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High Shoals Elementary School’s students gathered in the school’s main gymnasium on Friday to recognize Laura Dailey as the school’s Teacher of the Year. 

Most of the school’s population attended the ceremony, along with members of Dailey’s family.

Dailey is a fourth grade educator at HSES who teaches reading, writing and science. 

This is Dailey’s eighth year teaching at HSES, but she has been working in Oconee County since 1996. She spent much of that time working as a paraprofessional at Oconee County Primary School before then going back to college to earn her bachelor’s degree. 

“I went back to college as a non-traditional student,” Dailey said. “When I graduated, I did one year of long-term sub [teaching] here and [at] the primary school, and the next year, I was hired here.”

Like other Teacher of the Year awardees, Dailey described the close relationships she has with her co-workers.

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