Cottonwood Day School’s quality and success is at the heart of its excellent teachers, specialists and dedicated administrative and support staff in the classroom. These professionals bring expertise, experience and, above all, a thorough understanding of the challenges facing our students and their families.
High School Teacher
Speech Language Pathologist
Anna joyfully spends her time hiking, beekeeping, camping, yoga-ing, fishing, skiing, cooking, dancing, and exploring with her husband, two boys, and quirky Golden Retri
In their downtime, Alycia, her husband, and their canines enjoy the mountains, the trails, whatever local fundraiser run is taking place that weekend, a home cooked meal, and time with family.
Ciara is excited to join the CDS family as an Instructional Aide. She is passionate about the growth and development of the next generation, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to do that here! Ciara received her Bachelor’s degree at Montana State University in Applied Psychology and plans to obtain her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Ciara has a special place in her heart for kiddos with learning challenges. Prior to her work at CDS, Ciara worked as a nanny for two years with various families of children with unique needs. During this time, Ciara became interested in working in a more intimate space with children who have learning challenges. Cottonwood was the perfect match!
Ciara has a wonderful husband and energetic dog to keep her busy at home. You can often find her at live music gigs as her husband is a Bozeman musician! Other than this, they spend time in the wonderful outdoors of the beautiful place they call home.
Allison is so happy to be a part of the team at Cottonwood Day School! After moving to Bozeman with her husband in 2018, they quickly decided Montana was their forever home. Allison graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction through Montana State University. Allison has a passion for teaching and learning, and believes in her core that every student deserves an equal opportunity to learn in the way that is most accessible to them. She strives to form meaningful relationships with all her students and their families, and works hard to ensure that students’ needs are met. In her free time, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband Daniel, and their German Shepherd puppy, Vex. They love exploring the state of Montana, playing outside, or snuggling up for a movie night.
Olivia cherishes her role as an Instructional Aide at Cottonwood Day School. Born and raised in Montana, her deep love for learning and encouraging others to embrace the fullness of life drives her each day. Olivia is passionate about understanding children’s unique learning styles and aiding them in developing confidence in their abilities. She promotes a mindset where challenges are viewed as stepping stones to future success. Olivia is thrilled to share the joy of learning with each child at CDS, aiding them as they discover the keys to unlocking the potential of their beautiful minds.
Before joining CDS, Olivia worked at Murdoch’s, where she was instrumental in writing and refining the corporation’s processes and procedures and training employees in various positions at the new Belgrade location. She is a certified English instructor, teaching English as a foreign language to students in Guatemala—a pursuit she continues to enjoy in her spare time. Additionally, her certifications as a Craniosacral Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Certified Birth Doula lend a holistic touch to her nurturing approach at CDS.
When she is not working or studying, Olivia spends time with her family and friends, hiking and exploring the mountains, arranging flowers, cooking, painting, reading, or playing instruments.
I’m Joi and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the CDS family! I am home!
Joi has been in Bozeman for six years now. Her and her husband are raising their beautiful son, Leif, along with their Pomsky– Kayuh, here in Bozeman and couldn’t think of a better place to do so. She loves hiking, wildflowers, skiing, gardening, good food, being with her family, and simply; enjoying and living her life to the fullest! Joi graduated from Western Governors University with a BA in Elementary Education. She previously worked in Special Education in the Bozeman School District before coming to CDS. Her devotion to teaching stems from a lifelong passion for kids and what makes them thrive! Every child is unique and working to figure out what makes them tick is what she gets up every morning for!