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
Stacey Walworth Family Support Specialist/Project Specialist
Hello! My name is Stacey Walworth and I am a Parent Educator/Project Specialist. 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. My husband and I have been together since 2010 but just tied the knot in 2016.
I came to work with Parents as Teachers the end of May 2017. I have always known 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. This is the reason I joined the team at Parents as Teachers. Every parent struggles, and every parent does the best they can with the information they have. Every family is as different as the individuals within it.
"A jug fills drop by drop" ~Buddha~
Nicole Wilson Family Support Specialist
Hello. I am Nicole and I have a passion for people. I have 3 wonderful children of my own and 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. I started college in 2007 pregnant with my youngest and I went on to receive my associates degree from Casper College. I enjoyed college and have always loved learning. 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
Alaura Tuft Family Support Specialist
Hello! My name is Alaura and I’m excited to be a part of the PAT team. Originally from Rock Springs, Wyoming I've spent the last six years figuring out where I fit into the complex network of early childhood and educational programs. I started my journey as a teacher’s aide, and after moving to Laramie, Wyoming, I was promoted to Assistant Teacher while with Laramie Headstart. I moved to Casper in 2019 to continue my education, and received my Associates of Psychology from Casper College in spring of 2020. I am currently pursuing my Bachelors of Psychology through the University of Wyoming’s outreach program. While my educational focus is the mind, my passion for curiosity and discovery is what keeps me involved in the early childhood field. My favorite part of learning is using play to explore and understand the world, and my favorite part of work is seeing how resilient children and families are, and being able to support them in ways that are meaningful to them.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” -Aristotle
Lorenza Trevizo- Bilingual Family Support Specialist
I'm Lorenza Trevizo and I am the Bi- Lingual Parent Educator For Parents as Teachers. I started working in early childhood education in 2011 and with PAT in 2020. My family and I are originally from New Mexico and moved to Casper in 2007. We fell in love with Wyoming and have stayed here since. I enjoy working with families and sharing the opportunities Wyoming has to offer. I have 4 wonderful children and a family that keeps growing. I also enjoy outdoor activities( hunting and rafting on the river) and most things that are family friendly ( Game nights and movies). Family has always meant so much to me and I'm truly blessed to be a part of the PAT family. Working with Spanish speaking families has been a big part of my life since moving to Casper and I hope to share with all what I have learned, and am still learning, to help further grow our community.
Be The Light! Matthew 5:14
Chavely Cruz- Bilingual Family Support Specialist
Hello! My name is Chavely. I am the newest bilingual parent educator for Parents as Teachers. I am very excited to be part of this wonderful program. I am originally from Cuba. I have been living in Wyoming for 5 years. I have an Associates Degree in Pre-Medicine from Casper College and I am currently working on obtaining my Bachelors in Biology from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. My goal in life is to be a family doctor and help families to get involved in the community. I volunteer in the English as a Second Language program at Casper College. Being part of this program has given me the opportunity of being a supporter of the cognitive, emotional, motor and language children’s development as they grow up. My favorite part of work is seeing the success of children as they reach their full potential on each stage of development.
“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping, and fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body and bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.” ~ David Sobel
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