Born and raised in Winterset, Josh Henry is a new teacher to the Winterset school district this year in second and third grade special education. He was also hired as the boys head basketball coach.
Henry is a 2008 Winterset High School graduate. He began his college career at Iowa Central Community College and then received his elementary education degree with a special education endorsement from Grand View University in 2012.
As a high school student, aside from being an athlete, Henry was a mentor and tutor to elementary-aged students. He was also a substitute associate teacher for the district before he finished his degree.
“As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher and a coach,” he says. “But it is unique experience teaching in the same school I attended as a kid.”
He taught the last year-and-a-half at two different elementary schools for the Des Moines school district while also being assistant coach to the Winterset boys basketball team.
Following in the footsteps of his dad, uncle, and grandpa, Henry always had a ball in his hands growing up. He played lots of sports but enjoyed basketball the most. He holds numerous Winterset basketball records including all-time leading scorer. He played basketball all four years of his college career and began his coaching career at Iowa Christian Academy.
“It is interesting learning all the behind-the-scene things as a coach that I didn’t necessarily realize when I was a young player,” Henry says.
Henry is looking forward to the potential of his new players this year and the possibility of coaching his younger brother, currently a freshman, in a couple of years.
“I think back to all my experiences and the teachers and coaches who cared and made a difference in my life. I hope to be that kind of teacher for my students and players,” Henry says.
“We miss seeing him play, but are looking forward to seeing him coach,” his family says.
Henry and his wife have been married a little more than a year. She is also a new third grade teacher at Winterset Elementary. Together they are enjoying life with their baby boy, who was born this summer.