Meet our new Chief Education Officer Eric Winkles, Ed. D.
VP/Chief Program Officer-Education
- Tell us about yourself.
My wife and I were both born and raised in St. Louis. We have been married for 13 years and have four children – Jackson, 10, Ava, 8, Gannon, 3, and Hattie, 18 months. We stay busy with our kids’ sports including ice hockey, soccer and dance. I have been in education for 17 years and have worked in general and special education settings throughout my career. I received my doctoral degree in educational leadership from St. Louis University.
- How did you get into education?
I got into education because of my first grade teacher, Mrs. Lane. Mrs. Lane was the most caring, wonderful teacher I ever had. I went back to my elementary school when I was in college to see Mrs. Lane and talk about my future. After our meeting I switched from a business major to an education major.
- Why did you decide to join Great Circle?
I wanted to be part of an organization that provided me with the opportunity to feel a strong sense of purpose. I feel strongly about the importance of an organization’s vision, mission, and core values. Great Circle’s vision, mission, and core values attracted me to the organization.
- What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have been skydiving. When I was in my early 20’s I spent about 8 hours “training” to skydive and jumped out of a plane later that day.
- What impact will the Webster Groves school renovations and new addition have for students?
The school renovations and new addition will provide a trauma-sensitive setting that will help maximize the benefits of therapy and teaching. The new school space will provide all stakeholders with a modern, motivating learning environment.