The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation and District 204 recently honored Neuqua Valley High School Physical Education Teacher and Special Olympics Coach James Kennedy with the A+ Award.

You can watch the A+ Awards team’s surprise visit to recognize Kennedy for “Making a Difference” in the video below.

Kennedy received multiple nominations describing him as a teacher who creates a very positive and friendly environment for everyone. One nominator said, “Mr. Kennedy is an outstanding teacher to those with special needs and those without.”

Kennedy has been teaching at Neuqua Valley High School since 2016. He shared that teaching students with all abilities is a rewarding experience. “My students are an inspiration, and I feel lucky to be able to help them understand the value of supporting one another,” Kennedy said.

Wells Fargo Advisors is partnering with IPEF and District 204 to help recognize one staff member each month for making a difference for students. To celebrate these outstanding staff members, Wells Fargo Advisors is donating $500 for the staff member to use in his or her school.

Nominate a staff member by visiting A+ Award Nomination.