Waynesboro, Georgia (WJBF)
Christina Hillis got her call in class when she was in 6th grade. She answered the call and hasn’t looked back since.
“I was inspired by my teacher and I love it,” Hillis says. “I started in special education and slowly moved up to yearbook counselor, graphic design, I do Beta. And I love my children.
Ms. Hillis is a graphic design teacher at Burke County High School.
“Some of them are interested in anime. Some of them are interested in getting into marketing. Some of them are just interested in starting their own little side business.
When she is not busy with these young people, she is busy at home with 3 small children.
“Having high school kids makes me a better mom and friend. Because you can build relationships and they really lean on you.
Ms. Hillis also works with Beta Club and Directory staff. His children graphic designers even produce programs for football matches.
“We print it in-house and bind it in-house. Typically, it is your introductory level students who bind those for programs. It’s pretty cool that they get to see a product they sell on Friday nights to high school kids.
It’s pretty cool. And quite special. Christina Hillis is reaping the rewards of her decision in 6th grade every day.
“To be able to be a shining light for them,” she says. “Being someone they can come to. I’m creating my class as a family and I really hope that when they leave here they won’t be afraid to try new things and want to come back. And maybe one day you have a little teacher coming up behind you. And if you don’t, they are successful adults in life.