By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – We’ve all had that teacher who inspired us or helped in some way. That’s why WLAF and Eagle Tire Pros salute one of our hard working educators with a weekly feature. 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.
This week’s featured teacher is Tina Johnson.
She is the Library Media Specialist at Valley View Elementary School and has been an educator for 29 years. Before becoming a librarian, Johnson was a classroom teacher.
Tina Johnson is Eagle Tire Pros teacher of the week. She is the Library Media Specialist at Valley View Elementary School and is pictured here with her husband Josh Johnson.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Eastern Kentucky University.
Her hobbies include “reading and running with her Coolidge FBC Run for God running club.”
Johnson said she always wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember.
“I had a wonderful second grade teacher, Ms. Newton, who made learning fun. She was able to bring the words from a textbook to life and connect what we were learning to the real world. I enjoyed that time in her class so much,” Johnson said.
She strives to teach her students in the same way.
To nominate a teacher for teacher of the week honors, please send your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I wanted to be able to do that as well. She inspired me to pass on what I learned in such a way that students enjoy being at school and love the learning process. I have a passion for instilling a love of reading into my students. People don’t understand how important reading is to student development and how it increases student success,” Johnson said.
She loves watching her students “light up over a book that they are reading.”
“I know by developing those reading skills, it will increase their future academic success,” Johnson said.
Her favorite part about being a librarian is “read aloud time” with the students, when she gets to “go on an adventure within the confines of our little library.”
“Whether we go to Narnia, the Hundred Acre Wood, Wonderland, Whoville, the Chocolate Factory, Zuckerman’s farm or the Emerald City, we are engulfed in the love of literature. There is nothing like it,” Johnson 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 email@example.com.
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/2/2023-6AM)