Kristen Bell and Her Instagram Fans Are Fulfilling Wish Lists of Teachers in Need


Famous actress Kristen Bell has quietly been using her Instagram page with over 12 million followers to support and celebrate teachers on a weekly basis. She’s been running an ongoing campaign called #FeaturedTeacherFriday where she picks an amazing teacher in need each Friday and sends all of her IG fans to the featured teacher’s Amazon wishlist. The loving support they have been receiving is overwhelming. Each week, a hardworking and caring teacher, who’s been buying supplies for their students out of their own pocket, who’s been furnishing their classroom with books, desks, and making sure their students have everything they need in order to succeed in life, is showered with thousands of packages from Amazon.

Check out how Kristen Bell and her followers have helped these amazing teachers for making a difference in so many lives every day.

1. Emily – Title I First-Year Kindergarten Teacher

“Our mission at Woodland Park Academy is to “Create Relationships to Change the World. For me, fostering these relationships means giving 100 hugs a day, checking in on older students on my lunch, telling students every day that I love them, and listening when they have something to say. It means never losing sight of how even the smallest act of kindness or understanding may change someone’s life.”

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It’s #FeaturedTeacherFriday 📚❤️!! Brooke emailed me to nominate her friend of 25 years, Emily. She told me that when they set up Emily’s classroom this year, she had little beyond tables and chairs and bought the rest of her supplies herself. SO! Let’s send Emily some love and support! Here’s a little about her: “I’m a first year kindergarten teacher at a small Title I school in Genesee County in Flint, MI. Being a Title I school means that a majority of our students live below the federal poverty line. Some of our families struggle to have their basic needs met. Although most of our students reside in the city of Flint, our school is located in a neighboring town. They ride the bus to school, with the earliest pickup being 5:58am and the latest stop being close to 5:30pm. These amazing kiddos spend a majority of their waking hours at school, or traveling to and from school. This is just one of the many reasons that it is so important to make my classroom feel like a home away from home for my students. We call our classroom our “house” and we are all family. Our rules and routines are centered around being good to each other and supporting each other the way families should. Our mission at Woodland Park Academy is to “Create Relationships to Change the World.” For me, fostering these relationships means giving 100 hugs a day, checking in on older students on my lunch, telling students every day that I love them, and listening when they have something to say. It means never losing sight of how even the smallest act of kindness or understanding may change someone’s life. Our school is small and our teachers have some of the lowest paid salaries in our area. Being a first year teacher in an almost empty classroom has been challenging. However, everyday we try to fill our classroom with curiosity, excitement, and love! Please know that any donations received will directly impact the lives of my little learners and I am forever grateful for the support!!” If you feel inspired to help, her wishlist will be in my bio! 🧠🙏🏻📚❤️

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“Our school is small and our teachers have some of the lowest-paid salaries in our area. Being a first-year teacher in an almost empty classroom has been challenging. However, every day we try to fill our classroom with curiosity, excitement, and love! Please know that any donations received will directly impact the lives of my little learners and I am forever grateful for the support!!”

Check out all the love and support she received!!

2. Elizabeth Guiles – started a school pantry where students could get breakfast or lunch or a snack, whether they had just forgotten or didn’t have access to food at home

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Oh yes it’s #FeaturedTeacherFriday 📚and I’d like you to meet Elizabeth Guiles. Her email to me was so heartfelt and she had me at “pantry.” “I teach English at Stokes Early College High School in Walnut Cove, NC. (I also teach ACT Prep, run our Teacher Cadet program and serve as the senior adviser for our graduates!) This year is my sixth year teaching here in the rural town I grew up in. We are a public school, but students have to go through an application process because students wrap up their senior year graduating with a high school diploma AND an Associates degree. It makes a huge difference for our community because most of our students would never be able to afford to attend college. My students WANT to be here and choose to invest in their future even at their young age, and that is admirable to me. It’s a rigorous and intensive program, but we’ve had enormous success. Our first graduating class was in 2013, and since then our graduating classes have earned over $18.9 million dollars in scholarship offers. We have been able to do a lot with very little, as most educators do every single day. My wish list is comprised of general school supplies and basic items because the essentials are what is needed most in this impoverished area. A of couple years ago, I was inspired to start a student pantry where students could get breakfast or lunch or a snack, whether they had just forgotten or didn’t have access to food at home. It has grown into a student clothing and toiletry closet, and this really helps our students who cannot afford new clothes and end up wearing threadbare items to school. Our school is in trailer units, so everything is very drab. I cannot tell you how grateful I am just to have the opportunity to ask for this!” Giving kids a head start while making sure they have their basic needs covered is AMAZING. If you feel inspired to help Elizabeth’s classroom and kids, her wishlist will be in my bio!

