Mr. Winters is teacher in the spotlight


Laura Grady, Staff Writer

This edition of the Stampede’s “teacher in the spotlight” features a teacher with many unique stories and ideas, Mr. Winters. He teaches 7th and 8th grade history. These are some things he had to say in the form of a Q and A.

Question: What made you want to become a teacher?

Mr. Winters: “While in high school I had very positive experiences with the teachers that I had and realized it would be a career that I would like to pursue.”

Question: Do you enjoy working with Junior High students?

Mr. Winters: “I enjoy all the grade levels I teach and coach.  It is nice to see how the students’ progress and mature as they move from 7th to 12th grade.”

Question: What made you want to start running?

Mr. Winters: “I ran in high school for Coach Alex Vezza, and he motivated me to become better.  As I got older, I stayed competitive running and racing with Coach Jacob.  It is a great way to stay in shape and just makes me feel better.”

Question: Did you enjoy being a cross country coach?

Mr. Winters: “I loved coaching Cross Country and still enjoy talking to the athletes.”

Question: Would you say running is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

Mr. Winters: “Running, being outdoors, and hunting would be my top three.”

Question: How long have you been a teacher?

Mr. Winters: “This is year 26 for me!”

Question: When did you start teaching?

Mr. Winters: “Fall of 1994″

Question: What is the best part of teaching?

Mr. Winters: “Seeing the students having success!”

Question: What is the most challenging part of teaching?

Mr. Winters: “Working with so many personalities and trying to get each student to realize that education is the way to a better life.”

Question: Do you plan on teaching at Clearfield for the rest of your career?

Mr. Winters: “I hope to!”

Question: What else would you like the readers to know?

Mr. Winters: “With everything, when you think you are doing the best you can you can always do more!  This goes for your schoolwork, athletics, hobbies, etc.”