Center Director, Technical & Information Management Services
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Pattie Johnson serves as the Director or the Technical & Information Management Services Center at The Research Institute at WOU. She is also the Project Director on the Post School Outcomes (PSO) project, which follows the educational and employment experiences of students one year after they exit special education services, for the Oregon Department of Education. She has experience designing, building, and supporting online data collection and reporting systems, data analysis and management, and providing assistance in using data to drive school improvement during her 25 years with TRI.
Jackie Burr is a Special Education Secondary Transition Specialist. She has over 40 years of experience in education, including State level special education monitoring, professional development, special education administration and special/general education teaching. Jackie Burr brings many years of secondary transition experience to the professional development sessions to prepare districts, agencies, students and professionals for the successful transition of students from education to successful outcomes with the most appropriate diploma option.
Her prior working experience includes working at the Oregon Department of Education as the Secondary Transition Specialist and the West Virginia Department of Education as a Special Education Specialist. Jackie holds two Master of Education degrees from West Virginia University.
Lead Web Developer
Jeff Denton serves as the lead technologist and web developer for The Research Institute. Prior to his employment with TRI in 2005, he managed his own web consultancy, Upstart Productions, since 2000.
Jeff also currently serves on the TRI and NCDB web development committees and the TRI Bagels and Bites professional development committee. When not working, he enjoys designing and crafting wood products of all kinds, artisanal bluetooth enabled speakers, and tiny backyard offices.
Lead Data Specialist
Andrea Fewx is the Lead Data Specialist at TRI. She earned her B.A.degree in Sociology from Ottawa University. Ms.Fewx's primary expertise is in data analysis, and database design and development. She has worked in the field for 15 years.
Ms.Fewx started at TRI in 1999 as a data specialist. Since then, she has worked on technology project leadership, collection of data, organization of data, analysis of data, design and development of databases using MS Access and MS SQL, and the management of a data processing group.
Brian is an Associate Research Fellow at TRI with over twenty-five years' experience as a data manager and analyst in the field of education. Recent projects have focused on using SPSS to analyze large special education datasets for the Oregon Department of Education, but he has also worked with general education data from several states, including the analysis of assessment and discipline data. Brian specializes in data quality issues, the integration of data from multiple sources, and the development of systems designed to get timely and meaningful data to school districts which can directly impact student learning and performance. Brian regularly works with data across the educational spectrum, from early childhood to post-secondary, and assists states with the implementation of changing federal special education regulations, including FERPA and the development of funding models.
Brian has a Master's Degree in Psychology from Pacific University and before coming to TRI worked for a market research company in Portland. He also spent over fifteen years studying wildlife biology and behavior, working for a variety of institutions including the Oregon Zoo, SRI, the Institute of Arctic Biology, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This included a six year period when he and his wife formed their own research company and obtained both federal and state funding to study marine mammals in remote areas of Hawaii.
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