprise snow storm on our way back to Denver from a weekend at some hot springs in the high country!



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