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 teacher is Campbell County High School’s Lynn Massengill.
Massengill was born and raised in Scott County and graduated from Scott County High School in 1992. She earned an Associate’s degree in Public Safety in 1995 from Walters State Community College, before going on to attend the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology in 1998.
Massengill later returned to UT to complete her Master’s degree, where she graduated in 2005 with her Masters in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She will also be completing her Education Specialist degree at Lincoln Memorial University in Curriculum and Instruction at the end of July.
Massengill has lived in Campbell County since 2009.
She is married to Larry Massengill, and they have one daughter, Aydan, who is in her second year at Roane State Community College.
Currently Massengill is a Special Education English Teacher at Campbell County High School and just finished her 15th year in education.
Massengill said she realized she wanted to follow a career in education when she was in high school.
According to Massengill, she had two teachers that influenced her desire to be a teacher. Both teachers taught at Scott County High School.
“Rhonda Shelton was a high school Special Education Teacher and the sponsor of one of my high school clubs. I spent a lot of time in her class during free time and got to work with students with disabilities. While working with her students, I realized that this is something that I would want to do as a career,” Massengill said. The other educator who influenced her life was her high school English teacher Sharon Wilson.
“She provided opportunities for me to think beyond the classroom walls and reinforced my love of literature,” Massengill said.
She has utilized these experiences in her own teaching career.
Massengill said she loves working with her students and creating a relationship and bond with them.
“I enjoy learning their strengths and abilities and using this information to develop strategies that will help them be successful in school and life after high school,” Massengill said.
Throughout her teaching career, her faith in God, her family and her students are “what keeps her going, even on the difficult days.”
“I teach because I want to have a positive impact on lives that transcend beyond the classroom walls,” Massengill 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 – 07/07/2022-6AM)