Instructors

Spanish- Mayra Lindberg

¡Hola!  My name is Mayra Dominguez Lindberg. I was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. I have always loved        teaching and can remember gathering my neighborhood friends to do “lessons” with them as a child.
As a sophomore in high school, I visited the United States intending to only stay for a semester. I loved it here so much that I ended up staying for college and beyond.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and Spanish, with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language. I taught ESL, and Spanish 1-2 through Advanced Spanish 9-10 in Reno, Nevada for 8 years.
My family moved to Bozeman in 2015 and I have taught small group Spanish classes to 2-13 year olds since 2016. I enjoy planning high quality, engaging, immersion lessons. My goal is to encourage my students to use the language they know, no matter how limited it may be. My dream is for them to enjoy the diversity of the Latino culture and that they’ll continue interacting with Spanish speakers for the rest of their lives.​
Counselor – Tracy Grabowska

Tracy Grabowska

Hi, My name is Tracy Grabowska (known as Mrs. G) to my students. I am the school counselor here at Cottonwood School. I am excited to be working with your children. I have been working in the Gallatin County School District for the past 6 years and thoroughly enjoying it!

A bit more about me, I grew up in Central Minnesota on a farm. While growing up I attended a small public school with a graduating class of 18 students. Upon completion of high school, I received my undergraduate in Psychology; with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family at Northwestern College in the Twin Cities. From there I went on to pursue my Masters degree in School Counseling at University of RiverFalls, Wisconsin.

It was at Northwestern College where I met my husband Chris. We married and had a  daughter named Bristol. We are enjoying being blessed as parents. My husband got a teaching/coaching job in Manhattan so that is how we ended up in this beautiful state of Montana almost 6 years ago. We love to go on hikes, bike rides and spend time together with family and friends, and our two golden lab-retrievers, Jersey and MacyMae.

I am excited to be a part of your little community of Cottonwood. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Library / Technology –  Nancy Hatfield
ArtSplot – Chelsea Smith

Chelsea Smith

The ArtSplot studio is both an active workshop and a gallery. It offers art instruction as well as free-lance artwork. A wide variety of programs are available ranging from flexible individualized lessons, small group focused programs and on-site painting hikes, to artist-in-residency offerings in the schools. Instruction covers a comprehensive range of artistic endeavor, including drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery, and sculpture. Creative writing, literature, and music are often incorporated. Artwork in the out-of-doors is an overwhelming theme.

A Note from Chelsea:

With the use of a wide variety of media, self expression and creative responses will be emphasized. The teaching style is individualized, friendly, and very supportive of the value as well as the delight in doing artwork. The climate is relaxed and conducive yet instructive and visually aware of the relationship between individuals and their connection to the natural world.

“Our purpose is to enhance artistic awareness and appreciation through increased opportunity for participation in the arts.”

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