By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Teachers make a difference in their students’ lives 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 teacher is Ashley Bruce. She teaches third grade at Jacksboro Elementary School and has been an educator for 11 years.

Bruce has been married to her husband Adam for seven “wonderful years.”

“Together, we have our 4-year-old daughter Tierney. We love to travel as much as possible,” Bruce said.

Ashley Bruce is Eagle Tire Pros Teacher of the Week. She is pictured here with her husband Adam and their daughter Tierney.

When she’s not teaching, Bruce also coaches the CCHS Dance Team with her “best friends” Bethany McFarland and Kim Norton.

Bruce graduated from CCHS in 2008. She attended Roane State Community College and then Tennessee Tech University where she graduated from the 2+2 program in 2013.

“I have been a 3rd grade teacher at Jacksboro Elementary School for 11 years. I currently teach math and science and I work with the best group of teachers out there,” Bruce said.

For her, becoming a teacher and “making a difference in the lives of children” is what she always wanted to do, and she had many wonderful teachers of her own over the years that helped inspire her career in education.

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“There have been so many teachers that have inspired me on my journey including Ken Bruce, Teresa King, Raven Sabino and Dawn Chapman just to name a few. I did my student teaching under Mrs. Chapman, and I cannot think of a better mentor than her. She truly is amazing and taught me how to be a better teacher,” Bruce said.

Helping students learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally is a rewarding experience for her and a favorite part of her job as a teacher.

“I try to spark their interest and get them excited about learning. I love to make things as hands on as possible for students,” Bruce 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 (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/14/2024-6AM)