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 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 Parent Educator
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
Hola! My name is Mary Longart. I am the bi-lingual Parent Educator. I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. My son Thomas and I moved to Casper in 2015 from Caracas. My husband Philip and I married in 2016 and I became the proud stepmother for our daughter Esa.
I love helping people and support them because, as an immigrant, I know and understand the struggle of having family with different culture. My biggest struggle was learning the language and a new lifestyle.
I originally received my bachelor’s in accounting in Venezuela. However, I am passionate about helping families and children. I have access to resources that can help immigrant families and children.
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to start questioning." ~ Albert Einstein
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