Meet Our Staff
Our staff has a strong commitment to building a relationship with our clients in order to serve them efficiently. We believe that the partnership between our parent educators and the parents we work with is crucial to building a trusting relationship. Trust, and partnership are the foundation to supporting our parents.
Susan Buettgenback Program Supervisor
Hi! I am Susan Buettgenback, and I have been the Program Supervisor for the Parents as Teachers Program here in Natrona County since August of 2016. Before that, I was the Natrona County Parent Educator from August 2013-August of 2016. Originally from Nebraska, my husband, 3 children and I, have lived in Wyoming since August of 2012. I graduated from Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney) with a K-6 Teaching degree and a minor in Sociology, with an emphasis on Family Life and Functions. After teaching Preschool and Substituting in various school systems for a couple of years, we moved to Alliance NE, where I had the opportunity to help develop a Family Literacy Program known as Even Start. The Program provided Adult Education and ESL classes, Home Visits and a High/Scope Preschool experience. We also developed an Infant/Toddler Curriculum based on High/Scope. We then moved to the beautiful town of Ord, Nebraska, where I taught Head Start for 5 years before purchasing an existing Childcare program. I owned and operated The Kid Zone for 8 years, getting to interact with children 6 weeks through 12 years of age on a daily basis.
Having the opportunity to help create a Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program and share its strengths-based Curriculum with families and other agencies, has truly been a rewarding experience. This program helps parents to believe in themselves and become advocates for their children. I love partnering with parents to build a solid foundation on which their child will develop, learn and grow to their full potential.
"Children do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care."- Teddy Roosevelt
Ruthie Cann Parent Educator
Hello, I am Ruthie and I am a Casper and Wyoming native. I started my career at the early age of sixteen as an assistant teacher for the Head Start program. I also started a family at sixteen. I often reflect on how I could have learned more about parenting if they had a Parents as Teachers program when I was a teen mom.
At the age of twenty-three I received a welding certificate. Welding supported me and my family for the next thirty years. After retiring from welding I lived my dream of going to college. I received my Associates in Science in General Studies from Casper College.
After graduation I started working for the Casper Family Literacy Program. I received my Infant/Toddler Credential and became the Lead Teacher in the Infant/Toddler classroom. After three years of working at Casper Family Literacy the program was defunded. I was asked to join the Parents as Teachers program of Natrona County as a Parent Educator.
I feel I have come full circle from the days of Head Start. I have found my passion in early childhood education. I am continuing coursework in early childhood education at Casper College.
When I am not engaging with families, I am spending quality time with my six grandchildren, age’s twenty-six to seven. I also have a three-year-old great grandson and use what I have learned from this program to help the family with topics such as potty training and positive discipline to name a few.
"The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out." - Bill Gates Sr.
Stacey Walworth Parent Educator/Project Specialist
Hello! My name is Stacey Walworth and I am Parent Educator/Project Specialist. I came to work with Parents as Teachers the end of May 2017. I received my Bachelors in Human Services: Child and Family Services through University of Phoenix and graduated in October 2016.
My “modern family” consists of 4 boys and 1 girl. Yes, 4 boys and the youngest is our girl. She knows she is a princess! My husband and I have been together over 7 years but just tied the knot in 2016.
When I decided I wanted to go back to school, the first step is knowing what you want to be when you grow up. For me, I knew I wanted to help people. I have been in need, and used every program I knew of. My journey was long and painful, but I finally pulled myself up, and into a life I am proud of and happy with.
And this is the reason I joined the team at Parents as Teachers.
My good friend (and now, fellow educator) told me Parents as Teachers was hiring. When she told about the program I knew this is where I wanted be. Every parent struggles, and every parent does the best they can with the information they have. Parents as Teachers strives to support individual parenting styles, and provide as much information as parents need. This includes understanding their child's development, the importance of routines, and temperament, and also connecting parents to the resources to help them reach their goal and build their life. There is so much more to this program, and it is successful because we build a relationship with the family. This helps us understand their culture, and what is important to them. Every family is as different as the individuals within it. Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher!
"A jug fills drop by drop" ~Buddha~
Nicole Wilson Parent Educator
Hello. I am Nicole and I have a passion for people. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have 3 children. I have been working with children since I started babysitting at age 11. I have always loved children and I enjoy their wonder and the look on their faces when they experience something new. When I started college in 2007, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet until I learned that I could get a degree in Early Childhood Education. I started college pregnant with my youngest and I went on to receive my associates degree at Casper College. I enjoyed college and have always loved learning to I continued on to receive my Bachelor's in Professional Child Development from the University of Wyoming. Since graduating in 2013, I have worked with children and adults of all ages at The Science Zone and that sparked an interest in teaching adults as well. I was introduced to Parents as Teachers by a friend and jumped on board, excited to help parents. I love the program because it focuses on strengths and what a parent is doing well while supporting them in the areas where they want help. At parents as teachers, I can truly live my passion for people by helping them discover their own strengths and work toward their dreams.
