Chris Noel

 Chris Noel

Senior
Manager


Chris began her career as a high school science teacher and leverages her classroom experience to support education across a wide variety contexts. Outside of her work in K – 12 classrooms Chris has worked for Universities, the Montana Office of Public Instruction, and for-profit national Ed Tech organizations in roles such as Science Instructional Coordinator, Science Assessment Specialist, Instructional Coach, Undergraduate and Graduate Instructor, Senior Manager of Service Operations, Director of Learning and Development, Director of Product Operations, and Data Operations Manager. She enjoys working with school leaders and other stakeholders to better understand best practices in instruction and data use across all grade levels, subject areas, and school types. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Neuroscience, from the University of Texas at Arlington with an M.Ed. in Education, and is ABD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison for a PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus in Learning Sciences and a minor in quantitative methods in education. Chris has two sons, one who attends the University of Wisconsin and one who attends Helena High School. She lives in Helena with her partner, three dogs, and a cat.

406-444-2765

Shannon Boswell

 Shannon Boswell

Career Technical and
Adult Education Director


Ms. Boswell spent the first 13 years of her career teaching high school Agriculture in rural West Virginia. While there she grew the program from 30 students to 90 students, added a 20x 80 Greenhouse lab, and a 30x60 animal processing facility for her students to gain real-world skills. She worked closely with local businesses to provide career readiness skills for all students. Upon leaving the classroom in 2017, she moved west to accept the role of Agricultural Education Specialist with the Montana OPI. She is currently serving as the Career, Technical, and Adult Education Unit Director.

406-444-7915

Katie Madsen

 Katie Madsen

Adult Education State Director/
HiSET State Administrator


Ms. Katie Madsen joined the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) in January 2017 as the Adult Education State Director/HiSET State Administrator. She came to the OPI from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) where she served in the Academic and Student Affairs Division. Katie has previously worked as a classroom teacher, Sylvan Learning Center administrator, and corporate trainer for a large financial institution. Ms. Madsen holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Carroll College.

406-465-1341


Austin Schweitzer

 Austin Schweitzer

Marketing Specialist


Austin Schweitzer has been involved in the Career & Technical Education/Marketing department for three years. Austin is native to Montana and grew up in Helena. Austin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management – Sales & Marketing from the University of Montana. Prior to joining the Office of Public Instruction, Austin worked as a Sales & Marketing Director, Product Marketing Specialist, and Graphic Designer for a variety of companies in the Missoula area. His versatile experience in the field of marketing has given him a comprehensive understanding of how to best serve and spread awareness of educational opportunities to Montana’s teachers and students.

406-444-2059

Emily Fuller

 Emily Fuller

Adult Education Program Specialist


Emily Fuller is the Adult Education (AE) Program Specialist and HiSET Coordinator in the Career, Technical, and Adult Education Unit at the Office of Public Instruction (OPI). Emily assists the State Director/State HiSET Administrator in developing best practices and training for AE and HiSET programs. Her position also monitors compliance with Federal, State, and Vendor policies. Emily joined the OPI in 2016 and moved into her current position in 2018. Prior to her position at the OPI, Emily was the general manager at a busy restaurant where she developed her strong customer service skills. In 2014, Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (MSU Bozeman) and also holds an Associate Degree in Mental Health Direct Care (UM Helena). These areas of study have given her insight into human behavior as well as a good understanding of statistics.

406-594-3750

Eric Swenson

 Eric Swenson

Business Education Specialist


Eric Swenson has been involved in the Career & Technical Education/Business Education profession for over 20 years, including 13 years teaching at Denton High School, 12 years as the OPI’s Business Education Specialist, and 10 years on faculty with the University of Montana Western. Eric is a Past President of the Montana Business Education Association and the Montana Association for Career and Technical Education; served five years on the Business Professionals of America’s National Board of Trustees, and is currently on the Western Business Education Association’s Executive Committee as Secretary of the Executive Board. A three-time graduate of the University of Idaho (BS Business Education, BS Secondary Education-Social Sciences, & MEd Business Education). Eric has received many accolades for his classroom and professional experiences including being named the Secondary Business Educator of the Year by both the Montana Business Education Association and the Western Business Education Association, was presented with the Western Business Education Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010 and was inducted into the Business Professionals of America Hall of Fame in 2016.

406-444-7991


Eric Tilleman

 Eric Tilleman

Agricultural Education
Specialist


Eric is the current Agriculture Education Specialist at OPI. He has taught agriculture at Cascade High School, in Cascade, Montana for 16 years where his classes were Ag I, Ag II, Building Construction, Welding, Independent Agriculture, and junior high ag. He has had the opportunity to serve as an officer in the Montana Association of Agriculture Educators (2010-15) as well as the Region I secretary of the NAAE (2016-19) and the Regional Vice President (2019-22). Eric and his wife, Roberta, have been active members in their communities serving as committee members of their local rodeos, educational scholarship programs as well as officers in their local fire department.

406-438-6636

Ian Beagles

 Ian Beagles

Data Control
Specialist


Ian Beagles has been at the OPI since 2019 as the Data Specialist for the Career, Technical, & Adult Education Unit. Ian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Astrophysics from Northern Arizona University and completed two years of advanced schooling at The University of Toledo. He was born and raised in the Helena area and returned to the area after completing school.

406-444-9019

Gayla Randel

 Gayla Randel

Family and Consumer
Sciences Specialist


Gayla Randel, CFCS has 20 years classroom experiences at the middle, secondary and post-secondary levels across various content areas of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and teacher preparation. She was previously the FCS Education Consultant at the Kansas State Department of Education where her work focused on creating strong partnerships at the local, state and national levels for the Human Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training and Visual Arts—Fashion, Apparel, and Interior Design career clusters. This work also supported FCS Education through life literacy instruction and prevention education to address youth wellness, leadership and personal growth. She holds two degrees from Kansas State University—Vocational Home Economics Education and Adult, Continuing and Occupational Education and is certified by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

406-431-2117


Jamie Corley

 Jamie Corley

Health Science, and Public Safety Specialist


Jamie joined the OPI as the Health Science Education and Public Safety Specialist in 2022. Jamie has more than 10 years of teaching experience in Kinesiology, Health Sciences, and Physical Education. She has taught at high schools in California and Montana, community colleges in Fresno and Philadelphia, and at several medium and maximum security prisons in California. Additionally, Jamie served as a Health and Human Performance Lecturer at Montana State University Billings. Having served as a US Navy Corpsman, Jamie has experience providing advanced medical care both in the hospital setting and in the field as a combat medic. Rescuing patients and delivering emergency care to critically injured Sailors and Marines was a massive part of her military service. With all of these various experiences, Jamie hopes to serve as a significant asset to the OPI, HOSA, Montana administrators, teachers, and all students.

406-437-2434

Wanda Arlint

 Wanda Arlint

HiSET Administrative Assistant
 


Mrs. Wanda Arlint is the HiSET Administrative Assistant in the Career, Technical and Adult Education (CTAE) Unit at the Office of Public Instruction (OPI). She joined the OPI in July 2015 as an Administrative Assistant for the Content and Standards Unit, and then transitioned to the CTAE Unit, part-time, in October 2019. Wanda enjoys working part-time so she can spend time with her husband, two children, and three grandchildren.

406-437-2196