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Mike Winkler

From one front line to another in field of teaching (JBLM Northwest guardian)
As a swarm of students darted through the narrow hallways of Sunnyside High School in Sunnyside, Wash., math teacher and 20-year Navy veteran, Spencer Martin, kept watch from a classroom doorway.

Amongst the shouts of hellos from students, came the voice of a senior that hadn’t uttered a word to Martin since telling him, “I hate you,” during her freshmen year.

Spencer Martin

Army veteran finds his second calling in the classroom (JBLM Northwest guardian)
A huge smile appears on the face of Beachwood Elementary School student Gabby Olter as she talks about two topics that rarely bring a smile to anyone’s face – long division and double-digit multiplication.

For Gabby, that smile comes courtesy of hard work coupled with some help from fifth-grade teacher and retired Lt. Col. Mike Winkler. 

Scott Winter

Veteran not done making a difference
The rhythmic beat of rubber soles as they hit the pavement coupled with the noise of his own exhausted breathing were the only sounds Seaman Recruit Scott Winter could hear as he reached the last leg of a two and a half mile run. His waning concentration was suddenly broken by the sound of his company commander’s voice shouting, “You can do it Winter.” That encouragement he received during the Fall of 1982 is the same thing he strives to give every student that walks through the doors of his classroom at Cedar Park Christian School in Bothell, Washington. Read more about Scott.