Remembering Bonnie Brush: “Everyone’s Favorite Teacher”

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jul 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-31 22:33:35-04

KENTWOOD, Mich.- A beloved East Kentwood teacher was remembered Wednesday by the students who still can’t believe she’s gone.

Bonnie Brush died when her vehicle rolled over on US-23 on Sunday in Washtenaw County.

Since then, there has been an outpouring of love from the students who say she was their favorite teacher.

Wednesday’s student-run candlelight vigil brought out more than 300 students, teachers and parents while the East Kentwood Marching Band Played the fight song in her honor.

“She was kind of like my best friend,” Bonnie’s student Caitlyn Cooper said. “She knew everything about me.”

Another student, Breanna Miller, said, “She waslike a second mom to me, my best friend.”

Brush’s Mom, Maureen said that her daughter was a teacher of many things, not just English.

“She was a teacher on how to be good, on how to treat people, how to think about yourself how to be strong in your own identity.”

Maureen says she feels comfort in knowing her daughter’s legacy lives on in each one of the students she touched.


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