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BC Spotlight – Samantha Porter & Rhianna Kreher

As Thanksgiving approaches, we would like to take a moment and spotlight two teachers who we are very thankful to have at Bonita Canyon. Miss Porter is a 4th grade teacher and Miss Kreher is a 6th grade teacher at BC. Miss Porter and Miss Kreher go above and beyond for BC. Not only do they make learning fun in their classrooms, but they also guide and mentor our Student Council. We appreciate all Miss Porter and Miss Kreher do for our school! Have fun getting to know these incredible teachers better!

1) How long have you been at Bonita Canyon?
SP:  This is my third year at Bonita Canyon.  RK:  This is my 2nd year at Bonita Canyon. 

2) What is your favorite thing about Bonita Canyon?
SP:  My favorite thing about Bonita Canyon is how tight knit our community of staff, parents, and kids are. I love coming to BC each day and not having it feel like work because of the relationships I have with people here.  RK: My favorite thing about Bonita Canyon is the sense of community on campus. Between the great staff and amazing families, I have felt part of the BC family since I was hired. 

3) You just got back from joining the 6th graders on their trip to CIMI, anything special you would like to share?
SP:  This was my second time joining the 6th grade team at CIMI, and I was especially excited this time because this year’s 6th graders are my first group of students ever!! I am so thankful to have had the chance to spend an adventure-filled week with them and to see how they’ve grown.  RK: CIMI was an amazing time. There is so much bonding that occurs while at CIMI. It truly is the field trip of a lifetime. I think one of my favorite moments was the night hike. At camp, you can see so many stars in the sky. It was amazing to see a bunch of constellations and even part of the Milky Way. 

4) What is your favorite book?
SP:  As a child, I really enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series. Currently, I am absolutely loving anything by Liane Moriarty. I’m reading “The Hypnotist’s Love Story” right now.  RK: My favorite book is Wonder by RJ Palacio. It’s an amazing story about diversity. I can’t wait to see the movie! 

5) What is your favorite tv show?
SP:  There are so many! Great British Baking Show, Chopped, Stranger Things to name a few!  RK: My favorite TV show is This is Us. It pretty much always leaves me in tears, but I can’t get enough of it! 

6) What is your favorite form of exercise?
SP:  I joined Orangetheory not too long ago and crazy about it! Other than that, I enjoy playing tennis and bouldering.  RK: I enjoy doing yoga and pilates when I have time. Anything that helps to relax is a plus! 

7) What was the best gift someone ever gave you?
SP:  I love anything handmade. I especially love cards. I’ve kept pretty much every card I’ve ever received since I was a child!  RK: For my high school graduation, my grandparents gave me a diamond ring which has been in my family for many generations. I treasure this gift the most. 

8) Do you have a favorite quote?
SP:  I don’t have a favorite quote, but one that comes to mind is “just keep swimming” from Finding Nemo, one of my favorite movies growing up!  RK: My favorite quote is, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” This quote really just reminds me to live in the moment and enjoy life! 

9) What chore do you absolutely dislike doing?
SP:  I really dislike cleaning out my fridge and taking out the trash.  RK: I hate doing the dishes! I pretty much will do anything to avoid it. Other than that I usually enjoy organizing and cleaning. 

10) Is there anything about you that you think BC Families would be surprised to know?
SP:  BC Families might be surprised to know that I love baking for my fellow staff! I can bake a mean ginger creme brûlée and chocolate espresso lava cake!  RK:  BC families may be surprised to know that I have biked down a volcano in Hawaii. I am a huge adventure seeker and enjoy doing anything that gets my adrenaline going!