Instructors

Spanish- Cyndie Deumeier

Hola! My name is Cyndie McKay-Deurmeier and I’m beginning my second year at Cottonwood! I am originially from Alabama and I’m a graduate of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) with a Major in History, and a minor in Spanish Language. I previously taught middle school in Washington, D.C.; Gallatin Gateway, Montana; and St. Mary’s Catholic School, Montana. I also previously won the 2012 Bell Award: Montana History Teacher of the year.  This was a great honor given by the Governor!  Although I’ve left teaching full time to run my store in the local mall, I am excited to be able to teach Spanish at Cottonwood again. I love the language and I enjoy teaching in a small classroom setting!
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 5 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 5 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 -

Priscilla Dolan

I am pleased to be back at Cottonwood School having previously worked there for two years.  I had a 23 year librarian career In the Bozeman School District at the middle school level, but later began working part time in the country schools including Malmborg, Springhill and LaMotte.    Reading is one of my greatest pleasures so I enjoy promoting reading in school and now at the public library.   I am a board member of the Friends of Bozeman Public Library, the organization that raises funds for the library.   Like so many others I enjoy living in Bozeman and many outdoor activities in the Gallatin valley including hiking, biking and skiing.
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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