- Directly supervises the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Operations Officer, and the Chief Information Officer.
- Key agent in the OPI Innovations from the Montana Alternative Student Testing, Leadership Academies, Educator Redesign, Teacher Licensure revisions, Chapter 55 Accreditation improvements, Innovation Zones.
- Generally aides in coordinating the day-to-day work of the agency.
With 38 years in public education from a 5-20 teacher, CTE Director, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent, Deputy Allen brings a diverse and unique skillset with a history of initiating personalization, proficiency, blended learning, transdisciplinary curriculum, and more. She developed and implemented the first Trades Academy in MT that led to John Deere International opening its proprietary curriculum to high school students nationwide. This academy opened the gate for Build Montana Efforts, bills like Advanced Opportunities, and more. As a native Montanan raised in an entrepreneurial environment with ranching as the backbone of her family, her core beliefs are grounded in virtues of service, generosity, determination, compassion, and love for family, community, and people from different walks of life. Community involvement and giving were firmly instilled by parents who valued work ethic, family, music, and God. Western Montana College provided an exceptional foundation to become an effective teacher. Her MBA was completed at Northern Arizona University, where she also completed post-masters work in Educational Leadership. Georgetown University’s Urban Educational Leadership certificate was completed in 2015. The Deputy has never wavered from her byline, “I am a sword-carrier for children,” throughout her adventuresome career.