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Dear Montana School Leaders,

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For these next four years, it will be my honor to serve our communities, families, and most of all, our next generation of students as Montana's Superintendent of Public Instruction. I have determination and a fresh approach to problem solving that has served me well, both as a public school teacher for 23 years and a state legislator for 12 years. My commitment to improving opportunities for students comes from a fourth generation Montana work ethic instilled in me by my parents, who were both longtime public school teachers in Billings.

Putting Montana Students First will be the benchmark from which all decisions will be made in the Office of Public Instruction. Three words in particular will be primary in contributing to our success: communication, collaboration, and cooperation.

During this year's legislative session, you can expect regular updates from my office. I am hosting a bipartisan Education Caucus twice a month at the Capitol on Wednesday mornings at 7am. My staff and I will work diligently to move the Education bills in a timely manner to promote stability for our schools. I am excited to use my relationships that I have nurtured over the past decade with the Legislature to promote a positive dialogue for our students and schools.

Please be patient with me and staff as we move through this transition. My contact email is

I will always be actively listening and my door will be open to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I will work for you and all of Montana.

Together…we will be Putting Montana Students First!


Elsie Arntzen

Spotlight On:

OPI Employee Spotlight

This week OPI is shining our spotlight on our three longest serving employees. Together, Marlene Wells, Angela Branz-Spall, and Susan Bailey-Anderson have over 100 years of combined service with the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Their dedication to Montana's students is inspiring. Marlene Wells is the Office Manager for OPI's Special Education Division and has been an OPI employee for 46 years. Angela Branz-Spall is the Title I, Part C Director and has been an OPI employee for 32 years. Susan Bailey-Anderson is the Professional Development Unit Manager, MBI Coordinator, and SPDG Director. Susan celebrated 30 years with OPI this month. Everyone at OPI would like to congratulate Marlene, Angela, and Susan and thank them for their dedication to putting Montana students first!