Ignite Wyoming stories
Help us celebrate the successes of our amazing educators, staff, students and administrators that are blazing a trail for our future here in Wyoming.
Every flame begins with a spark. As Wyoming explores what’s in store for our future, we can take comfort knowing that one thing is certain: our students are creative, talented, resourceful and resilient, and all of that potential is in great hands. Peek into Cowboy State classrooms to see how educators are igniting Wyoming’s future by sparking students today.
2020 reshaped what society considers essential. Coming from a low-income family, Noelle Clark has always emphasized that every job, and more importantly every person, is valuable. A college degree isn’t necessary to make important contributions to society. Conflict resolution, teamwork and patience are all skills her students practice daily in her classroom.
Alexis Barney, the 2021 Wyoming Educator of the Year, believes that the world needs critical thinkers and lifelong learners. A school community fosters this environment. By exposing her students to different ideas and cultures at a young age, these essential skills will support her students through their education and into adulthood.
High School Theater Teacher
Though most of Zach Schneider’s theatre students take their final curtain call in one of his productions, they never stop performing. Whether it’s a job interview, speaking in front of audiences, or presenting one side of an argument, schools build students’ confidence to be able to perform in each of these situations. It’s a skill that might start on stage, but it persists throughout life.
Elementary Music Teacher
Schools are a real-world microcosm for students. The best public education will prepare them for the relationships, responsibilities and challenges they’ll experience as adults, so it’s vital that they’re always being exposed to different ideas and personalities. As a parent and music teacher, Amy Simpson believes that teaching cooperation and teamwork is the best way to build patterns for success. And it’s the best way to build Wyoming’s future.
Even though Tom Rangitsch insists he wasn’t a great athlete, he was still able to play sports through high school. Attending public school in Kemmerer provided Tom the opportunity . . .
As State Auditor, Kristi Racines thinks in terms of investments. It’s her job is to help decide how Wyoming will spend . . .
Growing up on the north side of Cheyenne, Rachel Martinez was often the only minority student in Advanced Placement classes. Neither of her parents were able to go to college . . .
When Jason Kintzler was in high school, he had to dig through books in the library to find answers. Today, thanks to technology and . . .
Growing up Jayden Parsons always just assumed he would go to college to pursue some kind of corporate job. That’s what everyone does, right?
Wyoming workers are innovative, creative and scrappy. Leaders across industries were born and educated here, and public schools were flash points in their lives as they discovered and pursued their passions. Learn how schools across the state ignited these individuals, and why they believe schools continue to be one of Wyoming’s most critical resources.
Park County School District 6 leverages the RIDE Pilot program to partner with Cody Regional Health as they kick off Health Career Pathways!
Cody, Wyo. (Dec. 1, 2023) – We celebrate the beginning of a remarkable collaboration – the Health Careers Kickoff – forged through the collaborative efforts
CHEYENNE – John Corbin, a high school social studies teacher at Cody High School, has been named the 2024 Wyoming Teacher of the Year in a surprise assembly. Corbin, a Wyoming
Park County School District 6 and Buffalo Bill Center of the West Collaborate for Innovative Pilot Program: Classroom-to-Careers
CODY, WYOMING – Park County School District 6, in partnership with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and other local Park County businesses, is
Cody, Wyo. (May 5, 2023) – With the aging population and increasing healthcare needs, there is a growing demand for healthcare professionals. Cody Regional Health
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