JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Tiffany Kitts Adkins is WLAF’s teacher of the week. She teaches eighth grade science at Jacksboro Middle School and is in her 10th year as an educator. Nine of her years teaching were in seventh grade science.
Adkins is from LaFollette and graduated from Campbell County High School in 2007 and Tennessee Technological University in 2012.
She said she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.
“I have always had a love for learning. As a small child my siblings and I would play school, with me being their teacher of course. I knew from that very young age that I wanted to teach,” Adkins said.
She added that it was her parents, Elbert and Una Kitts, who always pushed her to work hard, make good grades, and encouraged her to follow her dream of becoming a teacher.
“I also had several teachers and peers that inspired me along the way,” Adkins said.
She said her favorite part of the job is “seeing students build all around self confidence and work on being comfortable in their own skin.” “I love the smiles, laughs, fist bumps, side hugs, and tap outs. Each student is unique and so special to me,” Adkins said.
She said on the hard days she tries to see the positive impacts educators have on students lives.
“I love when former students write, message, or visit to tell me how much of an influence I had on their life, apologize for teenage behaviors (haha), or how I helped them survive their middle school career. It really is the most rewarding part of the job,” Adkins said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/02/2021-6AM)