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Faculty & Staff

Co-Directors of Learning Center and Developmental Studies:

Liane Lamb
Assistant Professor of Developmental Education
Phone: 307-382-1825
Office Rm 2051
M.A. in Adult/Post-Secondary Education, University of Wyoming
B.S. in Public/Corporate Communications, minor in Business Administration, Butler University

I have been an instructor in one capacity or another for thirty years. I have taught both juveniles and adults and I am currently the co-director of the Learning Center and an instructor at WWCC in Rock Springs where I teach the ASE/ABE/ELA programs and classes in addition to Option III which is a high school credit recovery program for at risk students. I have taught at WWCC for the past sixteen years and I love my job. Before teaching at WWCC, I worked for ten years teaching individuals with developmental disabilities practical work skills on the job. I have also taught water aerobics classes at the Green River Recreation Center for the past 17 years.

My teaching philosophy can be summed up in a proverb that states: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Adult education should enable students to problem solve and use critical thinking to improve their lives. The information should be shared in a way that the student is an integral part of the learning process and as a result they are better equipped to solve their own problems in life.

In matters outside of work, my family loves animals and the great outdoors. We have three horses, three dogs, and three cats. We practically live outdoors and are constantly on the go from sun-up to sundown. We golf, hunt, fish, boat, hike, ski, water ski, ride horses, four wheelers, bicycles and street motorcycles. Our life philosophy is to work hard so we can play hard.

Stacie Lynch Newberg, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Developmental Education
(307) 382-1826
Office 1412
Ed.D. University of Wyoming
M.S. University of Wyoming
B.S. University of Idaho

I am originally from Idaho; I grew up in McCall and Sweet Idaho and became an avid skier and whitewater rafter with my parents. My husband, Chuck and I now take our two boys skiing and boating whenever we can. I worked for the Payette National Forest fighting fires before moving to Rock Springs and joining the WWCC teaching staff. When I was a part time instructor I taught downhill skiing, snow shoeing, Cultural Anthropology and North American Indians. Now as a full-time instructor, I teach developmental mathematics for Adult Basic Education and college students.

I am the chair of the Building Student Connections (B-Team) and co-advisor to the Association for Non-Traditional Students plus serve on three community boards: YWCA Big Brother Big Sister, YWCA Safe House and Rock Springs Swim Club.

Linda Baker
Adult Basic Education Instructor /ELA Instructor, Pinedale Outreach
B.A. English and Spanish, Utah State University

I teach High School Equivalency and English Language Acquisition in the Pinedale Learning Center. I've worked for the WWCC Learning Center for 3 years, with previous experience teaching middle school English and Spanish. I treasure the lessons learned from my adult students and love my job! In summer I can be found in my huge vegetable garden, fishing our lakes and rivers, or hiking in the Wind River Range. In winter I'm usually skiing some backcountry trail when I'm not teaching. I also volunteer my free time to a non-profit organization based in Pinedale.

Jayne Barnes
Adult Basic Education Instructor, Star Valley Outreach
(307) 886-9333
B.A. Elementary Education Western Governors University

I was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana. I attended Ball State University for two years majoring in Political Science and Natural Resources. While there, I worked for the Ball State University Police Department. Then I moved across the nation to Provo, Utah and attended BYU, majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice, and worked for their police department. I met and married my husband of (now) 34 years there, and began working for the Orem City Police Department. I later moved to Wyoming with my husband and 4 children. I worked for the school district in the Special Ed department, then at the age of 43, I finished my Bachelor's degree in Education with a teaching certificate. I have worked for WWCC for 10 years as an Outreach ABE/ESL/HSEC instructor. I love shooting and participate in about 80 hours of tactical handgun training a year. I also enjoy dancing, old movies and watching local high school sports. I have 5 beautiful grandchildren with one more currently on the way. I live in Star Valley.

Mindy Barragan
ELA Instructor
(307) 382-1829
ESL Endorsement, University of Utah
B.S. Elementary Education, Brigham Young University

I've taught elementary school for nine years in Utah. I've also worked several years teaching literacy as a volunteer/private tutor. Teaching energizes me! It is amazing to see students learn something new. I love being a part of the WWCC staff because the students are so great! They are energetic, fun, and hard working. I enjoy watching them progress; knowing that this knowledge will bless their lives. My family and I came from Utah about a year ago. Becoming acquainted with the people from Wyoming has been a great experience. I love to read, cook, travel and spend time with my family.

