For eight years now, Cherie Hooks has taught business education to the students at Swainsboro High School- a job she thought would never be on her life's career list.
"There were three things I said I would never do," said Hooks. "I would never live in Emmanuel County, I would never teach school, and there's another one that I won't say."
But when she graduated from college and returned to her hometown high school, it was hard for her to leave again.
"I really love working with children, especially in the business area," she said. "It kind of gives them a handle on what they are going to be doing in the future."
And many of the things they learn in Hooks' business courses have translated into quite a few awards.
She also advises the school's Future Business Leaders of America- which has been named chapter of the year for the past three years.
Through her guidance, many of the club members have learned work ethics, life skills, and even discovered talents they never realized they had.
"She's very encouraging," said junior Becky Golden. "She expects nothing but the best from you and I'm very grateful for that because if I hadn't gotten to know her, I wouldn't be as successful as I have been in high school and FBLA."
"If I can help them learn something and be a better, more productive member of our society, that's what I hope they can take - getting along with others, how to treat people when you work with the public, and being good members of our community," said Hooks.