By Charlotte Underwood
JACKSBORO, 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 Troy Arnold. He is an assistant principal at Campbell County High School.
Arnold has lived in Campbell County his whole life. He married his high school sweetheart Jamie Byrge in 2014.
“Her support of me and our family is something that I am continuously thankful for,” Arnold said.
The couple has two children, five year old Laney and two year old Harrison.
Arnold has been an educator for eight years. Before making the move to administration, he taught special education.
According to Arnold, it was his parents who inspired him to teach.
“My father was the pastor at Cedar Hill Baptist Church for 31 years. He taught what ministering to families in this community looked like and how to be a man of high character. He also taught me how to serve those God has entrusted to me,” Arnold said.
Arnold’s mother was a teacher for 40 years, with the last 23 spent at Caryville Elementary as a pre-school teacher. She helped inspire his education path as well.
“She taught me to have patience with students and to care for each student as if they were my child,” Arnold said.
His favorite part about teaching is interacting with his students each day and “being a person they can trust to have their best interests in mind.”
“I also like building relationships with my students on a personal level so that I can serve them both inside and outside of the classroom,” Arnold said.
He said he also enjoys the people he gets to work with every day.
“In my brief time in education, these people have taught me strategies for improving my instruction and how to effectively meet students’ needs.”
Even on the hard days, Arnold said he knows he’s “right where God wants him to be.”
“He wants me to be a positive influence on the students I teach and the people I work with. My father always taught me that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. I hope that every person I interact with knows that I care for them,” Arnold 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 – 07/21/2022-6AM)