Early Childhood Co-Lead Teacher
Hannah comes to Montana from Mammoth Lakes, California. After many ski racing accomplishments and years of traveling the world with the Western Region Ski Team as well as the US Development Ski Team, Hannah found her way to Montana State University. Hannah competed in Division 1 Women’s Alpine Skiing all four years of college, and is proud to be a Bobcat She received her B.A. in Political Science with Small Business Entrepreneurship minor in the Fall of 2011. Hannah holds her Montessori certification in both Elementary I and Elementary II and has thoroughly enjoyed teaching both. Hannah also holds her USSA Level 1 Coaching Certificate, and with this she then spent her first years as a college graduate coaching ski racing and being a nanny. It became clear that teaching children was her passion, and has loved combining both teaching and play in the classroom. The setting of Montana helps tremendously in guiding place based education! Most days Hannah can be found either skiing, riding her mountain bike, or enjoying a multitude of many other activities under the Big Sky.
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.
Elementary & Middle School Co-Lead Teacher, Ski Program Director
Originally from Minnesota, Diana is excited to be back in Montana after almost ten years away! She graduated from Montana State in Bozeman in 2008 and then relocated back to Minnesota for graduate school. She completed a teacher education program through Hamline University and earned a Master’s in Teaching. As a lifelong learner, Diana is excited to share her love of learning and to ignite and develop the same love within the students. She is honored to be a part of this upcoming school year with an incredible school and community.
Elementary & Middle School Co-Lead Teacher
Chris joins his second year at Discovery Academy as an Assistant/Middle School/Math/Science Teacher (whatever my title may be). He graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Prior to coming to Discovery, he was an outdoor educator. He guided mountaineering expeditions with Alaska Mountain Guides, taught ski lessons at Big Sky Resort, and led teen backpacking trips into the Spanish Peaks Wilderness. In the summer, Chris is the Associate Director of Camp Big Sky. Chris specializes in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math. He has extensive knowledge of physics, advanced mathematics, and computer science. His teaching philosophy is based on experiential-learning. His students learn by exploring the world, manipulating objects and ideas, wrestling with questions and controversies, and performing experiments. Chris has boundless energy, and in his free time he enjoys playing outside trail running, rock climbing, ice climbing, and skiing. He is an avid reader too. When he is all tired out from too much exercise, he will likely have his nose in a book or three.
High School Instructor
Grace Ganoom grew up in Big Sky, attending Ophir School and Bozeman High School She has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and an Associate degree in Education. Grace has been a tutor in the surrounding area since 2012. She is passionate about math and strives to communicate that passion to her students. Ever focused on having her students achieve success, she uses teaching strategies that carefully guide learning through discovery and the understanding of the principles of math . When not in the classroom, Grace enjoys traveling and being outside. Her favorite activities include skiing, snowshoeing, waterskiing and hiking.