LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – After a trying year, a special education teacher at Van Nuys High School got the gift of a lifetime when Grammy-award winning singer Alicia Keys and Amazon surprised her with a home makeover.
Susanna Valadez lost five close family members in a six-month span during the COVID-19 pandemic, but still worked tirelessly to support those around her. While she and her husband, who is also a teacher, helped their own two daughters adjust to remote learning.READ MORE: Vigil Held For 18-Year-Old Rylee Goodrich, 1 Of 2 Teen Victims Shot And Killed In Corona Movie Theater
Amazon brought in furniture and décor to reimagine her living space and a brand-new kitchen with the latest cookware.READ MORE: More Businesses Like The Abbey in WeHo Setting Own Vaccine Requirements For Customers
“There were many downfalls and many things that happened personally within my family, and so this was a very bittersweet blessing,” Valadez said.
Amazon is also completing Susanna’s classroom wish list to ensure she and her students are set up for a successful new year of in-person learning.MORE NEWS: 17-Year Old Girl Violently Assaulted While Jogging In Culver City
The makeover was courtesy of the Amazon Hometown Heroes program.