Board of Directors
Co-Founder/ Board President
Nancy Hagen brings both educational and business management experience to the Discovery team. She earned her undergraduate education degree from Purdue University and her masters in education from Ball State University. She was an elementary school educator before taking over her family business – she is the CEO/Owner of Superior Sample Company, a manufacturing plant in Northern Indiana. In addition to being responsible for overseeing all operations and managers, strategic business planning for growth, and maintenance of a highly efficient and productive samplebook plant, she supports numerous nonprofits in Big Sky, Bozeman, Indiana and Florida. With her extra energy, she stays very active skiing, snowshoeing, alpine hiking, and kayaking.
Ann comes to Discovery Academy because of her belief that an education is not a “one size fits all” proposition and her passion of helping youth discover their intellectual curiosity. As a member of the Board, she brings a background in Pre-K to 12 education and experience as an Independent Educational Consultant.
While living in Germany, Ann was recognized for her contributions in education with the Award for the Promotion of International Education from the European Council of International Schools. She spent a year traveling around Australia and New Zealand and home-schooled her three children at that time. Returning to the US, she returned to school and earned California teaching credentials in Math, Sciences and Business. She taught in both private and public schools from kindergarten through high school. Ann also served on the board of a private school in Sonoma County, CA.
Ann discovered her love of helping high school students and their families navigate the college admissions process and founded Carina College Advising in 2011.
Ann holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, an MS and MBA from Columbia University in the City of New York. She has chaired the Stanford Band Alumni Board and spearheaded their fundraising efforts (2015 – 2021), is a member of the Joint Council of All Saints Big Sky, and served in various board roles in the Pacific Region of YPO.
Suzanne and her husband have lived in Big Sky for 30 years and she has been involved in the education system as a mother, classroom volunteer, and a coach for both basketball and tennis in the public school. When their daughter decided to pursue ski racing, she knew they needed a schooling schedule in which she was able to work at her own pace, and desired the opportunity for 12 months of continuous learning opportunities. Their daughter, Mazie, was one of the original Trailblazers at The Big Sky Discovery School and she graduated winter 2021, and snow skied to her high school graduation!
Over the years, having children graduate from both Lone Peak High School, and from the Big Sky Discovery Academy, Suzanne realized the importance of meeting the needs of each individual student…whether that is exceptional education, college bound goals, gap years, and/or technical or vocational education. Each and every child is important, and a well rounded education consists of small student to teacher ratios, the sciences, history, arts, physical education, and of course having the opportunity to bond and work together with children of all ages in the school, which provides for confidence and character building through exploration.
As a local realtor, it is important to listen to our community, obtain feedback and implement, what the community hopes to obtain from the options of our local education systems. Suzanne loves our community, she loves what the kids gain from The Big Sky Discovery Academy, and she understands and enjoys planning for the future needs of The Big Sky Discovery Academy!