About Me



Mr.
Winters

My teaching career really began when I first started coaching youth travel ice hockey during 2003-2004. My first team I coached was filled with 7-8 year olds. I soon discovered I had a strong passion for working with children and loved witnessing their successes as a result of my influence. That season I knew what career path I would follow. As it turns out, I would be following the same path my mother chose (she has recently retired from another Bergen County district). I graduated college with a B.A. in History, a minor in Psychology, and my K-5 teaching certification. I was fortunate enough to get an interview at Godwin school for the 2007-2008 school year and the rest, as they say, is history.

I have the daily privilege of working with some truly amazing children. I find it remarkable what a child can accomplish with the help of a teacher. One of the most important aspects of my teaching philosophy is school should be fun! I want my students excited on weekday mornings to come to school. My students have plenty of opportunity to interact with one another during partner activities, group projects, center time, and much more. The social development of students at this age is so important! 21st Century Skills must be taught at the youngest of ages and learning to communicate is imperative. The 4 C's of Education (Communicate, Collaborate, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) are the core of my classroom.

I recently completed my Master of Arts in Teaching and an additional 30 credits. My MAT included a concentration in technology, which I have always been a strong advocate for in the classroom. Technology is the wave of the future and students need to be comfortable and knowledgeable with its implementation in education.

As I earlier mentioned, I have been a travel youth ice hockey coach since 2003-2004. I have flown all over the country and to Canada with my teams winning league championship/titles, state championships, and district championships. I formerly ran the beginner program (75 skaters ages 4-8) and Mite travel program (75 players ages 5-8) at my rink for seven years. I also coached ice hockey at Ramsey High School from 2007-2015. Under our coaching staff Ramsey became a public school powerhouse and annual contender for the state title (winning the state title in 2009 and reaching the quarter finals or higher seven out of the eight years we ran the Varsity program). I also worked for USA Hockey for a number of years and worked to establish national initiatives and standards for how youth players would be coached on and off the ice.

When I am not teaching or coaching, I spend my free time with my wife. We are usually out enjoying the great outdoors together - mountain biking, hiking, trail running, snowboarding/skiing (no, that isn't her in the abominable snowman costume), camping, golf, and tennis. Together we have a fluffy little cat, Elmo, who we adore and who my students will learn all about!

 
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