By Charlotte Underwood
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Jacksboro Middle School’s Cindy Partin is WLAF’s teacher of the week. She has been an educator for 28 years. She teaches English/Language Arts in the Eighth Grade and has been at JMS since 2011.
She explained why she became a teacher with a quote; “I became a teacher because your life is worth my time.”
“To me, teaching is about showing people how important they are and then helping them become successful,” Partin said.
Her direct inspiration for following a career in education was her mother and her aunt.
“I have had some powerful influences in my becoming a teacher. I saw my Mother and my Aunt pour into others’ lives repeatedly, year after year, with such positive results. I decided that I wanted to reach others with that kind of impact, so I became a teacher,” Partin said.
During her career she taught Kindergarten for several years, and then wanted a change, which is how she ended up at Jacksboro Middle School teaching English/Language Arts in the Eighth Grade.
She said she loves working with eighth graders.
“They are unique, enjoyable, and definitely special. Two things I enjoy about my job are when a student starts to believe that they have what it takes, whatever the circumstance, and then when they say, “Hmm, I didn’t think I liked to read.”
She said what keeps her going on hard days is “re-reading letters that former students have written me that remind me I have made a difference in their lives, and have touched them, and made them feel safe and loved.”
Partin lived in Campbell County from the time she was in middle school until she married.
“Now I live in Pineville, Kentucky although I still think orange is a beautiful color,” Partin said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/07/2021-6AM)