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Apache Junction special education teacher dies from COVID-19

Jane Kelly
Posted at 10:04 PM, Dec 07, 2020

APACHE JUNCTION — The Apache Junction School District is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Jane Kelly, a special education teacher, died Saturday from complications from COVID-19, the district confirmed Monday.

The district says Kelly, "emulated the strength, commitment and heart that drives our school community."

Kelly was a retired educator when she started working with special education children as a substitute teacher in 2012 at Superstition Mountain Elementary School.

In 2015 she became a full-time employee as an instructor at The Learning Center, in 2018 was a certified teacher at Desert Vista Elementary School, and then this year at Apache Junction High School.

"Every morning Jane danced with an endless smile and was the heartbeat of our special kids. Kids loved learning and they loved her. A true AJHS hero. I am humbled to have worked with this warrior of love and hope," said Special Education Director Heather Wallace.

Her colleagues say Jane was always willing to work with students and help wherever she was needed.