By Charlotte Underwood
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – WLAF’S Teacher Feature of the week is Tasha Hammac.

Hammac teaches seventh grade math at Jacksboro Middle School and is in her 10th year of teaching.  She taught for five years, before taking a break from teaching when she had her daughters.  “I stayed home with them until they started school, and this is my fifth year back in the classroom,” Hammac said.
She said she “pretty much always wanted to be teacher” and that she “loved watching and helping people learn. “I live for the aha-moments.”
Tasha Hammac said she loves teaching the middle school age group, despite the challenges.
“Middle school is an acquired taste for most people, but I feel privileged to have the opportunity to communicate with students of this age group. There are certainly unique challenges that come along with them.  At a time, when communication sometimes slows down with parents, I know it is a rare opportunity to see how a child’s day actually was.  (At least parts of it).”  Hammac said she tries not to take this for granted and as a parent, she realizes how much time her girls spend at school versus at home during the school day.
“As a teacher, I try to be consistent and genuine to all of my students. I have room to grow in many areas, but I strive to provide a fair, structured environment in the hours I have in the classroom,” Hammac said.
She said there are many unique challenges at school this year, and to compensate, many of the teachers were “going back to the basics.”
“We are focusing on developing relationships with our students and teaching as much as we can, for as long as we can.  We took extra time at the beginning of the year, to try to establish back-up communication with our students.  I have gotten more emails and Microsoft Team messages from students and parents than I EVER have before. This is a huge positive development.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/29/2020-6AM)