GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) — Meet this week’s extraordinary educator.

It could take a whole essay to describe why an 8th-grade English teacher in Gonzales is extraordinary, but BRProud decided to do a story on Bridgette Ford, instead. 

“If I could embody a passionate educator… Mrs. Ford, is the embodiment of a passionate educator,” said Mrs. Lori Charlet, Principal of Gonzales Middle School.

Ford has been a teacher for decades and started her career at Gonzales Middle School. She teaches 8th grade English 1 and loves every moment with her students.

“My students are what makes me tick,” Ford explained. “They give me fire and they are the reason why I get up in the morning.” 

Right now, Mrs. Ford is teaching her 8th graders about the different styles of literature.

“We are reading lots of different texts of people throughout history using civil disobedience to fight social injustice,” she said. “So my students are really into it.”

Students like 8th grader Reagan Mitchell, say her English class was nerve-racking until she met Mrs. Ford, who spends a lot of time making connections with her students.

“I was so scared when I found out I was in English 1,” Mitchell said. “But Mrs. Ford made everything so simple. She touches my heart every day!”

Misses Ford is adored by all who come across her.

“Our students adore Mrs. Ford but even more importantly their parents do too,” said Charlet.

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