By Charlotte Underwood 

LAFOLLETTE, 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 Kelsey Hatmaker. She teaches at LaFollette Elementary School and has been an educator for eight years.

She is from “right here in Campbell County” and attended East LaFollette Elementary and LaFollette Middle School.

Kelsey Hatmaker is Eagle Tire Pros teacher of the week. She teaches at LaFollette Elementary School and is pictured here with her husband Garret and their two children, Gentry and Layla.

After graduating from Campbell County High School, Hatmaker then went on to receive her teaching degree from Tennessee Tech University. 

She and her husband Garret have been married for 10 years and have “two beautiful children” together.

Her hobbies include spending time with family and reading. 

Hatmaker teaches first grade at LaFollette Elementary School and has been teaching for eight years, all of which have been at LaFollette Elementary. 

She has been teaching first grade for the past three years, but has also taught third, fourth and fifth grade. 

“I am blessed with wonderful co-workers that feel like family at LaFollette Elementary School,” Hatmaker said.

Teaching was “always a dream” of hers “for as long as she can remember.” 

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

“I believe that this profession is a calling, and the Lord instilled the desire to teach deep in my heart,” Hatmaker said.

She also said she was inspired to teach by other educators as well and that many of her former teachers “stood out” in their teaching that left a lasting impression on her.

“There have been many teachers throughout my life that have inspired and influenced me,” Hatmaker said.

Her favorite part of teaching is “witnessing children gain new skills.” 

“The way they light up and become excited about learning brings me immense joy,” Hatmaker 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@1450wlaf.com. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/09/2023-6AM)