Jon Carter was raised on his family farm located near Heart Mountain, Powell Wyoming, and the current home of Heart Mountain New Beginnings. He had many responsibilities as a young boy from irrigating crops to caring for livestock. Jon has always been an outgoing individual and was involved in many extracurricular activities. He was the president of his 4-H Club, Wyoming State Sheep Showman, wrestling team captain, and a four-year letterman. Jon has worked with youth his whole life, from 4-H junior leaders in High School; to coaching five to eighteen year olds in USA wrestling for nineteen years. Jon is a Bronze Certified Coach with the National Coaches Education Program. He has been a substitute teacher in the local Junior High School, and has been actively involved in the education of his own three children. After receiving his JC degree from Northwest College in 1978, he married his wife Gael and took over the family farm in 1980. During his fifteen year farming career, Jon hosted and mentored several young men through the Work Exchange Abroad Program. He taught young men from Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Poland and Ireland. Jon has raised and worked with horses for most of his life. He has extensive experience riding and packing horses in the surrounding mountains. Jon is always looking for an opportunity to educate and can identify an abundance of flora and fauna in the surrounding areas. He is an avid learner and a jack of all trades. He has knowledge of mechanics, welding, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, concrete, and is a talented horse trainer. Jon found his calling when he was employed by an area youth program. He lived with the boys on a daily basis and soon discovered he could make a difference in the lives of the young men in his care. Although the job was very demanding, Jon found it to be incredibly gratifying. Although very satisfied with the rewards of the work, Jon felt there was more he could do for the boys and their families. With this in mind, he started Heart Mountain New Beginnings where he can focus on building men of integrity through education, teaching trade skills, work ethic, Christian values. He can support parents through extensive parent education, and help insure success with a unique aftercare program. Jon and Gael started Heart Mountain New Beginning in 2006.
Born and raised on a farm/ranch in Powell WY, he is the third generation. He is happily married with two children, a girl that is 15 and a boy that is 17. He has worked with horses and mules his entire life, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the boys. Tyler owned and operated his own farm/ranch from 2000 to 2015. He was the foreman for a brick laying company from 1999 to 2007. He is an elder at the New Life Church of Powell as well as a member of their counseling team and the adult Sunday school teacher. He is an American Certified Biblical Counselor, Track One Training, August 2016. Heart Mountain New Beginnings feels fortunate to have him as a team member and respects the positive influence he brings to our students. Tyler models integrity, work ethic and an enthusiasm for the outdoors that helps him connect with our students.
Julie C. Kipp (Professional services available as needed)
Certifications: Wyoming Teaching Certificate, Exceptional Generalist K-12 Education: 1999 Masters Degree in Education, Lesley College. 1994 Special Education Endorsement K-12, MSU-Billings, MT. 1987 Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, MSU-Billings, MT. Professional Experience: District Special Education Case Manager/Parent Coordinator. Computer Lab Teacher, 10 years as a Special Education Teacher, 5 years as an Elementary Teacher. Professional Teaching Standards Board Portfolio Reader, Council of Exceptional Children member.
Rebecca Tillery was raised in Clark, Wyoming. During her childhood Rebecca grew to love the outdoors. She spent most weekends riding horses in the mountains with her family. Rebecca went to Powell for middle and high school, where she was actively involved in track and rodeo.
Rebecca was aware that God had given her a gift of being able to teach others. She studied elementary education at Northwest College and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where her husband was stationed in the United States Army. Rebecca did a yearlong internship in a multiage classroom of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.
Rebecca and her husband moved back to Wyoming to raise their family. Rebecca has substituted for the last five years. She feels that this has helped her become an effective teacher, because she has been able to experience many different classrooms, teaching styles, and students. She also has her Wyoming Teaching Certification.
Rebecca feels that God played an important role in leading her to Heart Mountain New Beginnings. She hopes to not only teach students academics, but also be an encourager in their lives.