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These books were donated to me last year after being chosen as @kristenanniebell’s #featuredteacherfriday in March. They deal with the real world, real issues, and real life. Because of their topics and influence, my students are empowered to research and discuss social justice. The social justice unit has been transformative and I encourage every teacher to find a way to incorporate it! Never for a moment doubt that readers become leaders. A huge thank you to the donors, Kristen Bell, and the authors who wrote these books (many are tagged in the first picture so you can follow them if you want! They’re amazing) ♥️ #teachersofinstagram #reading #literature #highschoolteacher #iteachtoo #teachersfollowteachers

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3. Jael Zeballos – ESOL teacher

She teaches newly arrived immigrants, largely from Central America. “Many of them have come alone to seek a better life in the US. They are eager to learn English and get ahead in life. Most of my students come from impoverished backgrounds, and/or have experienced severe trauma on their journey here. These kids are resilient, brave, funny, charming, but, above all, normal teenagers like any other. They dream the same dreams and hope the same hopes that all of us do. 

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Yes! It’s #FeaturedTeacherFriday 📚and I love love LOVE this teacher. Jael Zeballos is a teacher in Northern Virginia. Here’s her story: “I’m an ESOL teacher at Falls Church High School, in Northern Virginia. I teach newly arrived immigrants, largely from Central America. Many of them have come alone to seek a better life in the US. They are eager to learn English and get ahead in life. Most of my students come from impoverished backgrounds, and/or have experienced severe trauma on their journey here. These kids are resilient, brave, funny, charming, but, above all, normal teenagers like any other. They dream the same dreams and hope the same hopes that all of us do. In this current climate, I want to make sure that their stories are not forgotten, even if it’s only to an audience of teachers like me and their peers. We are witnesses to their experiences, and I want to make sure that during this period that I am privileged to teach them, I do as much as I can to make their time in this country a good one. We have an incredibly supportive community at this school, from the administrators, teachers, custodians, everyone. We have one of the most diverse populations of students in our county, and I couldn’t imagine working anyplace better! The budget for school supplies, unfortunately, is very limited as it has to be spread out among thousands of students and classrooms, and everything on my Amazon Wishlist will be put to the best use. All items will directly impact the English learning of my current students, as well future ones in the years to come.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!” I’d love to support Jael’s students and classroom so her wishlist will be in my bio. Thank you to everyone who reads about these amazing teachers and feels inspired to help. We’re all in this together! 💗

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4. Sarah Sims – teaches students who are deaf and hard of hearing and buys most of her school supplies herself. 

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For today’s #FeaturedTeacherFriday 📚✏️👩🏻‍🏫 meet Sarah Sims! Her students are deaf and hard of hearing and she buys most of her school supplies herself. This is teacher who goes above and beyond for her students and her wishlist will be in my bio if you are inspired to help her out! Here’s her story… “I teach at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD) in Clarkston, Georgia. This is my 10th year teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, and my 8th year at AASD. Students at our school use American Sign Language (ASL) and English to communicate. We are a Title 1 school that serves students ages 3 to 21 years from over 30 counties in the greater Atlanta Area. Many of our students don’t have the opportunity to easily communicate with their families at home. Without access to ASL at home students miss out on so many social opportunities. Our staff and teachers dedicate our lives to helping ensure that all students have as many language rich opportunities and experiences as possible; both academic and social. I teach elementary school, grades 3-5. Many of my students have additional disabilities and learn best through hands on, real life experiences. In order to obtain the school supplies my students need, I need to buy most of them myself. Not only do these supplies help my students access the curriculum, it also allows them to develop confidence in themselves. I strive to give my students opportunities and I want to give them the tools and language they need to communicate their feelings and ideas. I’m also trying to teach my students how to advocate for themselves. My students are curious, creative, and most importantly- capable! Thank you for supporting the needs of my wonderful students!” 👌🏻📚✏️😘🧠

