What’s Been Happening


BEEP staff attended the 2017 Cowboy State Early Childhood Conference at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming.  We had a great two days building our team and preparing our minds for the 2017/2018 School year. Our educators learned about a variety of diverse topics.  Just to name a few; brain development, active shooter/violent intruder response, hearing loss, workforce development, kindergarten readiness, the therapeutic classroom, understanding adverse childhood experiences and immunizations.

We came home with several new ideas that we look forward to implementing in the BEEP program including sign language, more structured physical activities, creating a natural environment and emergent curriculum.

We are thankful to Wyoming Early Childhood Association(WECA), Wyoming Statewide Training and Resource System(STARS), Wyoming Department of Family Services, and the Wyoming Department of Health for putting on this conference. We are also thankful for Wyoming Quality Counts and the Department of Workforce Services that provided the grant that allowed us to attend this conference.



Heidi was raised in Northern Illinois and moved to Wyoming in 2009. After graduating with a degree in Social Work from Utah State University in 2015, she moved to Pinedale and began working as a Social Services Aide for the Department of Family Services (DFS) for the last year and a half. Heidi has always had a passion for working with children and their families. She believes early education plays a crucial role in instilling strong supports needed for future family success. Through her experience with DFS, she has had the opportunity to work closely with many of Sublette County’s educating professionals and has been thoroughly impressed with their work and dedication to this community and it’s youth. She is proud and excited to begin working side-by-side with such passionate and hardworking individuals.

In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, boating, traveling, and spending time with her family – especially spending time with her nieces and nephews. Heidi is excited to begin this new chapter of her life here at BEEP and would like to wish everyone a great start to the school year!



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
Gracy Carpenter

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!