WDE, PTSB announce Retention and Recruitment Task Force Members

    (Cheyenne, WY) – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) has announced its Retention and Recruitment Task Force; the mission of the task force will be to develop recommendations for state policymakers, district-level, and school-level staff to increase efforts to positively impact the education workforce.

    The task force is composed of 25 members: three district superintendents, one personnel director, one school counselor, three principals, 10 teachers, one preservice teacher, three educators who have left the profession, one parent, two post-secondary representatives, and one industry representative.

    Task force members include:

    • Superintendent – Gillian Chapman, Jackson.
    • Superintendent – John Goldhardt, Laramie.
    • Superintendent – Shane Ogden, Meeteetse.
    • Personnel Director – Tanya Wall, Rawlins.
    • School Counselor – Mary Litman, Casper.
    • Principal – Christina Mills, Shoshoni.
    • Principal – Tiffany Rehbein, Cheyenne.
    • Principal – Nathan Tedjeske, Cody.
    • Teacher – Chase Anfinson, Glenrock.
    • Teacher – Alexis Barney, Ranchester.
    • Teacher – Charles Fournie, Cheyenne.
    • Teacher – Megan Garnhart, Sheridan.
    • Teacher – Suzanne Masek, Lander.
    • Teacher – Jeannette McCoy, Casper.
    • Teacher – Nancy Nelson, Greybull.
    • Teacher – Darci Ostermiller, Powell.
    • Teacher – Caryn Pursley, Rawlins.
    • Teacher – Zach Schneider, Casper
    • Preservice Teacher – Sarah Turner, Laramie.
    • Previous Educator – Diana Espy, Rawlins
    • Previous Educator – Iva Moss, Arapahoe.
    • Previous Educator – Andrea Wood, Crook County.
    • Parent Representative – Carrie Murthy, Laramie.
    • Postsecondary Representative – Alan Buss, Laramie.
    • Postsecondary Representative – Teresa Stauffer, Gillette.
    • Industry Representative – Dan Benford, Cheyenne.

    The task force will have its first meeting on February 11, 2023, in Casper. 


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