By Charlotte Underwood 

CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – We’ve all had that teacher who inspired us or helped in some way. That’s why WLAF and Eagle Tire Pros salute one of our hard working educators with a weekly feature. 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.

This week’s featured teacher is Caryville Elementary School’s Jessica Goins. She currently teaches Kindergarten. 

Goins is from New Richmond, Ohio where she attended school at New Richmond Elementary, New Richmond Middle School and New Richmond High School. 

After high school, she attended Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. While at Cumberland, she played basketball and majored in Physical Education.

She took a break from college after that and moved to Tennessee, where she’s lived ever since. 

Goins said she came into her teaching career later in life and was inspired by a co-worker. 

This week’s featured teacher is Caryville Elementary School’s Jessica Goins. She currently teaches Kindergarten. 

“Years later, I worked as a Special Education assistant at Jacksboro Elementary School. It was during that time that I started considering going back to college to finish my teaching degree, but I knew it would be more challenging, because I had three school-aged children. I worked with Lovada Kitts at the time and she was instrumental in getting me to take the first step and apply to Roane State,” Goins said.

She enrolled in the 2+2 program there and graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2020 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.

When not teaching, she loves spending time with her family.

To nominate a teacher for teacher of the week honors, please send your nomination to  wlaf@1450wlaf.com

“I have a wonderful husband – Travis Goins and three wonderful boys – Nathan, George and Jack Tackett, who bring so much joy to my life. I also love going to church and worshipping Jesus. There’s nothing like Him!” Goins said.

She currently teaches Kindergarten at Caryville Elementary School and is in her fourth year as an educator. She previously taught third grade at LaFollette Elementary School. 

“I loved teaching third grade, but I’m very excited to teach Kindergarten this year. Each grade level has its own unique joys and challenges,” Goins said. 

Growing up, Goins said she had “many wonderful teachers that inspired her career in education. Those that stick out the most were the ones who were “encouraging and kind to everyone.”

However, it was her mother who was the biggest inspiration of all.

“From the time I can remember, I have always loved stories. My mom read to us when we were young and that sparked a love for reading and learning. Many teachers along the way, fed that love, ” Goins said.

Her favorite part of teaching is “working with the children.”

“I love to see their eyes light up when they learn something new. I also love talking to the children. They are so funny and bring so much joy!”

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@1450wlaf.com (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/24/2023-6AM)