Staff

Dr. Lipkind: Missoula County Superintendent of Schools

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 also teach library and manage the library collections at Woodman and Sunset Schools.

I enjoy Woodman School so much that I just moved into the school district up Highway 12! My daughter is a fifth grader in Mrs. Wilson's Class

Email: elipkind@woodmanschool.org

Mr. Murray: Supervising Teacher

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.

Email: nmurray@woodmanschool.org

Miss Eliasson: Grades 7-8

My name is Morgan Eliasson and I am the 7th and 8th teacher at Woodman for the 2021-2022 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 second year at Woodman School teaching junior high. I enjoy reading, playing the ukulele, adventuring in the outdoors, and hanging out with my two dogs, Ruby and Luca.

Email: meliasson@woodmanschool.org

Mr. Jason: Grades 2-3

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.

Email: jsanta@woodmanschool.org

Mariah Millhouse: Kindergarten and Title I

My name is Mariah Millhouse and I am the kindergarten teacher at Woodman School. This is my first year teaching and I am so excited to get to know you and your children.


I was born and raised here in Montana and have spent most of my life in Missoula. I attended Montana State University for three years before transferring to the University of Montana to complete my degree in Early Childhood Education. While attending the university, I was employed at the Learning and Belonging Preschool as a preschool aide and at Woodman School as a substitute teacher. I have worked with students in preschool through third grade, but especially love working with kindergarteners and helping foster their love for learning.


I enjoy spending time in the outdoors - camping, paddle boarding, floating the river, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, etc. My fiancé and I take our two mini Australian Shepherds, Rosco and Dobby, everywhere that we can. We also enjoy playing board games, traveling, and going to amusement parks.

mmillhouse@woodmanschool.org

Kyndal Norton: Grade 1

Hello Parents and Guardians!

My name is Kyndal Norton and I am the first grade teacher at Woodman Elementary. I am entering my fifth year of teaching and I am very excited to be a part of the wildcat community! Since many of you do not know me, I thought I would share some information about myself!


I grew up in Southern California for most of my life, until I decided to attend the University of Montana. I moved to Montana in 2013 and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education in the year of 2017. While attending the university, I was a teacher assistant for Spirit at Play Preschool for two years. While obtaining my degree, I was able to experience multiple grade levels primarily focusing on grade levels K-2. After graduating, I have been alternating between kindergarten and first grade.

During my time in college, I had the unique opportunity to learn about the international baccalaureate program(IB) throughout my student teaching experience. IB focuses on the whole student while promoting inquiry-based learning, critical thinking skills, and more. During my time there, I learned how to effectively teach instruction while focusing on the whole student. Focusing on the whole student, you not only focus on the students' academic needs but you also focus on their social emotional needs, problem solving skills, collaboration skills, and who they are as a student and as an individual. In my class your kiddos will learn integrity, collaboration, respect, confidence, diversity, empathy, responsibility, and community. They will have the opportunity to become inquirers and problem solvers. Most of all, they will love to learn!

If you would like to know more about me and my first grade classroom, please type this link into your web browser to see the classroom's website.

Mrs. Norton's Blog Link: www.mrsknorton.weebly.com

email: knorton@woodmanschool.org

Mrs. Wilson: Grades 4, 5, 6

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.

jwilson@woodmanschool.org

Mrs. CRUZ: School Secretary and Paraprofessional

Mrs. Malnar: After School Coordinator

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Jessica Bird: School Clerk