Superintendent Vicki Nance has announced that Weston Winters has been selected by the faculty as the 2016 Teacher of the Year.
“This educator has influenced the lives of students, ranging from pre-school to high school seniors,” said Superintendent Nance. “His love for the Navajo School started when he enrolled as a Navajo fourth grader and continued through high school graduation here.”
After graduating with a health and physical education degree from SWOSU at Weatherford, Winters began his teaching career first as a substitute teacher in 2006 at Navajo. Then in the fall of 2007, he was hired as a faculty member.
This educator has taught life skills not only in his major subject of physical education, but also in drivers’ education, financial management, and health education which are essential skills in students’ success and well-being.
Winters has been active in his classroom leadership, but also in his improvement of the school facilities. He is a believer in goal setting for his students, but he is also admired for his fundraising skills that solicited funds for new equipment and facilities. The Navajo Baseball complex was honored on the state level this past year.
In addition to all these activities, trophies and late nights from ballgames, he values his time with the students the most as that has created many memories for him. He is an encourager not only at athletic events, but also in the personal lives of the students and faculty.
He has incorporated several new activities at the school through the years such as the Red & White games prior to the opening of school, summer baseball camp for elementary students, Alumni ballgames, elementary basketball scrimmages at the high school home games, and summer baseball teams. Winters started the Navajo Baseball Hall of Fame that honored the 1964 State Baseball Champion Team members and their coach Leonard Scalf that evening at the high school basketball game.
His private cheerleaders at school and at home are his wife Christina, a first grade teacher at Navajo, and his three-year-old daughter Emmylou. This family attends services and activities of the Elm and Hudson Church of Christ.
Not only was this recognition displayed on a school plaque and an individual plaque for him, but the honor also included a bucket of gifts and certificates sponsored by 30 local businesses and individuals.
After accepting the award, Coach Winters summarized his feelings to the student body and faculty by saying, “I appreciate the honor and gifts. This award is not just about me, but it includes all of you and the Navajo Public School that has made it so rewarding to be a teacher.”
The announcement was made at the Navajo School Homecoming Pep Assembly on Jan. 29.