Teacher Spotlight: Jeff Winget

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By Julie Johansen

Teaching at Emery High is where Jeff Winget always wanted to be.

The 2016-2017 school year gave him the opportunity to become the language arts instructor for juniors and sophomores at the school. Even though Winget had taught for 13 years it was his first year at his alma mater.

After graduation Winget fulfilled an LDS mission to Chile. Upon returning he received an english degree from Southern Utah University in language Arts with a minor in Spanish.

Winget has had other teaching assignments, including teaching at Cottonwood Treatment Center, a residential treatment center, for one and a half years. He also taught at the Lake Powell School in Bullfrog for six years. This school included instruction for 6-12th grades. He also taught at both Pinnacle and Carbon High schools. While at Pinnacle he met his wife Shanda where they both worked in the language arts department. Together they have four children and reside in Orangeville. They were privileged to purchase his grandfather Peacock’s home. Shanda also works for the Emery School District, teaching at Canyon View and San Rafael.

When asked about his concerns and passions, Jeff said writing has become his passion but is also the most time consuming. He feels that each written assignment needs not only correction but feedback to help students learn. When asked why he chose education other than the fact that he comes from a long line of educators, he noted while on his mission he realized that he had a passion for teaching and possessed the skills necessary to teach. Jeff is a little anxious, as are all affected educators, anticipating the transition of the sixth and ninth graders in the district in the coming school year.

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