Susie Hedalen headshot  Susie Hedalen is serving as the Deputy Superintendent for Education Services

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. Most recently, Susie has led the successful implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act in Montana through her work at the OPI.

Susie can be reached at 406-444-3449 or

Jule Walker headshot Jule Walker is serving as the Deputy Superintendent for Operations

Jule is a professional educator with more than 30 years of experience. She pursued a Bachelors Degree in Business Education from Montana State University-Billings. She then taught 10.5 years in California, receiving her Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. Upon returning to Montana, Walker served 21 years as a superintendent in the Plevna School District. During her tenure as a superintendent, she has served on numerous committees and boards, as well as received several awards. Walker has served on the MREA Board, on the MUST Board, as the SEMASS President, the MHSA Resolution Committee Chairman, the K-12 Vision group, the MASS President, SAM President, and the AASA Executive Board.

Jule can be reached at


Dylan Klapmeier headshot 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 

 Patrick Beddow headshotPatrick 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