Betsy Carlin, MS-ECS spent the first 25 years of her career as a public school teacher and an early childhood program administrator. Currently she splits her time as an on the floor teacher/facilitator in a toddler classroom and as an Early Childhood Consultant specializing in leadership development. This combination allows her to have fresh stories from her classroom to share as she works to promote and raise the status of the early childhood field. She is also a dedicated volunteer leader with experience on multiple boards of directors, including The Children’s Learning Center in Teton and Sublette Counties, Wyoming; the Wyoming Early Childhood Association in the roles of President and VP of public policy; and chair of the NAEYC Affiliate Council. Betsy grew up in Ohio and now resides with her family in Wilson, WY where she loves to hike, bike, and ski.
Lara Mann grew up in the mountains of New England, where she found a love of the outdoors, and comfort in the mountains. After attending college in Idaho, she relocated to Jackson Hole to pursue a masters in Natural Science Education through the Teton Science Schools Graduate Program. After finishing her masters, she started teaching preschool, developing a passion for early childhood education. This is Lara’s fourth year teaching preschool and she continues to learn new things every day from her preschoolers!
Kim Parker arrived in Jackson Hole Wyoming in 1989 for “one ski season”. One ski season quickly became one summer season and then another ski season and the rest is history. Kim spent the first 4 years of her career in Jackson Hole as a lead teacher at a local childcare program, a substitute teacher for the Teton County School District and nanny-ing for local families. In1993 Kim settled in as the head early childhood educator and program director at Pumpkin Patch Preschool. She added a Summer Camp program that quickly became a popular summer option for both local residents and guests to Teton County. For more than two decades, Kim has been a leader in early childhood best practices servicing hundreds of preschoolers. Developmentally appropriate activities are the foundation of the curriculum she has cultivated. Kim has mentored other teachers and early education entrepreneurs, setting them up for success in their own classrooms and programs. Her current and previous volunteer work includes Girl Scout Leader for two troops, Elementary School room mother, Lacrosse Manager, Skating Club of Jackson Hole board, Wyoming Early Childhood Association regional representative, Teton County Childcare Association and the Board of Director’s for The Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community in Wilson. Kim grew up in Vermont and now is raising teenage daughters in Wilson, WY with her husband.