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“I teach elementary school, grades 3-5. Many of my students have additional disabilities and learn best through hands-on, real-life experiences. In order to obtain the school supplies my students need, I need to buy most of them myself. Not only do these supplies help my students access the curriculum, it also allows them to develop confidence in themselves. I strive to give my students opportunities and I want to give them the tools and language they need to communicate their feelings and ideas.”

5. Francy Barnes

“The majority of my students live below the poverty line with caretakers and relatives that are not their parents. Around 85% of students in my school receive free and reduced lunch. Many students come from families that do not have more than a middle school education nor speak English. Last year, over half the students in my classroom did not have books at home to read. This broke my heart.” 

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Friends! It’s #FeaturedTeacherFriday 📚🧠💪🏻and I’d like you all to meet Francy Barnes! She’s been buying school supplies and necessities for her students out of her own pocket but her daughter convinced her to write to me. And I’m so glad she did! Here’s her story: “I teach kindergarten in a rural Title 1 school in South Carolina. My school, McKissick Academy of Science and Technology, is a magnet school that is determined to change the lives of our students. Most of my students have never left our state or even our small town. I want to bring the world to them. The majority of my students live below the poverty line with caretakers and relatives that are not their parents. Around 85% of students in my school receive free and reduced lunch. Many students come from families that do not have more than a middle school education nor speak English. Last year, over half the students in my classroom did not have books at home to read. This broke my heart. I became a teacher because I wanted to help children believe in themselves and reach for the stars. I teach almost everything in small groups to meet the needs of all my students. My classroom is positive. I want students to walk into the room and stand taller knowing that this room was made for them. The mindset I’m teaching to my students is that if they believe in their ability, work hard, accept help from others, thrive on challenge and don’t see failure as a way to quit but an opportunity to learn, then they will succeed at whatever they try in school and in life. This wishlist is for my students, not for me. Everything on that list will be used by them daily. The area my students struggle with the most is reading. I have to be able to get books home for these kids to practice and read to and with their families. Kindergarten and the early childhood grades set the learning path for a child. Thank you for taking interest in my sweet students who deserve the best!” As always, if you’re inspired to help Francy and her kiddos, pls check out her wishlist in my bio. I love you all. 💗

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6. Monica Rodriguez 

“Most years we don’t have a budget for purchasing materials for our classrooms but we make do. Since we are a small private school, our salaries are much less than our public counterparts and I do my best to budget and provide what I can for my students. I try to be creative to provide my students with meaningful hands-on learning activities that will challenge them and encourage growth.”

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👋 It’s #FeaturedTeacherFriday 📚❤️and I’d like you all to meet Monica Rodriguez from San Antonio, TX! She’s been teaching for 17 years and her positivity is so encouraging! “I am a first grade teacher at Holy Name Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas.  We are a school with very limited resources but full of amazing, caring teachers who want what’s best for our students. Most years we don’t have a budget for purchasing materials for our classrooms but we make do.  Since we are a small private school, our salaries are much less than our public counterparts and I do my best to budget and provide what I can for my students. I try to be creative to provide my students with meaningful hands on learning activities that will challenge them and encourage growth.  I love to see them expand their minds and enjoy it so much that they don’t consider it to be work.  Their joy and smiles drives me to be the best I can be for them. I have been in the education field for 17 years now and cannot imagine doing anything else with my life. I’ve taught Pre-K, 1st and 2nd grade now.  I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with my bachelor’s degree in Education/Youth & Community Studies.  On the weekends I teach Spanish to an amazing group of students who strive to be challenged and enhance their learning. This year I’m trying to incorporate flexible seating and technology into my classroom. We have very limited old technology and this gives us the  opportunity to prepare our students for the high tech world, even if it is in small doses. I am beyond grateful!Thank you for supporting teachers! “Teachers don’t teach for the income, they teach for the outcome!” Thank you to everyone who reads and feels inspired to check out her wishlist (in my bio) and help! Love you all! ❤️💪🏻📚🧠

