Eric Elliot is convinced he has the best job in the world.

"I've never had a bad day at work," he said. "That doesn't mean every day is easy but... I love it. It's the best job in the world."

Elliot teaches in the Spanish immersion program at Government Hill Elementary and says he hasn't missed a day of school in nearly three years.

"I try to have fun," he said. "I try to treat the kids like I would treat my own kids. I think that's why they like me."

Elliot teaches second and third grade. He describes his classroom as a two-way immersion program; about half of his students are native Spanish, the other half English. Elliot says it's a unique opportunity for students to use each other as role models.

"I tell them this all the time; it's not how smart you are, it's how hard are you willing to work," he said. "I want them to try their best and try hard no matter what level they are and no matter what level they're at, I want them to get a little bit better."

Elliot is quick to credit his success to the parents and kids, saying they're a big reason why he's been teaching at Government Hill for the past 21 years.

"I have great parents, I have a lot of parent volunteers all the time," he added. "When you're working together it's just fun. Every day is fun."

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