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Educator Spotlight: Heather Winn
Heather Winn is the Family and Consumer Science/4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Cherokee County; she has been employed by OCES for 23 years.
Heather was a 9-year member of 4-H in Muskogee County and served as a State 4-H Vice-President in 1990-91. Due to her participation in 4-H she chose to pursue higher education at Oklahoma State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences, Home Economics Education and Community Services. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Heather began her career with OCES in McCurtain County as 4-H/FCS (Special Project ES/WIC). In 2002, Heather moved to Cherokee County as a 4-H educator then in 2004 became the FCS educator.
Heather has been involved in wide variety of FCS and 4-H programs for youth and adults. She is a member of the Health, Hunger, and Resilience Issue Teams. She has conducted a variety of nutrition lessons including youth and adult cooking schools. Heather enjoys teaching food preservation classes. She believes it is important for clientele to know a variety of ways to preserve the foods they enjoy eating all year round. She was a member of the 2012 Updated School Nutrition Standards Training Team.
Heather has also coordinated with county schools to conduct the Farm to You exhibit for elementary students. She received a grant through the Cherokee Nation for funds to begin an educational garden. In a collaborative effort with her Agriculture and 4-H educator their team teaches youth adults and families how to grow their own produce, and then provide them with hands-on cooking demonstrations and healthy recipes. She attended the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, Texas to gain knowledge and ideas to assist local schools participating in the state-wide farm to school program.
Heather loves to teach Yoga for Kids. Yoga is calming for kids, but it’s also a fun, noncompetitive, sometimes sneaky way to get kids to be physically active. Most of her yoga classes are in the after-school programs county-wide. The kids always want to know when she’ll be back and it’s never soon enough even though it’s a weekly program during the fall or spring school semesters.
In addition, she also conducts numerous programs in areas of financial education, and parenting. Heather also enjoys working with the Cherokee County Oklahoma Home & Community Education groups.