Laurie Carollo
Adult Basic Education Instructor, Green River Center
Green River Center, Room 110
B.A. Psychology, Humboldt State University

I have enjoyed working with high school equivalency students in our open lab setting since 2006. My goals include fostering a growth mindset in all students and assisting them in discovering strategies that will help them succeed in our program and beyond.

Laura Chew
English as a Second Language Instructor
Office: Room 1307
B.A. University of Rochester
CELTA University of Cambridge

I have been an ELA (English Language Acquisition)/ABE (Adult Basic Education)/HiSet (High School Equivalency) instructor for the Learning Center at Western since 2002, however, in summer 2016, I was promoted to full-time faculty position of Instructor of Developmental Studies. As such, I continue to instruct adults in college in the college credit and non-credit classes which are offered through the Learning Center.

My philosophy of teaching adults begins first and foremost with the idea that education is critically important for everyone. Education leads to having more options and making better choices in life. One very important role for me as an instructor is to explain this philosophy to learners through real life experiences, both theirs and mine, and to regularly relate the how and why of learning new information and skills in the classroom to real world situations. A second crucial instructional role for me is to foster a learning environment where students feel relaxed yet challenged, and where it is understood that the responsibility for learning belongs to them. Adults will work hard and persevere through difficult topics especially when they have ownership in their educational processes. My goals as an instructor are to encourage my students to be autonomous life-long learners and critical disseminators of knowledge and to provide these students with the tools necessary to achieve these ideals.

My husband and I were lifelong residents of the east coast until we moved to Rock Springs in 2001 when my husband, Bud, accepted a full-time faculty position in the Biology department at Western. We enjoy living in the west, and our hobbies include hiking with our dogs, playing golf, and traveling in our RV.

Joyce Corcoran
Instructor of Civics and History
307-362-1829 or cell 307-371-1633
BSEd. Recreation Administration/Therapeutic Recreation, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
MAEd. Adult and Secondary Education, University of Wyoming
Arts Management Certificate, North Carolina State University
Rocky Mountain Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government certificate. University of Colorado at Denver

My fifty years of professional experience has been in education, therapeutic recreation, human services, the arts and politics. I have been with western for a little over ten years, teaching high school equivalency at the Sweetwater County Detention Center and for four years, I led the Empowering Parents Program, as well. The people I serve have always been the passion of my life.

I moved to Wyoming in i1980 from Omaha, Nebraska, living first in Cheyenne, Lander and Jackson and then I relocated to Rock Springs in 200 to be near children. I retired from St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming in 2003 where I was the Therapeutic Recreation Director.

Being a public servant is very important to me and I have served on the Rock Springs City Council and the Sweetwater County School District #1 Board of Directors, as well as boards of many organizations in Rock Springs: YWCA, Community Fine Arts Association, BOCES Region #5, Child Development Center, Young at Heart Senior Center, Sweetwater Juvenile Services Board and the Sweetwater Economic Development Association. In Lander, I served as a city council member and was the mayor of the City of Lander. Family and reading are my major pastimes and loving my poodle, Chiquito.

"One person can gently shake the world." - Gandhi

Sue Fahlsing
Lecturer of Developmental Studies
(304) 382-1829
M.F.A. Creative Writing, Ashland University
B.S. English, Ball State University
Teaching Reading and Critical Thinking to Post-Secondary Students Certificate, Cal-State Fullerton

I have been a teacher for over thirty years. I started out teaching English to junior high students in Fruita, Colorado; then, I taught English to high school students in Gillette, Wyoming. I landed my current job here at Western Wyoming Community College in 2000. I teach a variety of classes at WWCC: Writing Skills, Grammar Skills, College Vocabulary, Reading Skills, Speed Reading, Spelling Skills, First Year Success, Internship: Tutor Training, Critical Reading/Critical Thinking, Adult Secondary Education (ASE) Writing and ASE Reading. I have also taught evening English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes, ELA Writing, ELA Conversation, ELA Listening, Basic English I, Basic English II, College Summer Institute, English 1010, and English 1020. In addition, I assist any student (or employee) on writing assignments. I love the variety of students and the variety of classes I teach!

