By Charlotte Underwood
DUFF, TN (WLAF) – Teachers make a difference in their students lives each and every day. For many students, having a teacher who cares and goes that extra mile can be the difference in a successful education and graduation. We’ve all had that teacher who inspired us or helped in some way. That’s why WLAF and Eagle Tire Pros salute all of our hard working educators with a weekly feature.
This week’s featured educator is Pamela Hill. She is in her 33rd year as an educator and is currently principal at White Oak Elementary School. She has also served as a math coach for one year and an assistant principal for four years.
Hill grew up in Pruden and attended Clairfield Elementary School, Jellico High School, Lincoln Memorial University and Union College. She has an Ed.S in Education. According to Hill, she first majored in Elementary Education and later added Curriculum and Instruction as well as Administration and Supervision.
Hill is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law and “four wonderful grandchildren.”
Hill said her mother had a lot to do with following a career path in education.
“My mother was forced to quit school after third grade due to vision difficulties. She wanted to be a teacher. I believe that was my first reason for thinking about education,” Hill said.
In addition to this motivating factor, Hill said she also wanted to help others as they had helped her.
Her favorite part of her job is “working to make a difference in the lives of students.”
“I love building relationships with my students that will last a lifetime. I believe you must touch the students’ heart before you can teach them,” Hill said.
Now that she is a principal, she said she feels she has the opportunity “to touch the lives of many people on a much larger scale.”
“It is an awesome responsibility that I do not take lightly,” Hill said.
According to Hill, it’s making a difference in students lives that keep her going, even on the hard days.
“I focus on the faces of the students and their voices that ring in my head with phrases such as ‘you are so nice/you’re the best teacher/principal, thank you for helping me, thanks for making math fun, and many more.’ These phrases reassure me that I am making a difference and that’s what keeps me going.”
Every Thursday, WLAF’s Charlotte Underwood features the WLAF – Eagle Tire Pros teacher of the week. That educator also receives a free oil change from Eagle Tire Pros. To nominate a teacher for teacher of the week honors, please send your nomination to email@example.com. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/10/2022-6AM)