Spotlight on Success: World Champion Athlete Justin Devereux

Social studies teacher Justin Devereux won gold at the World Masters Weightlifting Championship last August in Montreal, Canada, setting the American record with a 370-pound clean and jerk, making him a back-to-back world champion. What an amazing feat!

When he’s not competing against the world’s best, Justin is working with his students at Crossler Middle School. Justin says that teaching is his number one priority, and he gets the same sense of satisfaction helping students reach their goals as he does reaching his own.

If it wasn’t enough that he is a world champion athlete, Justin is a US Marine and was on active duty from 2000 to 2004. He is an award-winning, published historian for an article he wrote about wolves in the Willamette Valley, and Justin also coaches young people in weightlifting at Capital City Barbell in Salem.

Justin received a lot of love when news of his world championship hit Facebook last August. Dozens of Salem families commented that their students studied with him at Crossler, and that he is a great teacher.

We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations, Justin, on your amazing success that proves hard work pays off.