Executive Director/ Head of School

Executive Director and Head of School Nettie Breuner joined Big Sky Discovery Academy in 2016. She is a career educator who has been a teacher in settings ranging from outdoor education, to one-room schools to public middle schools. Nettie received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, holds a Master’s in Middle School Education from Lesley University, and gained Montana K-12 Principal Certification from Montana State University. Her primary educational focus has been to create individualized learning for all students to maximize their engagement in and enthusiasm for their own progress. Nettie has lived in Big Sky full time since 2001. She enjoys cooking, reading, trail running, skiing and feels most at home when in the out of doors.


Community Learning Center Coordinator

Nancy joined the Big Sky Discovery Academy team in 2016 as the Coordinator of the newly established Community Learning Center. Previously, Nancy taught math and science to middle and high school students for five years in Big Sky, MT. Nancy has a Master’s in Education from Montana State University.


Early Childhood Program Director & Lead Teacher

Laura has had the opportunity to work with Early Childhood students for over 10 years. Prior to joining BSDA, she experienced teaching opportunities in a variety of experiential and outdoor education settings across Montana, Minnesota, and Oregon. She received her B. S. in Recreation Management & Nature Based Programming from the University of Montana and obtained her Montessori Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from the Montana Montessori Teacher Education Institute. Over the years, she has participated in a variety of leadership and teaching courses with the National Outdoor Leadership School, Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures, and the Portland Outdoor Science School. She is a member of the American Montessori Society and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Office Manager

Marie, her husband Mark have lived in Big Sky since 2002. They have three grown children, Kelly, Chris & Simeon, who homeschooled from 1996 through 2002 and are now living in various places. Marie has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and experience in business and office management. She worked for the Big Sky School District as District Clerk for 9 years before joining Big Sky Discovery Academy. She has always loved education and being in a school day to day just seemed natural. Marie has served on many volunteer boards in the Big Sky Community, including the Early Childhood Enrichment Fund, Arts Council of Big Sky, Big Sky PTO, and currently the Big Sky Chapel Board.


Development Director

Sarah is a principle at Conservation Benchmarks, a consulting group that provides services related to organizational development and effectiveness, philanthropic guidance, communications, and planning tools to improve natural resources management. Prior to being a consultant, Sarah worked for organizations such as Jack Creek Preserve Foundation, Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy of Montana, American Prairie Reserve, Ecotrust and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Sarah has broad experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and grantmaking, and thinking strategically about how nonprofits can improve their productivity, technical capacity, and positioning. She has also published two books on wild game cooking. Sarah graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Fine Arts in 1986. She lives in Bozeman, Montana with her husband, Whitney, and when not working hopes to be found hiking, fishing, bird hunting, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors.

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