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Ashley Keifer

If attending Buford City Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade makes an individual a “lifetimer,” Ashley Keifer qualifies for the honor of “double lifetimer” — she attended Buford City Schools for 13 years until graduating from Buford High School in 2006, and she then returned to the Buford community she loves to pursue her career in teaching — she has spent the past 13 years at Buford Academy. 

“I was actually a fourth-generation graduate from Buford High School,” Keifer said. “That was something my nana, Wanda Adams, also a Buford graduate, always took pride in telling people. 

“I bleed green and gold,” she continued. “I love this town and this community. Until you experience it yourself, you truly are not capable of understanding what Buford Family really means.”

Keifer, who resides in Hoschton, continues to be part of the Buford City Schools and the Buford family as a third grade teacher. 

“It is always so fun to tell my students and parents that I was a Buford graduate and that my husband was as well,” Keifer said. “I think it contributes to the fact that Buford is special and stands out from other communities.” 

During her years at Buford High School, Keifer excelled in academics, graduating in the top 10% of her class. She was also named Who’s Who for National Academic Achievement. She served as captain of the varsity football and basketball cheerleading squads and was named a scholar athlete for cheerleading. She was a member of the National Honor Society, student council, Beta Club, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Keifer participated in the Bel Canto Choral and was involved in the Variety Show every year.

Keifer said if she could return to Buford High School and experience one moment again, it would be a Friday night under the stadium lights cheering on her Wolves. 

“You don’t realize how much you are going to miss that feeling until it isn’t there anymore,” she said. “It’s always fun to  relive them with old friends. It’s definitely a memory that brings a smile to my face.” escort gaziantep , gaziantep escort , erotik film izle , rus escort , seks hikayeleri

Buford High School holds a special place in Keifer’s heart beyond her experiences as a student and athlete.

“My fondest memory from high school is definitely meeting the love of my life Tyler,” Keifer said. “We just celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary and have two beautiful boys. Our time at Buford together is to thank for that.” 

Keifer’s children are following in her “lifetimer” footsteps — her son Ryder attends kindergarten at Buford Elementary School, and her son Rhett is in the Buford City Schools’ Employee Childcare Center.

After graduating from Buford High School in 2006, Keifer attended North Georgia College and State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education. She went on to receive a master’s in instructional technology from Kennesaw State University and is now pursuing a specialist degree in instructional technology from Valdosta State. 

“People may go away for a while, but in the end, they always find their way back to this place because it is so special,” Keifer said of the Buford community. “I am proud that our children now have the opportunity to grow up in Buford and experience that same feeling.” 

Keifer is the daughter of Kim and David Duncan. She has one sibling, Jordan Duncan. 

Keifer is a member of Christ Place Church in Oakwood, where she teaches Sunday school with her husband. 

In her free time, Keifer enjoys spending time boating with her family. 

“My husband and boys are sportsmen by nature and they love to be out on the water fishing,” she said. “My happy place is to be with them!”

Keifer said her true calling and passion is teaching. 

“I love working with children every day,” she said. “Being able to spend my day with 8- and 9-year olds and see them learn and love to be at school is such an amazing experience. Being from Buford and being able to come back home and teach here is such a blessing.” 

The Buford High School alumni spotlights are made possible by the generosity of the City of Buford. 

BY:

deanna@northgwinnettvoice.com

Deanna Allen has more than 15 years of experience working for print and online media publications, from starting out as a community reporter to working her way up to evening editor and copy...

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