Marissa joined Cottonwood in February of 2018 and is the lead roots facilitator. She brings with her seven years of early childhood experience, first as an assistant facilitator in a certified Montessori program and continued on to run her own small preschool here in Helena. She is honored to be supporting and positively impacting children and their family’s through the foundation phase that is early childhood.
Derek joined Cottonwood in the fall of 2018 to provide part time offerings, and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere and philosophy of agile learning. Helena born and raised, he graduated from UM Missoula with degrees in History and Rhetoric. When not spending time with family he coaches speech and debate at Capital, with nine seasons under his belt at three different high schools. Though employed over the last decade in education, Derek constantly strives to refocus his experiences into writing: mostly novels and murder mystery “dinner” experiences to date. Since becoming a full time facilitator in January of 2019, Derek has increased and plans on continuing to increase History, Writing, and Critical Thinking opportunities for the students at Cottonwood.