By Charlotte Underwood 

LAFOLLETTE, 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 Billie Ann Evans. 

She is the physical education teacher at LaFollette Middle School. Evans has been an educator for 35 years. She has spent 33 of those 35 years as the P.E. teacher at LMS. She also coached track/field and cross country for 20 years.

Billie Ann Evans is Eagle Tire Pros teacher of the week. She teaches physical education at LaFollette Middle School.

Evans was born and raised in LaFollette. She attended East Tennessee State University and received her degree in Physical Education/Health K-12 with a minor in Corrective Therapy.

She and her husband Jeff have three children and four grandchildren. In her spare time, Evans likes to spend time with her grandkids – Gentry, Eloise, Piper and James.

“I love to be active, whether it is exercising, taking on projects with my kids, or traveling,” Evans said.

She was always active in sports growing up and said she “knew she wanted to have a career that involved fitness and sports.”

Her career has been a perfect fit and has allowed her to share her love of fitness with others. 

“Teaching physical education has allowed me to instill a love for physical activity that extends beyond the classroom. By introducing a variety of sports and activities, I hope to help students find something they enjoy and will continue to pursue for the rest of their lives. Because physical education class allows for a more relaxed and informal setting it has opened the opportunity to build positive relationships with students that will be lifelong,” Evans said. 

Throughout her 35 years she has made many memories and many friends along the way.

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

“The enduring influence on my life stems from the enduring connections I’ve forged with my athletes and students throughout the years. Interacting with them daily brings me immense joy, making it the highlight of my job. I hope and strive to be the teacher that students can confide in and trust for support whenever they need it,” Evans said.

Billie Ann Evans and her Husband Jeff along with their four grandchildren.

She had many administrators, teachers and coaches that “steered” her path and were a real “inspiration” to her over the years as well . 

“Donnie Poston, Clayton Ray, Jerry Stout, Ann Higginbotham, Vic King, John and Jack Faulkner are only a few.”

“There have been numerous LMS staff members who embraced me, offered mentorship, and for this, I am very thankful and fortunate to have collaborated with such supportive colleagues. I have been blessed with some of the best faculty and students to work with at LMS and for that I am very blessed and grateful,” Evans 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.