LAFOLLETTE, 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 Special Education Teacher Tim Hooks.
Hooks was born and raised in Knoxville, where he still lives today.
He said he has three wonderful children who keep him very busy with sports.
Hooks spent his entire career of 25 years teaching special education in Campbell County with the majority being at Campbell County High School.
He has also “spent parts of this past year at East LaFollette Learning Academy.”
His inspiration to follow a path in education came from his own teachers.
“I would say my inspiration for teaching would be my high school senior English teacher. Mrs. Runger showed so much love and passion for her students and made learning lots of fun,” Hooks said.
His favorite part of teaching is getting to know his students and making an impact in their lives.
“I want them to know they are loved and can come to me with any issues they might be facing. I want them to learn not only the academics, but things that will help them be successful in life and have fun doing it,” Hooks said.
When the hard days happen at school, he said he leans on his co-workers.
“Whether it’s my department peers or long-time friends in other departments, I know I can go to them, and they will listen and offer sound and sometimes humorous advice.”
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 – 07/14/2022-6AM)