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. This will be her 5th year in the role of 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.

 

Rosi Williams Assistant Director

Rosi has more than a decade of experience in Early Childcare and an additional year experience working with children in the Special Ed department.  Rosi has lived in Pinedale for the last four years with her husband and youngest daughter. She also has a daughter attending the University of Wyoming, GO POKES! 

Rosi loves to see the children’s excitement to learn and watch their growth in learning.  She loves how proud they are to accomplish a goal or conquer a task. 

 

Joanne Blaire  Preschool – K Educator

Ms. Joanne firmly believes that being an early childhood educator is the very best job!  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 husband Ty, and children Isla and Calvin for the past 9 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, exploratory, and stimulating education in an environment where students are safe, welcomed, and supported. BEEP is a great place to be! 

 

Gracy Carpenter- Preschool Educator

After attending the University of California at Berkeley (where I received my Bachelors in Integrative Biology) and living in the San Francisco Bay Area for eight years I returned to Pinedale, my childhood home, to raise my family. I am the proud Mom of Symon and Yulia Carpenter. I began my formal early childhood career, outside of my home, here at BEEP in September of 2017. 

I love the magic that is childhood—adventure, growth, play and problem solving in the midst of raw emotion. I am passionate about being outside as much as possible to facilitate that magic. I have a very strong image of children and believe they are beautiful humans that deserve my respect and love. This informs my practices as an educator in all ways and influences the tasks they are expected to perform for themselves and the incredible amount of teamwork we will embark on together.

 

Jenna Mergl Infant Room Educator

Jenna was born and raised in Southern California, on a ranch amongst all her family. She graduated with her Bachelors Degree in 2011, from Chapman University. She married Phil Mergl and they have 2 boys, Blake (8) and Colt (5). They encourage both boys in developing entrepreneurial skills, especially in the agricultural field.  They have always had a dream to move to Wyoming. They fulfilled that dream by moving to Boulder, Wyoming, 5 years ago when Phil got hired on to Rocky Mountain Power. They have a small ranch that they love putting their love, dedication and long lasting memories into. 

This will be her 3rd year working with Sublette BEEP in the Infant Room.  She loves working with children in Early childhood development and is encouraged by their curiosity and excitement in learning new milestones. She looks forward to making memories with these amazing children.

 

Laura Schaefer Toddler 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 Park County area. Working in many different settings allowed her passion for early childhood education to spark. After graduating high school, she moved to Laramie, Wyoming to pursue her Bachelor’s degree. Laura and her husband moved to Pinedale in August of 2017 and have both been enjoying the small-town community.

She graduated in May of 2019 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Childhood Development with an Early Childhood Education Director’s Certificate. This will also be her fourth year working in this field. Her enthusiasm in early childhood is evident and she is excited to guide the children while they are at one of their most important stages in life. Watching and supporting her students as they grow and develop is her favorite part of her job, and she is excited to see where this year takes us!

Ashley Simpson Toddler Educatorunnamed

Ashley was born and raised in Northwest Colorado, but has lived in Pinedale the last year with her husband and their children. They enjoy camping, fishing and exploring their new town. 

Ashley taught in an early childhood center in Colorado for four years. When she had children of her own, she took a break to stay at home with them for a while. When her family decided to move to Wyoming, she knew it was time for her to get back into teaching. She loves watching children’s little minds grow and explore. It has always been her passion to help children learn and succeed.  

Heidi Clark Infant Room Educator

Heidi grew up in Star Valley and is Wyoming native.  She is the mother of two children and grandmother to one amazing grandson.  She and her family moved to Sublette County 21 years ago and managed a ranch for 18 years. Heidi and her husband, Lyman, purchased their own cattle three years ago and have been ranching and day working since then. She joined the BEEP staff in March 2019.  Heidi loves children and enjoys seeing them explore new things and assisting them in new discoveries and growth.

 

Ambr SeemanEducator

Ambr has loved encouraging kids for over 20 years in various capacities.  She has worked in early childhood for the past six years and has her CDA. Ambr has worked in the 4-H After School Program and at the Children’s Learning Center, was a 4-H leader, substituted in the schools,  and is a swim referee.  Ambr is also the new High School Girls Swim Coach.  Ambr’s goal is to motivate kids to become the best people they can become.  She does this through working at BEEP and coaching USA swimming to children of all ages.

 

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!