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Edmond teacher recognized for going “above and beyond” to help students

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EDMOND, Okla. -- Jennifer Nestleroad believes she was born to be a teacher.

A fourth grade teacher at Cross Timbers Elementary in Edmond, Jennifer loves to lead and inspire.

As she embraces the challenge of helping children achieve their very best, Jennifer is rarely rewarded for her dedication.

One recent encounter with a little boy reinforced why she sacrifices so much time and energy.

"He hugged me as he was leaving the classroom and he said, 'Thank you for not giving up on me.' That's just what we do," Nestleroad told NewsChannel 4.

Recently, this educator held a week-long learning boot camp.

On her own time and using her own money for supplies, she prepared three dozen children for those anxiety provoking Core Curriculum tests.

And that's why parent, Krissy Woodruff, nominated Mrs. Nestlroad for 1st Fidelity Bank's "Pay It 4Ward."

"When you have your kids in school, you just want someone to take care of them like you do. And she just really does that. Every kid needs and wants that, so that was really special," Woodruff said.

We interrupted Jennifer's class to honor her with $400.

An emotional Woodruff told the teacher, "You care about our kids so much. Boot camp to get them ready for testing just meant a lot to me. On behalf of Channel 4 and First Fidelity, we are going to give you $400."

Jennifer pledged to use the money for her kids. She purchased more classroom supplies and an iPad to expand their minds.

"Thank you Channel 4 and First Fidelity Bank!" Nestleroad said.

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