Staff Directory

Amy Calhoun- Director and Educator

Amy’s passion for early childhood education started early when she first worked at a childcare facility when she was 16 years old.  She then went on to get her degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in early childhood education from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. She taught Kindergarten for one year before moving to Pinedale where she was the director of Pinedale Preschool for 8 years.  She took a year off to be with her own kids and then spent six more years at the Pinedale Preschool as a substitute, teacher’s aide, and then a preschool teacher. She is excited to once again be in the role or director here at BEEP.

Amy believes the most important part of any early childhood education program is the kids and families they get to work with everyday. She is passionate about building programs that support parents and provide the best care possible to the children they are responsible for. She loves that the primary goal here at BEEP is to make children feel safe and comfortable while supporting their growth and development.

 

JaNee Cox- Assistant Director and Toddler Room Educator

JaNee is a caring, nurturing, and patient teacher. She believes that hands on experiences and the utilization of all our senses to discover the world around us is the best way to learn. Her favorite part of working with children is when the child makes a connection with what they have been learning. JaNee has 16 years of experience in the Early Childhood field and is returning for her second year here at BEEP.

JaNee grew up in Idaho, this is her 9th year in Pinedale. She has three children and two grandchildren. On her spare time she enjoys long walks, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Leslie Travis – Toddler Room Educator

Leslie spent the last 2 years at Pinedale Preschool and is very excited to join the BEEP staff.  She loves children and their curiosity and love for learning. Leslie loves helping kids learn through interactive play and exploration.  She is passionate about helping children and believes that early childhood education is one of the most important part of a child’s life. She loves to watch kids grow and become interested in different subjects that they are exploring.  Leslie believes that one of the best ways for a child to truly learn is for them to explore and participate in guided activities that allow them to make their own discoveries, and eventually form their own opinions. Her favorite part of working with children is watching their excitement when they have discovered something new and are excited about learning.

Leslie grew up in Pinedale.  After marrying her husband and living all around the United States, they decided to return to her home town and raise their family.  Leslie and her husband Tyler have two sons, Jaxson (7) and Gabe (6). She enjoys anything outdoors, and her and her family spend as much time outside as possible, making Pinedale the perfect place for them!  Some of Leslie and her family’s hobbies include camping, fishing, horseback riding and hiking in the mountains.

 

Joanne Blaire  Preschool Educator

Joanne firmly believes that the field of education is the very most worthwhile way to
spend her days. Curiosity, adventure, and the magic of working with children have never
let her down. She is a passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated educator who strives to create warm, welcoming, and inclusive environments for the learners she is entrusted with. She recognizes that it is no small thing to be educating young children, and she strives daily to rise to this important task.

She graduated with honors from Utah State University with a dual degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a minor in ELL education.  She has happily resided in Sublette County with her family for the past six years, working in both public and preschool education, and is grateful to live in  and enjoy such a beautiful place.

Ms. Joanne believes in hands-on, meaningful, relevant, and stimulating education in an environment where students are safe, welcomed, and supported. She is happy to join the BEEP team!

 

Gracy Carpenter- Preschool Educator

After attending college at the University of California at Berkeley and living in the San Francisco area for eight years Gracy returned to Pinedale, her childhood home, to raise her family. She is the proud mother of Symon and Yulia Carpenter.

Gracy loves the magic that is childhood exploration and growth. Observing the joy of living in the moment and seeing children of various ages conquer milestones and thrive inspires her to be a better mother and educator. Gracy has three years of experience working with infants to five-year-olds at the Pinedale Aquatic Center FIT KIDS program.  She looks forward to joining the BEEP team and a great year of growing together!

 

Rosi Williams Infant Room Educator

Rosi has five years experience in Early Childcare and additional year experience working with children in the Special Ed department.  Rosi loves to see the kids excitement to learn and watch their growth in learning.  She loves how proud they are to accomplish a goal or conquer a task. Most of all, she loves what the kids teach her….

Rosi has recently moved to Pinedale from Joliet, MT.  She loves spending time with her kids and husband.  In her spare time she likes to read, cook and walk her dogs.

 

Jenna Mergl Infant Room Educator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Schaefer Assistant Educator

Laura is a Wyoming native and grew up in Powell, Wyoming. She grew up babysitting for many families as well as volunteering her time at church and community events throughout the Powell area, and this is where her love for childhood education developed. Her and her husband moved to Pinedale in August 2017, and are enjoying everything the beautiful small town community has to offer! After graduating in Powell, she moved to Laramie, Wyoming to pursue her Bachelor’s degree.

She is continuing her education in Professional Child Development through the University of Wyoming’s Bachelor outreach program. She is passionate about helping children grow and learn! Laura is excited to join the BEEP team and help the children explore education in fun and exciting ways!

 

Tillie Bennett Yoga Teacher

Tillie Bennett is a Pinedale native! Her love for education developed as she grew up babysitting and nannying in the Pinedale community as well as having a large extended family. She has had the privilege of working for the BOCES Beep Program the last couple years! She loves working with kids because they keep her honest, loving and free. They teach her just as much as she teaches them! She is looking forward to this school year!

 

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