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Educator of the Week: Watkins

By Erik Taylor
By etaylor@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON, Tenn. -- Meet Sheila Watkins, an 8th grade language arts teacher at Chester County Junior High School in Henderson.

"I enjoy the children. I enjoy helping them learn. I love to interact with them in learning so it's not just its making a bond with them but forming a bond." Watkins says.

Watkins goes out of her way to make sure her students learn and understand the material. This allows her to get over some of the unique challenges she may encounter in and out of the classroom.

"It is making them become more independent because when they get into high school the teachers expect them to be more independent."Watkins says.

Watkins is a graduate of Union University. She has been teaching for 28 years, all of which have been in Henderson.

Watkins inspiration to teach comes from two teachers of the past of which she admired and tries to be like today. Even her own student teaching assistant in training Rachel Hoyt recognizes the distinct attributes that will help her become a good teacher.

"So she has been great about keeping me kind of reigned in and showing me kind of the ropes and how to stay with the standards, stay to the material, and stay true to what i'm suppose to be teaching and not to get off topic which I can tend to do." Hoyt said.

Watkins hopes her ability to interact with her students in learning will allow them to strive for only the best they can do in their future beyond the classroom.