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Valley teacher recognized by actress Kristen Bell

Posted at 11:17 AM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 18:36:04-04

PHOENIX — A Valley teacher is getting the spotlight thanks to a big star.

Ms. Jessica Angell works as a special education teacher at T.G. Barr Elementary School in the Roosevelt School District. She works primarily with non-verbal K-2 students and was recognized by actress Kristen Bell.

Bell stars in films like Frozen and the hit TV show The Good Place, but outside of acting she launched an Instagram campaign called Featured Teacher Friday to recognize educators all over the country.

“Teachers are heroes. I have known that in my brain for a while, but right now, I am feeling it a lot more in my bones.” said Kristen Bell.

Out of more than 4,800 nominations, Ms Angell, was one of only five teachers selected in a nationwide search to win Bell’s Featured Teacher Friday contest, in partnership with Yoobi, a school, home and office supply company.

Ms. Angell’s name was entered by a parent who wanted to recognize her for the amazing work she does for her students.

During the Stay-At-Home order due to the coronavirus, Angell wanted to support her students and their families during this challenging time.

She created an interactive workbook of activities similar to those used in the classroom, allowing students to continue learning and maintaining skills they have mastered with the hope that the time away will not set them back further.

For being recognized by Kristen Bell, Ms. Angell is receiving 250 classroom packs which include:

2 Sets of No. 2 Pencils
2 Sets of 4 Crayons
1 Set of 5 Colored Pencils
3 Erasers
3 Glue Sticks
1 Pencil Sharpener
1 Folder
1 Ruler

According to officials with Roosevelt School District No. 66, each classroom pack has enough supplies for 30 students, resulting in 7,500 kids in need impacted in the district. We’re told some of the supplies have already been distributed.