BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. — Rachel Anderson is one special little girl.  The 5th grader at Round Top Elementary School in Blythewood has been trying to surprise her favorite teacher for quite some time.

"She's very kind and sweet," said Anderson.  "Even if we're having trouble, she always makes sure to help us out."

Anderson is talking about her favorite teacher, Jessica Bennett.

Bennett has been in the classroom for fifteen years, but this is her second year in Richland School District Two.

When News19 sopped by Mrs. Bennett's classroom, her students were working on a video to wrap up their recent unit on immigration.

"We went into our library and we pretended that we were on Ellis Island," said Joel Starks.

Starks says he enjoys using technology in the classroom, even though he sometimes gets stuck.

"When she helps us, she doesn't make us feel bad," said Starks. "I've had other teacher and they made me feel bad if I asked for  help."

Bennett was so busy helping her students, she didn't know what to think when we showed up at her door.

"I was surprised," said Bennett.  "This wasn't even on my radar and certainly the last thing I expected today."

Bennett says she is thankful her students think so highly of her, because this is a job of the heart.

"This makes all the effort, time and energy you put into it, worth it," said Bennett.  I don't want my students to be bored."

If you know a teacher who deserves to be recognized for their hard work in the classroom you can nominate them by emailing us at TOW@WLTX.COM.