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Jeb Schenck

Semi-retired teacher, neuro-educational speaker & author, photographer and workshop leader

UW degrees: Bachelor’s in education (1972), master’s in curriculum and design (1994), Ph.D. in adult education (1999)

Jeb taught for 42 years in public schools and for UW’s College of Education. He is a consultant and workshop leader in neuro-education, a substitute teacher, an author, and the operator of Schenck Photography. He is Vice-Chair of the Big Horn Basin Nature and Discovery Center and past co-chair for Smoking Waters Art Guild. Jeb is also a Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries instructor.

How did your experience at UW prepare you for your career and role in your community?

“What I learned during my college years continues to have a positive effect on me. The impact upon me, my career, has been enormous, and that in turn has enabled me to help others, here and across the country. I consistently found the staff at all levels approachable and helpful, but I also made a point of reaching out to them. As a student, you experience multiple sets of problems and learn how to handle them, ranging from people from different cultures to the logistics of being a student, such as the distances you have to cover between classes, and learning to manage your own life without parents. Staff is there to help you learn, and that made an enormous difference. I met and got to know world-class experts in different fields and could discuss directly with the professors the problems and questions I had. I made lifelong friends, both students, and staff. I learned that though we might be ‘remote,’ the quality of the education, the impact it can have, it's networking with other researchers around the country made it a superb place to grow and learn.”


Jeb Schenck outside of his home in a field with a large camera
Featured Alumnus Jeb Schenck, a Wyoming educator, photographer, and workshop leader, will speak on August 10th, 2021 in Thermopolis, Wyoming. (Hot Springs County)

Why should Wyoming students attend their state’s university?

“It is small enough to be personal. You can actually talk with your professors. That made all the difference in my success. The courses available will considerably expand your horizons as you acquire skills and knowledge about things you never knew existed. Although we are rural, the university is still highly linked to what is happening and developing around the world. We are up to date. UW has an impact that extends beyond our borders but also within our state. There is something for everyone, virtually every style. UW helps you to adapt and grow in a changing world, a changing state. The skills and knowledge you acquire can generate positive effects both locally and around the state. It is not necessary to leave to use your skills. Beyond academics, you get exposure to different cultures and new ways of thinking about problems. These experiences result from the many people who come to UW for their training. It is a wonderful place to meet, make new friends, and create lasting memories. The connections I made at UW later helped me to visit remote parts of the world, including Tibet/China and numerous places in South America. Finally, is the cost. It is quite reasonable, even outstanding for the quality of education you receive, more so when you compare it to the cost and quality of other universities outside of Wyoming. Attending UW is money well spent, with superb and unparalleled experiences, a place to learn more about yourself and the world, and to have a genuinely positive impact upon your community and elsewhere. You can do it all at Wyoming.”


What does it mean to you to be a UW Cowboy?

“Being a UW Cowboy means you ‘cowboy up’ for life. You develop grit, the attitude of perseverance that you can accomplish challenging tasks. But you also learn to take another step beyond grit and grow into a lifelong learner. You never stop learning, because if you do, you start dying. It is not a trite slogan. To keep on learning, always challenging yourself, is not easy. That's where the grit continues. Kids and people notice that in you. While we may not have chosen to be, we are role models. Our actions do impact attitudes and change lives.”

Jeb Schenck WAS a featured speaker at THE EVENT ON AUGUST 10, 2021

Thermopolis  |  Hot Springs County Museum  |  5-7 p.m.

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