Meet Our Wonderful Staff







Samantha Bowen
Director of Early Childhood and Parenting Education Programs


Rebekah loves to make memories by spending time with family and friends enjoying good food and games whether camping in the mountains of the national parks or working in the fields of the family farm. Since childhood she has always cared for animals and played “teacher” with a cheerful and creative spirit which lead to a wonderful career in education. Rebekah is driven by her passions for the arts as she is frequently singing throughout the day, animals as they give a unique perspective into your soul and unconditional love, and quality education as she shares the gifts and power of knowledge with the children and families she serves. She is delighted to join the team here at WWCC and looks forward to the future!

“The best thing about teaching is seeing the world through a child’s eyes."

" You have brain's in your head. you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..." - Dr. Suess "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

Rebekah Boyd
Program Manager of Early Childhood and Parenting Education Programs


Staci enjoys reading, playing with dirt, recreating “Chopped” with the few ingredients she can find in her fridge, and adventuring with her family in the great outdoors.  She is inspired by interesting information, beauty in nature, and seeking out experiences that make life enjoyable.  Staci is passionate about working with children and parents because she finds true joy in involving the whole family in the educational journey.  To Staci, young children and their families are the best and most important place to provide support and encouragement.  The educational journey to become a teacher started before her first memories.  Staci was always the babysitter at functions and could be found reading stories or organizing “school” with anybody who would participate.  She was lucky to have always ”known” that this was what she wanted to do with her life.

 “The best thing about teaching is developing relationships and sharing ideas that inspire or encourage.”

Staci Gloyn
Parent Educator (Burbank & Waitsburg)
Wednesday Toddler Teacher
Adjunct Faculty


Linda McKiernan
Parent Educator (Pomeroy)


Sue Westergard
Parent Educator (WWCC & College Place)




BJ Cannon
Preschool Teacher (Pomeroy)


Janet Clark
Preschool Teacher (WWCC - T/TH)


Cle Ella Mattox-Sapp
Preschool Teacher (Burbank)


Valerie Neuschwander
Preschool Teacher (WWCC- M/W/F)
Tot Spot Teacher

Whether digging in the dirt with her son, backpacking in the Olympics with friends, dancing to music, or picking sweet blackberries with her husband on an early August morning, Rebecca has always believed that learning through doing, using all of our senses, making connections, being curious, and exploring are all at the heart of meaningful education.  As a teacher, this philosophy has led her down many paths, from teaching outdoor environmental education, yoga, creative movement, early childhood education, and expeditionary learning – to integrating these into her 10+ years of teaching elementary school at public alternative schools in Washington and New York.  Through the Parent Child Center, Rebecca hopes to bring her experiences, joy, and love of teaching to her parent toddler classes and the WWCC community.

“The best thing about teaching is making connections with children and families.”

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi

Rebecca Rutzick
Toddler Teacher (Thursday)
Adjunct Faculty

Andrea Unck is a Walla Walla native who enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.  Her interests include gardening, landscape design, walking/hiking, and crafting.  Andrea was raised on a wheat farm and still resides on the family farm where she dabbles in chicken farming and tending a vegetable garden.  Nature has always inspired Andrea.  In the past decade she has studied the profound influence that nature (or lack thereof) has on a child’s development.  She has always believed that learning and development are enhanced when nature’s elements are at play.  She has the dream of one day creating a large community garden that invites children to come and experience the wonders of nurturing a garden.

“The best thing about teaching is experiencing the many ways children can amaze you.”

“Children are miracles.  Believing that every childis a miracle can transform the way we design for children’s care. When we invite a miracle into our lives, we prepare ourselves and the environment around us.  We may set out flowers or special offerings. We may cleanse ourselves, the space, or our thoughts of everything but the love inside us.  We make it our job to create, with reverence and gratitude, a space that is worthy of a miracle! Action follows thought.  We can choose to change. We can choose to design spaces for miracles, not minimums.”  - Anita Rui Olds, 1999

Andrea Unck
Toddler Teacher (Friday)
Adjunct Faculty


Cara Watts
Preschool Teacher (Waitsburg)

Susan Willard graduated from Walla Walla University with a degree in English long, long ago.  She discovered she loved working with little ones while working in a lab school for a psychology class.  Her graduate work is in Child Development from Pacific Oaks College, in Pasadena, CA.  It was there, in their children's school where she learned to value play, the arts and the importance of emergent curriculum in classrooms for young children.  After spending twenty years at home, raising up five children, she is thrilled to be planning play once again. 



Susan Willard
Preschool Teacher (College Place)





Catherine Wolpert
Community Partnerships Instructor