Mrs. Elkins, Tennessee Teacher of the Year for 1982, teaches sixth grade at Willow Brook Elementary School in Oak Ridge. Part of her success may be traced to her involvement with the Newspapers in Education project in which her students learn writing and communication skills as well as how to read, analyze and evaluate newspapers. Her students' newspaper, the Willow Brook Gazette, won first place in a national contest for elementary school newspapers. A member of local, state and national education associations, she has served on the Oak Ridge Political Action Committee for Education. She also coached a junior high basketball team.