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 educator is Katie Kalna. She was born and raised in Knoxville and is a graduate from the University of Tennessee. 

Kalna teaches first grade at Jacksboro Elementary School and is her 8th year as an educator. 

Katie Kalna is this week’s Eagle Tire Pros Educator of the Week.

Being a first grade teacher is her “dream job.” 

“I have wanted to be a first grade teacher since I was in first grade. I chose to be a teacher because I believe it is my gift from God. I am a nurturing mother and teacher,” Kalna said. 

One of her favorite parts of being a teacher is sharing picture books with children and she said she believes that it is “vital to teach young children the joy of reading!”

According to Kalna she is an educator who believes in the importance of establishing relationships with her students, her student’s family, administrators, and other community members.

To nominate a teacher for teacher of the week honors, please send your nomination to

“I enjoy spending my days with little children who need love, grace, and confidence. One of my favorite Bible verses is “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of God belongs to them.” Luke 18:16. This verse resonates with me. As a public school teacher, I can’t openly share my views on Christianity, but I can teach in a Christ like way and share God’s love with all people. I enjoy providing a positive learning environment where all students feel safe, smart, and encouraged. I am honored to be an elementary school teacher. It is my joy to spend my days educating and encouraging children,” Kalna 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 – 03/23/2023-6AM)