Chris Noel

 Chris Noel

Senior Manager, Teaching
and Learning Department


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

Rebecca Kranitz

 Rebecca Kranitz

Teacher Learning
Hub Coordinator


Rebecca Kranitz joined the Teacher Learning Hub team at the OPI in January 2022. She is committed to designing and managing high-quality online courses and is passionate about providing Montana educators with access to free professional development opportunities. Rebecca’s professional career has centered around many different components of both higher education and public education. She previously worked at The University of Montana in multiple roles. She was an Academic Advisor in the College of Humanities and Sciences, an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Geography in the College of Forestry, and the Program Manager for the Montana Geographic Alliance - a state-based partnership with the National Geographic Society that provided professional development and K-12 classroom resources to support geography education and geo-literacy. Rebecca earned her B.S. in Geology and Environmental Sciences from SUNY Plattsburgh and her M.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Environmental Education from The University of Montana-Missoula. She is also a National Geographic Certified Educator.

406-444-0466

Allyson Briese

 Allyson Briese

Teacher Learning
Hub Coordinator


Allyson joined the OPI Teacher Learning Hub team in June of 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in K-8 Elementary Education from Montana State University in Bozeman, a Master’s degree in K-12 Curriculum & Instruction from Boise State University in Boise, ID, and a second Master’s degree in K-12 Educational Leadership/Administration from the College of Idaho. She feels fortunate to have found her passion in life early on and as a result, has “never gone to work a day in her life—only to school!” She loves her ‘work’ in education and has taught grades 3 through 6 as well as multi-grade classrooms in both public and private school settings, served as a 5-8 Middle School Principal, a K-12 Curriculum Director, a School Board Chair, and developed and served as the Director of a developmentally-based, parent-involved preschool. Her experiences in education have been many and varied and she is thrilled to continue her work in education at the state level with the Office of Public Instruction. She deeply values her Montana roots, and in her free time, she loves spending time with family and enjoying the great outdoors.

406-444-0716