By Charlotte Underwood 

LAFOLLETTE, TN. (WLAF)-Teachers make a difference in their student’s 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 Janet Belew. She teaches art at Jacksboro Middle School and has been an educator for 37 years. 

Janet Belew

Belew grew up in Wayne County, Indiana. She attended Cumberland College, now University of the Cumberlands, and graduated with a degree in Art. 

She has been married to Gary Belew for 44 years. Together they have a son, Andrew and a daughter-in-law Ashley.

“We also have two grandkids, Ethan and Raegan, that we are very proud of,” Belew said.

When she’s not at school, Belew said she loves traveling, working outside and spending time with her family. 

She started her career in education and worked as a title 1 assistant for 11 years,  before moving to Jacksboro Middle School.  She has taught Art there for the past 26 years. 

“I think what I love the most about my job is when you have a student that comes running up to you with a big smile on their face saying, ‘I did it! Look Mrs. Belew i did it!’ Whether they are in your class or someone else’s. That’s what makes  getting up and going to work everyday,” Belew said.

She said she also loves “running into students from the past.”

“They want to hug you and remember what we did in the past and how it helped them in their lives.”

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