OIR Staff Members

Amber Stitziel Pareja, PhD

Executive Director, Office of Institutional Research

Amber Stitziel Pareja joined the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) as the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) in September of 2016. Dr. Pareja earned her B.A. in sociology from Wesleyan University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in human development and social policy from Northwestern University. Prior to joining IMSA, Dr. Pareja was a Senior Research Analyst at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and previously was a bilingual (Spanish-English) third grade teacher in Compton, California as part of Teach for America. Her research interests include STEM and gifted education, data-informed decision-making in educational organizations, school leadership, and principal preparation.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Evaluation Association
  • Association for Institutional Research
  • National Association for Gifted Children
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Byungsuk Lee (Lee)

Data Analyst

Byungsuk Lee joined the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in September 2022 as a data analyst. He earned a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. He has worked as a researcher and data analyst in various capacities before joining IMSA, most recently at the Independent Evaluation Unit of the Green Climate Fund. He is skilled in data analysis and visualization with various tools, and his professional interests lie in data-informed decision-making, institutional research, and organizational evaluation, among others. 

Professional Memberships:
  • Association for Institutional Research
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Laurie Craig

Administrative Assistant

Laurie joined the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in September 2008 and served as program support specialist for the Illinois Virtual High School (IVHS) through the end of its contract in 2009. Since then, Laurie has served IMSA in a variety of roles, first as administrative assistant for both the vice president of Strategy and Innovation and the Marketing and Communications department (2009-2012). Currently, Laurie works for the Office of Institutional Research with responsibility for the administration of the College and Career Readiness Assessment (CCRA+), Student Course Surveys, mandatory data collection and reporting, records retention, and the maintenance of OIR’s webpages. Laurie also served as IMSA’s site coordinator for both the ACT and the SAT exams (2018-2021). Prior to joining IMSA, Laurie had 20+ years’ marketing experience with Citicorp Diners Club with responsibility for coordinating design, print and mailing of direct marketing catalogs, cardmember statement communications and newsletters, and year end summary. She has completed graphic arts coursework (Advanced Photoshop, Advanced Illustrator, InDesign) at the College of DuPage (1995-1997) and Triton College (2012-2014).

With the adoption of a retired racing greyhound, Laurie has joined the volunteers at Greyhounds Only.

Professional Memberships:
  • Association for Institutional Research
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