Heather Winward



Heather Winward is the Principal at Gem Prep: Pocatello (GPP) where she provides integral leadership helping students and staff do their best work.

Heather served as assistant principal before accepting leadership of the school. She joined Gem Prep: Pocatello in 2019, after 15 years of service in education. Prior to joining GPP, Heather served as a district administrator, with assignments including Special Education Director, Federal Programs Director and Student Support Director. She also taught elementary school, middle school and even spent one year teaching high school. This background informs her leadership and teaching approach, as she believes that all scholars have great and diverse abilities that grow through supported high expectations. She loves to see the confidence that comes from overcoming obstacles and realizing potential.

She received undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education, as well as a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership. In her free time, Heather loves to spend time in the mountains or on the water with her husband, Doug, and their five children, Dustin, Sadie, Kayla, Brooke, and Jacee. Her hobbies include riding horses, running, lifting weights and reading history books with her feet in the river.