Columbia, SC (WLTX)-- There are raised hands and eager faces in Rebecca Bonig's 4th grade class at Bridge Creek Elementary School; each one thrilled about lessons in social studies.
"I spend more time with them than they actually spend with their parents because when they're home they're sleeping but when they're with me they're wide awake and learning and ready to go.", Mrs. Bonig said.
The excitement in her class for learning is contagious.
But that makes sense, especially when you consider that Mrs. Bonig caught the education bug very early in life.
"I've always wanted to be a teacher. When I was in the 5th grade, my teacher told me that we got to dress up as our favorite person and I dressed up as my 5th grade teacher. And she said, you would make a perfect teacher. And ever since then I knew that's what I wanted to do."
As a Spring Valley graduate she knew that she always wanted to teach in Richland School District 2.
Her hard work has not gone unnoticed as parents, teachers, students and even administrators have applauded what happens every day in her classroom.
As a mom to a 3rd grader and kindergarten student, she's been at bridge creek since the school opened it's doors.
"it's amazing at the end of the year to see how much they've grown in that 180 days we get to spend together" Bonig says.
Every day is a new opportunity to make history with a teacher who goes down in the books as one of the best.
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