Phone: 706-310-1985 ext. 1118
Degrees and Certifications:
A.A. in General Business - Gainesville State College, 2005 B.A. in Business Administration - Piedmont College, 2006 Masters of Arts in Teaching - Piedmont College, 2009 Ed.S in Early Childhood Education - University of West Georgia, 2019 Gifted In-Field Endorsement, NEGA RESA, 2015 ESOL Endorsement, NEGA RESA, 2015 HSES TOTY 2020-2021
Mrs. Jessica Tiller
Jessica Tiller started her teaching career at High Shoals Elementary as an EIP teacher. She is currently teaching first grade and holds a Gifted and ESOL endorsement.
Jessica believes that teachers are facilitators of learning and that it is extremely important to understand that there are very diverse learners in each class that she may encounter. She strives to instructionally compliment her students based on their particular strengths while promoting problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking! Jessica helps to foster student's creativity by encouraging their curiosity, exploration, experimentation, questioning, testing, and development of their creative talents. She trusts that showing students that their ideas have value by listening to their ideas and considering them. Once the students believe in themselves and understand that their ideas matter, we begin to see a world of difference in their abilities.
She also knows beneficial it is for the students and teachers to have a moment of reflection each day on what they learned and how they arrived at those understandings. Having her students reflect on their past learning experiences provides her with an insight into how they feel about certain aspects of the learning patterns and process. It allows her to catch a glimpse from their perspectives what they think are their strengths and weaknesses, as well their own motives and ideas.
Jessica has always had a passion for working with children. Before coming to HSES, she served as the Youth Program Coordinator for Oconee County Parks and Recreation's Afterschool and Summer Day Camp Programs. Jessica resides in High Shoals with her husband Cory and their two children, Mason and Charlsie.
She is dedicated to making a difference in the children's lives she touches and enjoys being able to work in the community that she calls home.