Crook County graduate David ‘Scott’ Fields credits former teacher Jan Uffelman for igniting his interest in writing
by Bill Mintiens
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Teaching is a demanding profession and most enter the field not for monetary gain, but to see young people realize their full potential in life.
And teachers love it when former students, now pursuing their passions and dreams, return to the community to share their experiences, successes, and insights.
Jan Uffelman, former Ochoco Elementary School teacher who retired in 2003, had a visit from just such a student this summer. Benefitting from her insight, encouragement, and mentoring, he was happy to share his experiences with both Uffelman and elementary school-age students in the community.
(This article was first published in the Central Oregonian newspaper August 9th, 2012)