Lifelong learning is a central part of my life. While I have many favorite quotes about teaching, my current favorite is by Oprah Winfrey: "The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." Many students hate to read and/or hate to write. I believe that changing students' attitudes regarding these two important life skills can absolutely change their futures for the better. When not teaching, I enjoy reading, writing, camping, shopping, and traveling. Stop in the Learning Center or in my office to say hi!

Julie Fischer
Adult Basic Education Instructor
(307) 382-1829 and (307) 872-1319
B.A. Philosophy, University of Utah

I enjoy teaching algebra and have a keen interest in conservation issues.

Paula Frey
Adult Basic Education Instructor, Sweetwater County Detention Center
(307) 870-4246
B.S. Secondary Education, Family and Consumer Science with Emphasis in Nutrition, Science Endorsement, Eastern New Mexico University
M.A. Elementary Education with emphasis in Reading, New Mexico Highlands University Administration Certificate, Multicultural Counseling
Also attended University of Utah and Mississippi State College for Women

This is my fourth-year teaching for WWCC. Teaching elementary education for 10 years in New Mexico was very rewarding. I worked as a Reading Specialist for 5 years before we moved to Wyoming. Watching children progress and succeed in reading was amazing. Teaching English as a second Language was a new experience but I enjoyed all of my wonderful students from several countries. Currently I'm teaching high school equivalency at the Detention Center. My students are very diligent as they work to improve their future. Helping my students reach their goals is so rewarding. All students deserve a caring, compassionate, well prepared teacher who is considerate of their learning styles while helping them reach their potential.

I have been a speaker for Christian Women's Club for several years. 21 Keys for Renewing Your Health is my first published book and I also have written several children's books. Spending time basking and working in my greenhouse has been my favorite pastime. Kayaking on any mountain lake or river gives me great joy. I also enjoy reading, writing and hiking.

Linda Irick
Adult Basic Education Instructor, Bridger Valley Learning
(307) 782-6401
M.Ed Educational Technology, Lesley University
B.S. Deaf Education and Elementary Education, Eastern Michigan University

I teach Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency preparation in the evenings in Bridger Valley. During the daytime, I teach in the Mountain View School District where I am a Teacher of the Deaf and Title I Reading teacher aat the Middle School and High School levels. During my 37 years teaching in Mountain View, I have taught every age level of students from preschool through adult. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University where I majored in Deaf Education and Elementary Education with minors in English Language and Literature and Mathematics. I received a Master's Degree from Lesley University in Eduational Technology. I also earned K-12 Reading Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. When not teaching, I enjoy reading, family time and working with young people.

Amy Jensen
Adult Basic Education Instructor, Bridger Valley Learning
B.S. Degree in Psychology, University of Wyoming

Hello from Bridger Valley! I teach ABE, HSEC and ESL at the Valley Learning Center in Mountain View. Although, I've only been in this job for 6 months, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I also tutor at the local high school. Previously, I graduated from UW with a Bachelors degree in psychology. I also worked for 6 years in the GEAR UP program promoting and helping students to go to college. I was born and raised in Bridger Valley and am so grateful to be raising my children here as well. I have 4 kids and have been married for 16 years. My husband and I enjoy spending time with our kids, traveling, and making up adventures. In my free time, I like to read, relax and spend time with friends.

Eva "Noel" Jerningan
Adult Basic Education and ELA Instructor at Kemmerer Learning Center
(307) 248-3258
B.A. Secondary Education with a Major in Spanish and minor in English as a Second Language, Weber State University

I am the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Acquisition (ELA) Instructor for Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) at the BOCES Kemmerer Outreach Site. My focus is to work with students who want to learn or improve their English Communication skills and help students who are working toward High School Equivalency certification. I am dedicated to providing students with a comfortable, safe environment in which they can reach their potential and achieve their goals. I love helping students and I am convinced I have the BEST job! I have lived in Northern Utah for the majority of my life and now I live in Kemmerer with my husband and our kids. We are a football, hunting, and fishing family so Kemmerer is the perfect fit for us! We travel often to see family and friends in Utah. We love to go to sporting events to support the Kemmerer Rangers and the WWCC Mustangs!

Peg Larson
HiSET examiner+

Kara Rummel
High School Recovery and ELA Instructor
(307) 382-1829
M.A. Education, University of San Francisco
Teaching Credential, University of San Francisco
B.A. California State University, Long Beach

This is my 2nd year teaching English Language Acquisition in the Learning Center. I also work with the high school recovery program helping students earn their High School Equivalency and also help high school students who need extra credit to graduate. I have worked in the education field for over almost 15 years. I taught elementary school before I had my first child. I worked part time in special education and then worked with teachers when I worked for McGraw-Hill. I have taught in two different states, California and now Wyoming.

