Bowie preschool mourns the loss of beloved teacher’s aide

A Bowie, Maryland, preschool is mourning the sudden loss of a beloved assistant teacher who was found dead in an Annapolis apartment last weekend.

The body of Erica Bonora, 39, was found Saturday at a home in the 1000 block of Spa Road.

“She will be sorely missed. … This hurts very deeply, for our entire community,” said Christin Vare, director of St. Matthew’s Early Education Center, which offers child care as well preschool, pre-K and kindergarten programs.

Bonora worked at the school for 12 years and had a special talent with small children, he said.

“She had an amazing smile and loved to laugh and was a very artistic and creative teacher. … She was very passionate about being a teacher and knew how to play and be silly with the young ones,” Vare said.

Anne Arundel County police said the driver of her car crashed into a tractor-trailer on U.S. Route 50 Saturday in Prince George’s County, while trying to evade police. The driver — who was taken to a hospital after that collision — is a person of interest in Bonora’s death.

The school director said Bonora was especially welcoming to new students and families.

“You would often find her comforting a brand-new student who was nervous. … She could always feel the vulnerabilities of new students and their parents and made sure they felt safe and loved,” Vare said.

Dick Uliano

Whether anchoring the news inside the Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center or reporting from the scene in Maryland, Virginia or the District, Dick Uliano is always looking for the stories that really impact people's lives.

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