K-12 Partnerships

Rural Educator Recruitment and
Retention Task Force

MREA-MUS Educator Fellows Program (Press Release)

Students interested in the scholarship: please send your name, campus, and email address to Heather Hanser


Preparing Montana's Teachers

Districts/Faculty Offering EDU 101

Educator Pathway (draft)


Taskforce Membership

Dr. Roberta Evans, Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Montana
Dr. Jayne Downey, Associate Professor, Montana State University
Dr. Mary Susan Fishbaugh, Dean, College of Education, Montana State University Billings
Dr. Vikki Howard, Coordinator, Special Education Program, University of Montana Western
Dr. Carol Reifschneider, Dean, College of Education, Montana State University Northern
Dr. Alison Harmon, Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Development, MSU
Mr. Dennis Parman, Executive Director, Montana Rural Educators Association
Dr. Kirk Miller, Executive Director, School Administrators of Montana
Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, President, Miles Community College
Mr. Peter Donovan, Executive Director, Montana Board of Public Education
Ms. Kristine Thatcher, Educator Licensure Program Manager, Office of Public Instruction
Dr. Heidi Pasek, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Great Falls College
Mr. Tom Moore, Assistant Superintendent, Great Falls Public Schools
Dr. Tim Tharp, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mr. Marco Ferro, Public Policy Director, MEA-MFT
Mr. Lance Melton, Executive Director, Montana School Boards Association
Dr. Stevie Schmidtz, Dean, College of Education, Rocky Mountain College
Dr. Amy Burland, Dean, Division of Education, Salish Kootenai College
Dr. Adrea Lawrence, Department Chair of Teaching and Learning, University of Montana


Dr. John Cech, Deputy Commissioner, Academic & Student Affairs
Ms. Angela McLean, Director, AIMA & K-12 Partnerships
Mr. Erik Rose, Compliance and Workforce Data Analyst

Meeting Notes:

Data and Research:


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