CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Eric Stephens has spent 21 years in education and all 21 at Happy Valley Middle School. He currently teaches 8th grade Science.
Stephens will admit a lot has changed in his time teaching. Technology is at the top of that list. But he counters that with the fact today’s students have a lot more distractions outside of classroom than when he started teaching in the mid 90’s.
Stephens says he was destined to go into teaching, much of his family including his mom and dad where teachers. It’s those moments, watching them, that has been an inspiration in his career.
“Just to see the enjoyment that they had out of being a role model to kids. My dad was also a coach and to have those kind of relationships with the kids on a different level and just to have a positive impact on the children’s lives,” Said Stephens.
Congratulations to Eric Stephens. This Week’s Educator of the Week.