"Children learn to smile from their parents." Shinichi Suzuki
Meet our Advisory Board
Our advisory board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. They work hard to support and promote our program and families.
I am Lisa Brown, the Family and Parenting Specialist with Mercer Family Resource Center as well as the co-chair of the Family and Parenting Subcommittee with the Natrona County Prevention Coalition. I have been doing this for 3 years. I have my Bachelors degree in Family Life and am a Certified Family Life Educator from Brigham Young University. I am passionate about our community and giving families safe, substance free events and activities to strengthen families and youth in our community.
I am a proud mother of two and grandmother of five wonderful grandchildren. I am a retired teacher. I taught elementary students for 28 years. The last ten years of my career I worked for special education in Natrona County. I served two years in Wyoming's House of Representatives.
Hi there! My name is Sheena and I wear many hats. Haha! I am a mom of 3 beautiful daughters, a wife to my high school sweetheart, and a friend to the best tribe a girl could ask for. I also was enrolled as a parent in Parents as Teachers AND am a former parent educator. Currently I work for Mercer Family Resource Center as their After-School Program Specialist, and I also sit on the Natrona County Prevention Coalition. I graduated in 2018 with a Bachelors in Social Work and a minor in psychology. And in 2019 I was sworn in as a member of the Evansville Town Council.
My journey with Parents as Teachers has been incredible. I enrolled when my youngest was born 6 weeks early, back when Parents as Teachers was a brand-new program to Natrona County. My parent educator became one of my biggest cheerleaders, always offering encouragement and insight without ever making me feel judged… and believe me, she’s seen some chaos in my life! Haha! But when I thought I was barely doing an okay job at being a parent, she showed me that I was doing a great job! She pointed out my strengths as a parent and helped me realize the importance of what I was already doing as a mom. She taught me how to nurture my children’s developmental skills, shared some discipline techniques that calmed our chaos, and helped me understand the importance of routines. She also encouraged me to chase my own dreams in the process. Armed with a curriculum full of nifty handouts on time management and goal setting, my parent educator showed me how I could balance it all and still achieve my goals. And the best part? Mom-guilt doesn’t stand a chance against the fact that when it comes to the time we spend with our children, quality trumps quantity. Parents as Teachers taught me how to make the most out of the moments. Sitting on the Advisory Board is my way of giving back to such an influential piece of my journey.
I'm excited for the future and helping make Parents as Teachers a household name here in Natrona County. I truly believe in their mission and my dream is to see as many families succeed the way my family has, thanks to Parents as Teachers.
"Parents create the environment in which learning happens, therefore they are their child's first and most important teacher." ~Mahatma Ghandi
Rodney Oster graduated from the UW Masters of Social Work program in May of 2017. He graduated with his BSW in 2010 from UW and also received an Associates in Addictionology degree from Casper College. After graduating Rodney began a new journey and currently works for the Natrona County School District as a school counselor for Lincoln Elementary. Previously Rodney worked for Casper College in the GEAR UP program for two years. Rodney also completed an internship with Mercer House and was the Assistant Coordinator of the Youth Empowerment Council (YEC) for five years. Rodney has a great passion for working with the youth and enjoys making a difference in the lives of others.
Rodney has a wife and three beautiful children. His oldest son Michael is attending Stanford University to obtain a degree in Engineering. He also has a daughter Zuri and son Ziah still living at home. His wife has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UW and is a fitness instructor. Rodney enjoys running, fishing, working with his hands, playing music and spending as much time as he can with his wife and children.
I was born and raised in Casper, educated here, and taught at KW for 28 years. I taught Family and Consumer Sciences, which included Family Life, Child Development, Foods and Food Service, and Sports Nutrition. My favorites were Family Life and Child Development, but every class gave me the chance to talk to my students and try to build relationships. Toward the end of my teaching career, I became an at-risk coordinator for Kelly Walsh. I retired in 2008, and decided I wasn't done with kids and education, so I ran for the school board, and am now in my 5th year.
My husband Jerry was also a teacher, CTE, and he coached Wrestling and Football (hence the beginning of Sports Nutrition). We have two grown children, and 3 grandchildren, who are the coolest kids ever!
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