• Dewayne Joehnk


    First of all, it’s pronounced “Yank,”  not “Joe-hink,” "Joe-hunk," "Jinx," "Jank," "Junk," or any number of other pronunciations I've heard over the years.  Just "Yank."  It's originally Danish/Northern Germanic and it was Americanized back in the 19th Century, so my family has been around for a while.


    I was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon and graduated a couple of years after Steve Prefontaine.  After three years as a photographer in the Army, I worked as a cartographer, a printer, and a graphic artist until I graduated from the University of Oregon.  I currently teach Science Fiction, Cinema as Art, Speech and Debate, English 3, Drama, and Theatre.  I have also taught Advanced Placement Literature, English 1, AV Tech, and worked as the WHS and WMS Gifted Specialist, so my background is diverse.  I am certified to teach English and the Gifted, and highly qualified in English, Drama, and Speech.  I have earned three degrees:  a BA in English, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction (Talented and Gifted), and an MA in Special Education (also Talented and Gifted).  I’ve taught in Mat-Su since 1995; at Wasilla High since 1996.


    I have many interests and hobbies.  First and foremost:  My family.  I write, read, and watch a great deal of Science Fiction.  I readily admit I’m a Trekkie (I watched the original series first-run with my dad!), I do know the answer to life, the universe, and everything, and I've tried my hand at writing a few stories.  A few years ago I returned to my roots in photography and I've been busy capturing images and working with PhotoShop and I've been the Superintendent of Photography for the Alaska State Fair for nearly a decade.  I’ve been known to do woodcarving on occasion or paint a mural if need be.  I love hiking and spending time in the garden.


    My personal philosophy of education is that all students can learn; some may be faster at some things, but none are faster at all things.  Everyone has strengths and everyone has difficulties; after all, we’re only human.  It’s up to us as educators to find how students best learn so we can challenge their imaginations and inspire their best efforts and provide supports for success.

Last Modified on August 23, 2019