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By Charlotte Underwood 

CARYVILLE, 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 educator is Ashley Deel.

She has been a teacher at Caryville Elementary School for 5 years and is currently in her second year of teaching 4th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies.

This week’s featured educator is Ashley Deel of Caryville Elementary School.

According to Deel, before that she taught second grade. 

She said she was inspired to become an educator because of her parents. 

“Both of my parents are teachers in Campbell County, and I have to say they have both set exemplary standards to me on what a teacher should be. I feel following in their teacher footsteps is what I am meant to do,” Deel said.

She also said teachers of her own also played a role in her career choice. 

“As a student in Campbell County, I’ve had some incredible teachers that are stand outs.  I remember the feelings I had as a student in their rooms, and I want my students to experience those same feelings,” Deel said. 

Her favorite part of the job is sharing learning experiences with her students. 

“I love the moments in class when it all clicks for students:  listening to their conversations, their vocabulary, seeing their feelings of accomplishment when they’ve said or done something they know is spectacular.  I love celebrating their joys with them and seeing their faces light up.  Kids have so much enthusiasm and it’s contagious.  When they feel accomplished, I feel accomplished.  They are my motivation and why I do the job I love, and why I love the job I do,” Deel 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 – 02/16/2023-6AM)