I grew up in Northern California and went California State University Long Beach in Southern California. I now live in Rock Springs with my husband of ten years and our 3 incredible daughters, all of whom have been born in different states, California, North Carolina, and Wyoming. I love to travel and explore new places with my family!

Michelle Schutten
Lecturer of Developmental Education
Phone: 307-382-1829
M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction, University of Montana
B.S. Finance, University of Montana
Teaching Certification in Business and Information Technology Education, University of Montana
CELTA University of Cambridge

The Learning Center at Western is an amazing place to work! Through this center, I am able to empower my students to better their lives by earning a high school equivalency certificate, learning English, or developing college and career skills. I wear many hats at Western. Aside from my primary position as an ABE/ELA and Developmental Studies instructor, I have taken on several other WWCC responsibilities:
  • teaching a variety of classes to international college students and assisting with international club.
  • leading students and community members to Europe, Central America and Australia (several other travel opportunities in the works).
  • educating community members about personal finance.
  • sharing my love for baking and cake decorating through WWCC's Community Education courses (800 students so far and counting!).
In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping and skiing. I also enjoy spending time with my family and making DIY YouTube videos about baking and cake decorating.

Josefina Testini
English as a Second Language Instructor Program Assistant
A.A Office Information Systems, Western Wyoming Community College
English as a Second Language Certificate
Digital Graphic Design Technology Certificate
Administrative Assistant Certificate
Clerk Typist Certificate

I am originally from Venezuela in South America, but now I am a US citizen. I started working in the Learning Center in 2000 and am bilingual in English and Spanish. I work with ELA, ABE and ASE students. My primary duties are grading, testing language levels, tracking attendance, translating, administering language computer programs, calculating Test Mate scores, and more. When I am not working, I enjoy: listening to music, cooking, Zumba, and walk.

Danette Winn
Learning Center Office Assistant
(307) 382-1829

Kyla Woffinden
Adult Basic Education Instructor, Big Piney
(307) 276-3322
B.S. Degree in Elementary Education K-8, Reading Endorsement K-12 from Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID
A.A. Degree in Elementary Education from Ricks College, Rexburg, ID
Clerk/Typist/Receptionist certificate from LDS Business College, Salt Lake City, UT

I teach Title 1 Reading K-2, 6-8 (day classes) and Adult Basic Education (night classes). I have worked for the Learning Center for 5+ years. My other teaching experiences include Five-County Detention Center (Grades 5-12) and Jefferson Jr. High School (Alternative/Behavioral classroom grades 7-8). I enjoy helping others learn and get excited about learning!

I was born in Rock Springs, but only stayed 3 days before I went home to Big Piney, Wyoming, where I was raised! I have 1 sister and 2 brothers. I love to read, sew, tole paint, and crochet dishrags with "scrubbies" in one corner. I inherited my mother's interest in genealogy. I would like to see more of the world. Thus far, I have made it to England twice to meet distant cousins, Scotland (but not where my ancestors are from), and parts of France. I tried the "big" city route by working in downtown Los Angeles, California, but after 10 years moved back to the Rocky Mountains and eventually back where I began in Big Piney!

Kristi Young
Adult Basic Education Instructor
M.A. currently working towards at University of Wyoming
B.S. Biology Education, Brigham Young University

I love working at The Learning Center (TLC)! The faculty and staff are amazing coworkers. We strive hard to provide an individual plan for each student so that each one can be successful. I love teaching in a positive environment which encourages students to add the word "yet" at the end of each "I can't do that" sentence. Teaching and helping people achieve their goals is a very rewarding career.

I teach reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. My reading and writing classes are combined ELA/ABE to provide the basics in language, fluency, and grammar. My ABE math class is structured to provide a strong math foundation for students to progress into the ASE math course provided at TLC. Social studies and science are outlined to review main points in these subjects to prepare students to be successful on the Hi-Set test. My goal as a teacher is to continue learning and improving so that I can help each student reach his/her goals.

In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with my family. In the past year I have traveled to Idaho, Washington, Utah, Arizona, and Italy. I hope this year will bring many exciting and challenging adventures.

For more information, contact the Learning Center at (307) 382-1829 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181