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7. Krystal Meza whose students have a unique set of needs and she has no budget to work with

“I teach migrant students from low-income families. What does that entail? These children, with their families, are moving year-round following the crops. Their lives are constantly changing with different schools, friends, homes, etc. In order for them to feel welcome and WANT to come to school, a welcoming environment has to be made for them.”

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Another week, another #FeaturedTeacherFriday! 📚❤️🧠 I got an email from Krystal Meza who teaches at Migrant Preschool in a small town called Hollister, CA. Krystal’s students have a unique set of needs and she has no budget to work with! Here’s her story… “Hi! My name is Krystal Meza and I am a preschool teacher! I’ve been a preschool teacher for the last 10 years and can honestly say I Love My Job! I teach migrant students from low-income families. What does that entail? These children, with their families, are moving year round following the crops. Their lives are constantly changing with different schools, friends, homes, etc. In order for them to feel welcome and WANT to come to school, a welcoming environment has to be made for them. As a teacher I have to have the training and supplies to not only teach them in the classroom but at home as well. I get the privilege of helping them get ready for Kindergarten. My goal is for them to enter with confidence, with more than just a basic knowledge of English, and their academic skills. I start next week teaching in Sunnyslope Room 1 and am trying to get everything ready for these little ones. Unfortunately I am not going to receive a budget to buy supplies that I really need. Any help is greatly needed and appreciated!  Thank you so much for your generosity in featuring a teacher! I know that all teachers greatly appreciate it!” Her Amazon wishlist will be in my bio for a few days. Being able to help and feature amazing teachers makes me SO happy. Love to all of you who read and help. We’re all in this together! 💪🏻💗📚💥

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8. Florida teacher and school social worker Tej Carbone

“Half of our students have documented disabilities, and a majority of our students are on free/reduced lunch. Our salaries are even less than those of our public school counterparts, yet we serve such a unique population. We have students ranging from profound intellectual disabilities all the way up to gifted, working together in the same class. This provides a unique set of challenges, but one which I am so excited to take on.” 

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It’s time for another #FeaturedTeacherFriday! 📚🥰💪🏻Today’s teacher is Tej Carbone from Florida. Tej is both a teacher and a school social worker and I am so inspired by her attitude! Here’s her story: “Hi! I’m a 33 year old former licensed clinical social worker that felt the call to the classroom. I spent this past year studying and taking certification exams in order to obtain certification as an educator. I’m now certified as a school social worker, k-6 teacher and ESE. I will be teaching 2nd and 3rd grade in a small, special needs inclusion tuition-free charter school. Half of our students have documented disabilities, and a majority of our students are on free/reduced lunch. Our salaries are even less than that of our public school counterparts, yet we serve such a unique population. We have students ranging from profound intellectual disabilities all the way up to gifted, working together in the same class. This provides a unique set of challenges , but one which I am so excited to take on. As this is my first year teaching, I do not have any income with which to supply my classroom with necessities (my first check won’t come until late August), but I would love to create a calming space, with resources for ALL of my students to be successful. I will be teaching at UCP of Central Florida, Bailes campus. We are moving to a new building this year and expanding, so I’m getting a brand new classroom. This is exciting but also means I’m starting from scratch. Thank you so much for your help!” Her wishlist will be in my bio and once again- sending a massive smooch to everyone who reads this and feels inspired to help. xo! 💗🙌🏻📚

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9. Veronica Landa – Title I school teacher

“My school is a Title 1 school. The population mainly consists of African American and Hispanic students. The majority of the students at THMS are economically disadvantaged and come from low-income families. Students are also given free breakfast and lunch. Many of my students struggle to afford books and other resources needed to succeed academically. Every day I strive to teach, guide, and support my students to become successful individuals.”

