Treating students with respect has always been a rule in Hilda Bridgers'
believes if you show a child respect, they will show you, as well as others, the same in return.
"Be firm, fair and consistent," Bridgers
said."That's my motto.
"Every child can learn, you just have to believe in them, and then they will believe in themselves."Bridgers, 60, has been a teacher in Wilson County Schools for the last 39 years.
has taught at only two schools -- Elvie Street School and Toisnot Middle School; taught only one grade level -- sixth grade; and taught only two subjects -- science and math.
"When I was 5 years old, I told my parents that I wanted to be a teacher," said Bridgers
.She was raised in Wilson, attended Elvie Street School, where she later taught, and graduated from Charles H. Darden High School in 1965.Bridgers is an active member of St. Paul AME Zion Church.
knew from an early age that she
wanted to be a teacher, it was when she
was in the sixth grade that Bridgers
wanted to teach math.
...Lori Wiggs, 39, another former student of Bridgers, has never forgotten one of her favorite teachers.
"I loved Ms. Bridgers
"It wasn't until 2003 when I started teaching at Toisnot Middle School
that I had the opportunity to witness firsthand just how phenomenal Hilda
really is," said Jobe.
"This will be a way I can remember the people who have been a huge part of my life, my students," Bridgers