Lexington, SC (WLTX) - Some people, like Miss Amanda Elliott, are born knowing what they're meant to be in life.
"Well, I started out teaching my baby dolls when I was very little," said Elliott, "and I would make tests for them and help the ones that were struggling. So I think that it's great that I carried it on until now."
What started out as teaching in her playroom, Elliott now teaches in a 4th grade classroom at White Knoll Elementary.
And her students like, Trinity Martinez and Zoe Kimble, are sure glad she's here.
"I look forward to the hugs miss Elliot gives me and how she teaches," said Trinity. "Like, she puts in activities to make us really enjoy it."
Zoe will tell you, the 4th grade isn't always a walk in the park, "As the grades climb harder the work gets harder."
Having a teacher like Miss Elliot can really make a difference.
"Miss Elliot has a really good sense of humor. She teaches really good," Trinity said.
Miss Elliot doesn't only teach lessons as over the years she's learned one of her own too.
"That every child can learn," Elliot explained. "I worked in an autism class for two years and the autism class taught me a lot of patience with students and that every achievement is a big achievement whether we see it big or small. That it's going to be big for them."
Now Miss Elliot can add being News19's Golden Apple Award winner to her list of achievements.
"Teaching is where my heart is. That's what I love doing. It's been a long journey but it's definitely something that I love and enjoy every day."
If you know a teacher who is deserving, you can visit any Midlands BI-LO store, pick up a Golden Apple Nomination form and tell us why you think your favorite teacher deserves the honor.