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Happy #FeaturedTeacherFriday 📚everyone! I know it’s summer break, but teachers still need school supplies and I really love doing these posts! So please meet Veronica! “My name is Veronica Landa and I have been working at Turtle Hook Middle School on Long Island, New York as a 6th and 7th grade Spanish teacher. These three years have truly been the greatest years of my life! I am very passionate about teaching a diverse group of students and strive to make a difference in their lives.  Attending graduate school two nights a week has also helped me grow as a teacher and provide the best education for my students. My school is a Title 1 school. The population mainly consists of African American and Hispanic students. The majority of the students at THMS are economically disadvantaged and come from low-income families. Students are also given free breakfast and lunch. Many of my students struggle to afford books and other resources needed to succeed academically. Every day I strive to teach, guide, and support my students to become successful individuals.  As a Spanish teacher, students are learning to engage in conversation and expand their knowledge about other cultures in the world. Creating a multicultural classroom teaches students to embrace and respect other cultures. I also incorporate a lot of technology games and videos in my classroom to motivate and engage my students throughout each lesson. This opportunity would help me incorporate books to expand my Spanish library and enhance students’ reading comprehension skills. My students will also be able to improve their speaking and writing skills and knowledge of the Hispanic culture. I truly love teaching Spanish and enjoy learning about my students each and every day. Any help would be greatly appreciated!” Her wishlist will be in my bio. Love you guys. 🧠📚💪🏻

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10. Yaskara Ortiz Ramirez – Brooklyn Title I school teacher

“Every year (if we’re lucky) teachers receive a $200-$250 stipend to help offset what we spend to prepare our classrooms at the start of the school year…I spend that on pencils alone!  I pour heart and soul (and many paychecks) into my (school) children while still making sure that my own children feel loved.  It is a tough balance, but I can’t say that I could see myself doing anything else.”

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This #FeaturedTeacherFriday we’re going to Brooklyn, NY! Meet Yaskara Ortiz Ramirez! 📚🧠💪🏻 her wishlist will be in my bio and THANK U to everyone who reads and helps!! “I work in a Title 1 school in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, NY. To say I LOVE my school and the community we serve is an understatement!  Our community is so diverse and so rich in history and is a beautiful mix of cultures. At the age of 29 after I was married and had already had my two boys (and my little girl was on the way) I decided to leave the corporate world, go back to school and get my Masters degree in Education. Remembering the difference my teachers made in my life when I came to this country at the age of nine pushed me to also get the Bilingual extension. I taught third grade for five years and am currently in my first year of teaching Kindergarten…boy are they energetic! I love my little Supers!  Seeing them grow and having a hand in shaping them into good well rounded human beings fills my heart each and every day! My students are eager learners who are working towards being fully bilingual and bi-literate. In addition to all that, they are learning how to read! Recently our school lost our Magnet Grant. We are now a Magnet School without the Magnet money.  Our Tech Lab, Smart Boards, and Library could use a lot of love and care AKA updating.  Our classrooms, especially those that are Dual Language lack the proper resources such as updated classroom library books and computers/iPads.  Every year (if we’re lucky) teachers receive a $200-$250 stipend to help offset what we spend to prepare our classrooms at the start of the school year…I spend that on pencils alone!  I pour heart and soul (and many paychecks) into my (school) children while still making sure that my own children feel loved.  It is a tough balance, but I can’t say that I could see myself doing anything else.”

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Here’s how YOU can be the next #FeaturedTeacherFriday:

Send Kristen Bell an email with a description of what you do every day, and explain how any donation could directly impact the future of your kiddos. Then cross your fingers and wait for next Friday!

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