Jens Andreason is NS’s new welding and agricultural teacher and he finds it extremely rewarding when he finishes a welding project or repair. Not only is he new to NS though, he is also new to teaching. Students seem to really enjoy his classes and style of teaching.
“It is a very rewarding feeling to finish building something or make a repair and have it completed,” said Andreason.
Andreason really likes it here at NS. He likes the community here in Sanpete and thinks it’s just an awesome place to be.
“There is a great community and the area all around is a great place to raise my kids,” said Andreason.
Andreason gets students coming in for extra time out of their other class periods. He likes to run his class like a business. If students come to class and get what they need to get done, they get their points for that day.
“My goal is to recreate a workplace setting to give them a taste of what it’s gonna be like once they’re out of high school,” said Andreason.
Andreason is the teacher for a variety of classes from bio-agriculture to welding and is also the advisor for FFA. He might be new to teaching but he’s not new to the subjects he teaches. He grew up in Corrine, Utah, where he and his family worked in agriculture. This background was what had made him interested in teaching ag classes.
“I grew up in production agriculture, and I love teaching kids about where their food comes from, as well as the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives,” said Andreason.
Andreason wants to help students do the best they can in his classes and learn a lot. He hopes to continue learning how to be a better teacher and become the best he can be along with the students he teaches. He wants to become better at teaching so he can help students learn more.
“I hope to continually be learning how to be the best teacher I can be, and help kids learn to their greatest potential,” said Andreason.
Andreason’s first year teaching has brought him a lot of fun experiences and crazy stories to tell. Andreason says he has some interesting stories. Even in welding class, they’re learning the properties of oxygen and acetylene and the do’s and don’ts of hand sanitizer. A student lit his boots on fire with hand sanitizer in welding once. Even though crazy things happen, students still enjoy Andreason’s classes.
“It’s easy and fun, it’s a pretty laid back class,” said sophomore Adam Ferre.
Welding is a popular class and those that take it seem to really have caught on to Andreason. In welding, they learn how to fix things and make things by sticking pieces of metal together with metal. At first, they start by learning how to do certain welds, and Andreason is extremely patient with them and gives them feedback on what they can improve on.
“It’s my favorite class,” said sophomore Darld Swapp. “Mr. Andreason taught me how to weld better.”
Andreason attended Snow College and found he really loved the Sanpete area. He grew up in a small town, so small town life isn’t new to him. This caused him to eventually come back and teach at NS.
“I did a year at Snow College and I fell in love with the area and always wanted to come back,” said Andreason.