My name is Erin Lipkind and I am the Missoula County Superintendent of Schools. I am elected by the citizens of Missoula County to oversee the rural school districts in the county. In particular, I work with school districts that do not have a superintendent or a principal, and sometimes I assist districts that have just a principal but no superintendent at the request of the school board or principal.
I enjoy Woodman School so much that I just moved into the school district up Highway 12! My daughter is a fourth grader in Mr. Jason's class.
My name is Neil Murray, and I am the Supervising Teacher at Woodman School. In addition to this role, I also serve as our Special Education/Title I Teacher, and Guidance Counselor. I have been working in schools in the Missoula area for over a decade, and am in my fourth year teaching at Woodman.
My name is Morgan Eliasson and I am the Kindergarten and First Grade teacher at Woodman for the 2020-2021 school year! I graduated from the University of Montana (Go GRIZ!) with a degree in Elementary Education. I grew up in Roundup, Montana and I enjoy being a part of a rural community. Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and I am so excited to begin my career at Woodman School. I enjoy reading, playing the ukulele, adventuring in the outdoors, and hanging out with my two dogs, Ruby and Luca.
Hello! My name is Jason Santa. I am excited to join the Woodman School community. I’ve taught mixed aged classes for most of my teaching career, and I think they are an ideal environment for kids to learn. I believe children have the best chance to thrive when they feel safe, seen, and connected. As a classroom teacher, I like to model what I see in children: enthusiasm for learning and kindness for others.
I grew up in the Flathead Valley. After graduating with a B.A. in History from UM, I got an assistant teaching position at the Montessori school of my youth. I was captivated by it all: the familiar materials, the devoted teachers, the kids at work and play. So I decided to take the Montessori Early Childhood training. After a few years and a turn as a lead teacher, I became intrigued by the elementary curriculum. In 2007 I moved to Salem, OR to complete my M.A.T. at Willamette University; a few years later I completed my lower elementary Montessori training at a private school near Seattle, WA. Since then, I have taught at public Montessori school programs in Olympia and Portland; I have also held long term substitute teaching positions in Missoula and Lolo.
I feel lucky to be part of the Woodman School community and to teach in a beautiful setting with lots of outdoor space.
I enjoy hiking, biking, xc skiing, reading, cooking, and writing small poems. I like to cat sit for my friend’s feline, Molly.
My name is Brandon Iverson and I am the 7th-8th grade teacher up here at Woodman School. I will also be teaching 5th-8th grade in Music and German throughout the school year. This is my ﬁrst year as a teacher but I am really excited to learn and to grow this year.
I grew up in Missoula, Montana with my parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister. As a family we did a lot of outdoor activities including hunting, ﬁshing, camping and hiking. I have also lived overseas in Germany for a time and am looking forward to sharing more of my adventures there with your kids. Besides the outdoors and traveling to Germany, I love to play many sports, such as basketball, baseball, and softball.
I have been teaching since beginning my Education degree at LCSC in 1991; multiple ages and stages. I also spent many years in the fire suppression world of the USFS, educating pre-K-adults. I have a history minor and reading endorsement (K-12). I grew up in rural, north central, Idaho. I have a great love of all things outside and all seasons. My husband Mark is a fire management officer, so I am often a single parent much of the year. We have 2 sons, Jace and Trevor and a big, yellow lab named Tank. We are often found off the grid, outside in the middle of chaos and adventure.