Leadership

Scott Poloff
Head of School

Mr. Scott Poloff is an American educator with over 20 years of experience who developed his passion for education while growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has recently moved to Big Sky from Dubai were he was a School Director for the previous two years.  He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and a B.S in Elementary Education. Scott believes that student success begins with building a positive school culture based on strong relationships with students, staff, parents and the community. He is an advocate of shared leadership and supports professional learning communities that focus on empowering teachers to lead, to grow and improve student outcomes.

Katie Hagen
Lower School Director

Before stepping into an administrative role at Discovery, Katie was a lead teacher in private and public Montessori schools for over a decade. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist certification, and a minor in Global Studies. Katie completed her Montessori training and received her Early Childhood Teaching Certification from The Center of Guided Montessori Studies. She is a member of the American Montessori Society and a proud advocate of the philosophy and method. 

Katie believes that mindfulness, respect, and empathy are keys to creating a peaceful classroom, community, and world.

Beth Marlington
Upper School Director
HS Social Studies

Beth grew up exploring the beautiful Twin Cities of Minnesota and attended Bates College, where she graduated with honors in Philosophy and Spanish Literature. She spent several years overseas leading academic trips for high schoolers, and has taught hundreds of students more than twenty diverse courses in over a dozen different countries on four continents. After working in the Big Sky School District as the middle/high school Spanish teacher, Beth transitioned to 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. Pronouns: she/her.

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