First grade teacher Ashley Golliher credits her mother, who was also an educator, for her 20-year career thus far. 

As the Oconee County Primary School Teacher of the Year, Golliher said teaching was always something for which she had a passion. 

“I spent my summers in the classroom with my mom and my afternoons helping my mom,” Golliher said. “She was an excellent role model who instilled that passion and love for teaching at an early age.” 

Golliher taught for 16 years in Gwinnett County where she taught third grade and first grade. Four years ago, she moved to Oconee County.

When Golliher became a mother, she realized how much of an impact teachers have in the lives of kids. 

“When I started packing my kids book bags and sending them off to this person that they adored and looked up to every day, that made me realize that what I do every day is so important,” she said. “I’m affecting somebody’s life every single day.” 

For more on this story, see the Sept. 30 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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