Kristen Bell supports teachers: they spend 8 hours a day with our children

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As Hecate mentioned in the story about Amy Poehler yesterday, all three of us are the children of public school teachers. My brother is a teacher too! It’s impressive when you think about it. It’s also impressive, as a parent, to consider the amount of work that teachers put in with our kids every day. Sure they get good vacations and decent hours, but it really is a thankless, underpaid job. Teachers also don’t have enough supplies and often have to buy their own. Kristen Bell knows this and has been highlighting teachers on her social media who could use a hand. In an appearance on Access Live Kristen talked about her initiative and they brought on a teacher she’d helped! It was a surprise to both Kristen and the teacher and it was heartwarming actually. I’m putting some of the quotes below and you can also watch the video at the end of this post.

Teachers are the true celebrities
Kristen: They’re raising the generation. If we can’t support the people that are spending eight hours a day with our children… eight hours with my children, that’s my max. On Saturday and Sunday my husband and I do tap out. We’re talking about a teacher who spends all day with your kids, who is interested, who is pulling out their own checkbooks to provide things to the class.

Add 30 more kids on top of yours. We have Sarah Valdez, one of the teachers, backstage
Kristen: Why didn’t you tell me?

What did that mean to you what Kristen Bell did? Getting everything for your classroom.
Teacher Sarah Valdez: It has made it so I can be the best teacher for my kids. It’s my first year teaching so I’m starting from zero. I just didn’t realize how much teachers actually provide on their own. So just getting all the things helped relieve that stress.

You have said [on social media] our teachers should not have to fund the classroom from their own pocket
Kristen: I got this idea from Busy Philipps. Somebody thought of it. I saw this idea, featured teacher. With Amazon you can create a list of things you need. Busy posted it and I [did] it every week because my fans are so generous. Every Friday I post featured teacher Friday. Then I post their Amazon wish list.

After that they had a video of the kids from Ms. Valdez’s classroom thanking Kristen and it was so sweet! For all you can say about Kristen, she cares deeply and does try to help. She’s got over 10 million followers on Instagram and this is a great way to leverage that instead of just through sponcons or free vacations. Now I want to watch The Good Place again, I haven’t been keeping up with it.

Here’s that video:

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Time for our next of #10featuredteachers… Meet Sara! “I am a new 8th grade Science Teacher at a public middle school in South Los Angeles! I’m working towards my physics teaching credential and Masters in Integrated STEM Education for Urban Schools. As I am currently getting experience in an 8th grade Science classroom, I see now what is needed to have a functional classroom. My goals are to promote diversity and inclusion in the STEM subjects as well as foster a transformative educational atmosphere in my class. Since I am a new teacher, I am starting from zero! This is my list of items I definitely need and with these items, I know our class will have a good foundation to make BIG MOVES in science education. Happy teaching! Check out my page to see my class adventures in science and engineering so far!” Let’s help Sara set up her classroom and give her students everything they need to get their science on! Her amazon wishlist will be in my bio all day… thank you from the bottom of my ❤️ to everyone who helps!?

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Happy #FeaturedTeacherFriday everyone! #TGIFTF! ?❤️✂️?✏️ Today’s Featured Teacher is Malcolm Cumberbatch who was nominated by his wife, Michelle. She’s been keeping this a surprise for him, so Malcolm? SURPRISE! Here’s what Michelle shared about her husband. “I would like to nominate my husband, Malcolm. His passion for teaching shines through everyday with his students and even at home with our three little ones. The journey started back 10 years ago when he was a school bus driver for special needs students after serving as a US Marine. The students on that bus inspired him to go back to school to obtain his degree. Working days to support his newborn and going to school at night he pushed through and obtained his degree in Social Studies with Special Education. I hope for anyone deciding to take that leap, we are here to tell you with dedication it is well worth the investment in yourself to go for a career you are passionate about. He is currently a middle school Special Education Social Studies teacher in Irvington, New Jersey for a title 1 school and loves going to work everyday. He loves being interactive with the kids dressing the part some days depending on the lesson. The kids are always happy to go into Mr. C’s classroom for a snack or to see what crazy tie he has on. He would love to make his room even more comfortable and inviting making a reading area for the kids to take a break and read or even have part of his lesson in this area. The children really respond to movement and taking breaks and this area would be a great way to change up the scenery. Thank you for the opportunity to be featured and thank you on behalf of all the teachers wives as this is such an amazing thing you are doing.” Malcom, thank you for being so supportive and dedicated and for dressing up for your kiddos! Friends, his Amazon Wishlist will be in my bio all day if you’re inspired to help stock his classroom for his kiddos. I love you all. ???

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