Head of SchoolHead 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.
Katie Alvin has lived in Big Sky since 1993 and her primary work since 2003 has been leading local nonprofits. Her passion is in building the capacity of organizations to achieve their vision and have a lasting and positive impact on the community. As Executive Director for Discovery, she is responsible for operations, finance, fundraising, marketing and communications. Katie’s undergraduate work was in environmental studies (University of Kansas) and soil science (Montana State University), and she has a masters in educational studies (Western Governors University). She has had a lifelong interest and involvement with science, nature, the arts, and education, and enjoys spending time engaged in those interests. You can also find her involved with traveling, photography, and outdoor recreation of almost every kind.
Early Childhood Program Director & Lead TeacherLaura 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 ManagerMarie, 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.