By Charlotte Underwood
DUFF, TN (WLAF) – Teachers make a difference in their students lives each and every day. For many students, having a teacher, counselor or principal who cares and goes that extra mile can be the difference in a successful education and graduation. We’ve all had that educator who has 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 White Oak’s Kimberly Stephens.
She has lived in Campbell County her whole life and is married and has “three beautiful girls.”
Stephens said she loves teaching in her hometown.
She has been teaching for 21 years total and currently works at White Oak School as an Interventionist.
According to Stephens, her inspiration for going into education was her kindergarten teacher Margaret Faulkner.
“Mrs. Faulkner always made learning fun and inspired me to do the same. I vividly remember my kindergarten year and so many of the wonderful things we did,” Stephens said.
Her favorite part of her job is “working with the kids and being a positive role model for them.”
“Working as an interventionist, I am privileged to get to work with grades K-8 daily. Even though the majority of my career has been spent in grades Kindergarten through the fourth grade, I truly enjoy getting to work with the varying grade levels in intervention,” Stephens said.
Her favorite hobby is “crafting and being creative” and creating beautiful items for her family’s home, which is how she unwinds after a stressful day.
“I am happiest when I get to spend time with my family,” Stephens said.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/26/2022-6AM)