MONICA DUKE

Early Childhood co-Lead Teacher & Extended Day Coordinator

Monica moved to Montana in October 2015 from Portland, Oregon. She has a BS in Child and Family Studies from the University of Wyoming and an MS in School Counseling from Florida State University. She spent the last 5 years working at West Hills Montessori in Portland, Oregon where she supervised the after care program, and also worked as an all school and administrative support person. Her past work experiences include working as a middle school guidance counselor, designing interiors and finishes for a number of commercial and residential projects, and owning her own business in the charming historic neighborhood of Sellwood in Portland. Her favorite job thus far has been raising her 2 children Emily, 21, and Michael, 18. She shares many interests with them such as a love of traveling, snorkeling, boating, reading, hiking. She is experiencing her first year as an empty-nester. Monica looks forward to spending time cross country skiing and exploring Big Sky and all that it has to offer. She is excited about working with the students at Big Sky Discovery Academy and getting to know the families and the community.

Beth Marlington

High School Social Studies and Spanish Teacher

Beth grew up exploring the beautiful Twin Cities of Minnesota and attended Bates College, where she played four years of varsity volleyball, studied abroad in Peru, raft guided in the summer, and worked as a fellow with the Chaplain’s Office. After graduating with honors in Philosophy and Spanish Literature, she made Big Sky her homebase and pursued outdoor opportunities such as trail running, camping, and all types of ski adventures. Beth led overseas academic treks for teens with Broadreach and CIEE, and also served as Academic Program Director for semester-long international trips with the Traveling School, in which she had the opportunity to travel in developing countries while teaching rigorous academic courses and facilitating cultural engagement for high school groups. She has traveled to more than 20 countries and hopes to add more to her list! After working in the Big Sky School District for two years as the high school Spanish teacher, Beth transitioned to faculty at Discovery Academy. She is excited about learning alongside curious youth as they take on opportunities to expand their academic horizons and broaden their world knowledge.

Kayte Cole

High School Social English and Middle School Language Arts Teacher

Kayte is pronounced Katie – Cole. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN in 2016, she hit the road and moved west for a new adventure. She taught first grade just south of Salt Lake City, UT until moving north to Bozeman – always on the hunt to try new things! You may recognize her from Ophir Middle School! There, she spent the past two years teaching middle school English and science. She is incredibly excited to transition to Discovery Academy this year and meet all of you! She is especially looking forward to having book discussions in English class! Outside of school, she enjoys running, playing ice hockey with her friends, pretending to know what she is doing while fly fishing, downhill skiing (of course), and reading good books while enjoying a vanilla chai latte!

Noah Fisher

Science & Outdoor Education Teacher

Originally hailing from Ann Arbor, MI, Noah has spent the last 2 years living and exploring and working as an outdoor experiential educator in the mountains of Colorado. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a BA in Anthropology and a focus in Environmental Studies. After experiencing the benefits and growth associated with experiential education in high school and college, Noah has continued to seek out opportunities to facilitate similar growth in others. In his free time, Noah is a landscape photographer and loves to pair that with climbing, hiking, trail running, and skiing.

Katie Hagen

Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

Katie has been a lead teacher in private and public Montessori schools for almost a decade. She graduated from Purdue University in 2011 with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist certification, and a minor in Global Studies. She completed her Montessori training and received her Early Childhood Teaching Certification from The Center of Guided Montessori Studies in 2013. She is a member of the American Montessori Society and a proud advocate of the philosophy and method. She believes that mindfulness, respect, and empathy are key to creating a peaceful classroom, community, and world. 

Katie began her teaching career at a public Montessori school in Indianapolis, IN. For seven years she taught Pre-k/Kindergarten while advocating for students and structuring instruction to support every child. She collaborated with peers to create “bridges” from the early childhood environment to the lower elementary community and began making her own materials when she struggled to find work that met her students’ needs.

In 2018 Katie moved to Chicago and became the lead primary teacher at a private Early Childhood center. With the support of her director, she created and implemented an integrated curriculum with meaningful, quality content and engaging learning experiences for all students. Together they turned a day care into a school. 

It is an incredible opportunity for Katie to leave the city and join the Big Sky community. She loves new challenges and looks forward to the adventures that lie ahead. She is most excited to create relationships with students and their families at Discovery Academy. 

When she’s not teaching, Katie enjoys listening to podcasts, playing cards, star gazing, and playing with her German Shepherd, Maggie. 

Allie Campell

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

Joining the Discovery team for the first year!

Lacy Buczala

Assistant Montessori Teacher

Lacey grew up in Great Falls, Montana surrounded by extended family and organizing activities for all of her younger cousins. Lacey naturally was assigned as an aide to her Mother’s educational daycare which provided a foundation for a life-long love of working with young children.

Lacey attended MSU in Bozeman, drawn to the area by the beauty and recreational opportunities. She has spent the last 10 years managing children’s ski school operations throughout Montana and is currently pursuing her Montessori Early Childhood teaching certificate.

When not guiding children to learn and grow at school, she enjoys spending time with her husband and puppy, painting, camping, canoeing, and tending to the chickens.