Dr. Tim Tharp is serving as Montana's Deputy State Superintendent. 

Dr. Tharp is a long-time school administrator and leader in Montana's rural schools. He has served as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and athletic director in Scobey, Dutton, Dutton/Brady, Sunburst, and Hobson. He has also coached volleyball, basketball, and baseball throughout his career. He is a lifetime member of the Montana Officials Association, recipient of the MHSA/MIAAA Gold Pass, and served on the board of the Montana Rural Education Association for 11 years, including 5 years as the President of MREA. He is a retired volunteer fireman, emergency medical responder, and reserve deputy sheriff. He has degrees from both the University of Montana and Montana State University including a Doctor of Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science.

Dr. Tharp can be reached at 406-444-7325 or tim.tharp@mt.gov.


 Susan Kohn is serving as the Senior Office Administrator

Susan has held senior level management positions in government, service, and construction industries. Her years of senior level executive management, office administration and human resources management has given her the unique skills necessary to manage the complex administrative duties at OPI. Susan has responsibility and oversight of all OPI administrative services, departments and personnel. Susan is an avid reader, loves to cook, and enjoys being with family and traveling when time permits.

Susan can be reached at 406-444-3160 or susan.kohn@mt.gov. 


 Dylan Klapmeier is serving as the Director of Communications and Federal Relations

Dylan has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Montana, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Montana Graduate School. Prior to joining the Office of Public Instruction, Dylan worked in Missoula as a field representative, constituent caseworker, and education liaison for U.S. Senator Steve Daines. He is originally from Forsyth, Montana.

Dylan can be reached at 406-444-3559 or dylan.klapmeier@mt.gov. 


 Susie Hedalen is serving as the Director of Education Services and ESSA

Susie received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Montana State University. She earned a Masters of Educational Leadership with a principal and superintendent endorsement in 2012. She received a Graduate Certificate in Native American Studies in 2016 and is currently working on her dissertation for her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Her versatile experience has given her a comprehensive understanding of education and our school districts in Montana. She taught kindergarten through fifth grade in Helena for seven years, she was a rural school superintendent in Grass Range, and most recently, she was an elementary school principal and director of federal programs for the Livingston School District.

Susie can be reached at 406-444-3449 or susie.hedalen@mt.gov.


 Chrissie Tharp is serving as the Administrative Clerk for the Superintendent's Office

Chrissie graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a degree in K-12 Music Education, and also holds a master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. She has taught all grade levels of music throughout Montana. She also works as an Area Representative for International Student Exchange. Chrissie and her husband have two children: Amanda, who is teaching 3rd grade in Cascade; and Tyler, who is working for Northern Telephone in Sunburst. They also have three exchange children from Germany. Her hobbies include enjoying Montana's outdoors, volleyball, geocaching, and cross-stitching.

Chrissie can be reached at 406-444-5643 or christine.tharp@mt.gov.


 Patrick H. Beddow Senior is serving as the Superintendent's Land Board Advisor

Patrick is a consultant minerals landman from Billings and has been involved with oil, gas, hard minerals, coal and land-title related issues for over 38 years. Using his decades of industry expertise, he advises Superintendent Arntzen in her capacity as Vice-Chair of the Montana Board of Land Commissioners.

Patrick can be reached at patrick.beddow@mt.gov.