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Jennifer Van Winkle

  • Program: Personal Interest/Leisure Learning

    Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Education; Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction; Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

    Has Taught at SCC Since: 2001

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: SCC: 24 years

    Describe your teaching philosophy.

    Ultimately, learning should be a life-long endeavor. Therefore, I want to offer people opportunities to learn new skills whenever possible. Hands-on is my preferred approach. I enjoy watching people put their new skills into practice, and if I’m lucky, me as well.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?

    Teaching at a community college affords me the opportunity to work with adults who are interested in expanding their skill set and exploring their interests. I like the informal setting mixed with the wide array of students from every walk of life.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?

    There are several different areas that I teach, so it depends on the course. But, in general, I’m very organized and thoroughly prepared. I believe that most people leave with practical information and hands-on experiences that they can replicate at home.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?

    I'm a 24-year veteran of the public classroom. I’ve also been a life-long learner, so I bring that curiosity and eagerness to try new things to the classroom. Many of my classes focus on creative projects. I feel that my exposure to different countries through travel also provides a welcoming environment. In addition, I’ve had a lot of experience with technology, which allows me to help those who are still finding their comfort zone. I serve in many leadership capacities, therefore delivering instruction and directions is very natural.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?

    My greatest joy when working with students is the insight they bring to the class. So many of them have such interesting perspectives, and it only enhances my classes.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

    SCC is well-known and well-respected around the state. It’s nice to be associated with a top-notch facility and program. I appreciate SCC’s efforts to stay on top of the technology and facilities as well.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?

    I’ve been working with Scrapfest for more than 17 years, and that event has been a success throughout that time. It’s a great deal of fun, and I enjoy watching the women who strive to preserve the memories of their loved ones through this medium. I love when they show me what they’ve accomplished using a class layout or a tip that I’ve shared.

    What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?

    I'm an avid Husker fan, and I attend musicals as often as possible. I love spending time with my family and traveling when time allows.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?

    I grew up riding horses and still enjoy that pastime.