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Teacher Feature: Jeanette Winslow


October 16, 2019

Jeanette Winslow was 23 when, with her husband Steve, she moved to Lincoln for her first teaching job in 1986.

Winslow has worn many hats over the years, including Family Consumer Sciences teacher, school librarian and a Tech Coordinator.

While teaching in Lincoln, Winslow helped a lot of Lincoln kids develop the skills they would use later in life, and even served as the class advisor for the class of 1993, which included the BVD's Erin Dey. She travelled to California with the class where they visited Disneyland and Venice Beach. A big educational experience for the group of students from Lincoln MT.

In 2003, she made the move to East Helena so her family could be closer to her husband's job. There she began work as the librarian but moved on to become the Technology Coordinator for the entire school district. Nevertheless, they kept their connection to Lincoln, renting out their house to a long-term renter.

After retiring last year Jeanette went to work for an estate sales company in Helena. And, after a phone call this summer asking her to come back to Lincoln to teach part-time, she immediately found herself working more than ever.

Winslow currently teaches Family Consumer Sciences Monday and Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. She shares the role with two other teachers who teach the classes on Wednesday and Thursdays.

Her goal for her students is to teach them real life home management skills, including how to make nutritious meals from scratch, budgeting, social skills and construction skills through learning to sew. She also teaches them how to find accurate information on the internet to solve problems the students may come across in all areas of their life.

Her goal for the program is to help it grow so the next teacher can build it up even further. The Family Consumer Sciences program is currently in need of better sewing machines. This would allow the students to work on bigger and better projects. Ten Chromebooks are also needed to help the students with their research projects. This would give each student access to the internet to allow for more in depth research during class.

Winslow would appreciate anyone in the community who could donate new sewing machines or service the current machines.

Please contact Jeanette Winslow through the school at 362- 4201 for more info.


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