Even though High Shoals Elementary School first grade teacher Jessica Tiller first worked in the business world, for a long time, she had her sights set on becoming a teacher. 

“I always felt the calling in my heart that it was something I wanted to do,” Tiller, the school’s TOTY, said. “Working with children has always been a passion of mine.” 

She earned her associate’s degree in general business and her bachelor’s degree in business administration before she earned her master of arts in teaching and gifted and English-to-speakers-of-other-languages teaching endorsements. 

Prior to her job at HSES, Tiller worked as the Youth Program Coordinator for Oconee County Parks and Recreation’s afterschool and summer day camp programs. 

Since she started teaching, Tiller has served as a paraprofessional, early-intervention-program teacher and ESOL teacher for High Shoals and Rocky Branch elementary schools. She said she enjoys working with a diverse group of learners, including special education, ESOL and gifted students. 

For more on this story, see the Sept. 17 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 


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