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Putting Montana Students First
Data Operations Senior Manager
Ashley Perez is a native Montanan born in Hamilton but raised in Helena. She spent spent the last 20 years in the Army, eight of which were on active duty with one deployment and the rest in the Montana Army National Guard. After getting off active duty, she attended Carroll College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. She spent nine years doing actuarial work at the State Auditor’s Office and started at OPI in October of 2022.
Common Core Data Coordinator
Ed Facts Coordinator
Meghann was born and raised in North Central Montana, moved to Helena in the late ‘90s to attend Carroll College. With numerous years of State Government service under her belt, she enjoys reviewing data and working “behind the scenes” to support Montana Public schools, teachers and students. As the EdFacts Coordinator for the OPI, Meghann works to support stakeholders of the OPI and reporting to the Department of Education. She is always down for a good laugh or joke, and spending time with family and friends.
Title & School Support Analyst
Amber graduated with honors from the University of Montana in 2005 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, with a concentration in Education, along with a Business and Information Technology Education minor. She began working at Office of Public Instruction in 2015.
Operations Research Analyst
Teacher Data Coordinator
ESSER Data Analyst
Garrett Morrill, ESSER Data Analyst, was born in Great Falls, and graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Montana. As a third generation Montanan, Garret wanted to give back to the state that his family helped build. His professional experiences include interning with the McLaughlin Research Institute, assisting small businesses with Blackstone Launchpad, providing technical consulting with ATG-Cognizant, and more. He hopes to assist Montana’s schools by providing the very best data for our educators, legislators, and administrators.
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AIM Unit Manager
Nicole has been with the OPI for more than 18 years, and has worked in Educator Licensure, School Finance, and IT & Data. She enjoys working with schools, helping them understand the importance of timely and accurate data collections - and working with the schools to reduce the burden of increased demand for data. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her children, sports of all kinds (coaching, playing, watching), and traveling to new places.
AIM Data Resource Specialist
Jennifer is a Montana native and has worked for the OPI since August 2016. She maintains the State Published Ad Hoc filters in AIM and develop and maintain validation reports for data collections. Jennifer also monitors data to identify duplicate students and other potential student and enrollment issues as well as providing technical support for districts and OPI staff in all of these areas.
AIM Data Information Specialist
Andy has been a Research Specialist since 2002 and has worked with AIM since the 2006-07 school year. Andy is a Data Steward for dropout, graduate, and cohort data collection. This includes reviewing certification status and contacting districts for follow-up. Andy provides technical support for districts and OPI staff as it relates to the AIM data collections. He manages communication and data collection for the annual Non-Public student enrollment data collection. This includes private school and home school students.
Research Analyst/Data Specialist
Shara joined OPI in January 2023. She holds a Business Administration degree from the University of Montana. She has been connected to K-12 education in some capacity since 2000. She has a passion for learning, collaboration and continual growth. She is proud to serve and support the administrators, educators, and staff that serve Montana schools, students and families. She and her husband, Dave, enjoy life in the Montana sun, waters and starry skies.
SLDS Program Manager
Brett Carter is the Statewide Longitudinal Data System Project Manager (SLDS) at the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI). He has worked extensively in the areas of student, school and financial data. Brett completed his MS and BS at Montana State University. He loves being in the outdoors with his family.
SLDS Stakeholder Liaison
Dr. Robin Clausen works closely on two grants from the Institute of Education Science. He conducts primary research into the policy implications of supplemental poverty measures and in the area of dropout prevention. The commonality of his work centers on reporting; whether it be a research summary or providing OPI data to researchers throughout the US. In his free time, he focuses on family and everything Montanan (except for Bozeman where he grew up).
Applied Analytics Trainer
Raised, educated and former educator of Montana, Nicole serves on the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) team where the best part of her job is working with schools on GEMS data dashboards and the Early Warning System to get creative with using data for student success. She feels fortunate that her work with the Montana SLDS closely aligns with her studies as a PhD candidate at Montana State University with research interests in student mobility patterns.
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