JACKSON, Wyo. — Angelina “Angie” Billger, or Miss Angie to her students, already has a hard job: protecting, teaching, and inspiring young lives as a teacher at Children’s Learning Center.
Her new job is even harder. Billger is recovering from an accident that resulted in the amputation of her right leg. She’s now adjusting to a new life and new reality, but friends and family say she’s facing it with the same optimism and gusto she brings to her classroom.
“She’s just one of the nicest people,” says CLC Director Patti Boyd. “She has a really winning, smiling shining personality.”
She’s one of CLC’s “star teachers,” Boyd says — “it’s no easy job to have one-year-olds all day, every day and do it with patience, creativity, professionalism.” But it’s not just the kids’ lives she shapes. She also works overtime to improve the lives of her fellow teachers and her students’ parents.
“Just to be greeted by Angie in the classroom first thing in the morning is a welcomed sigh of relief,” writes Karin Sieber, a parent of one of Billger’s students, on a GoFundMe page created for Billger.
Billger was involved in a single-car rollover with her family on Sept. 7. Her kids and partner sustained only minor injuries, but Billger was ejected from the vehicle and her lower right leg was pinned underneath it. It took rescuers roughly three hours to safely extract her.
Billger was life-flighted to Idaho Falls and then to Salt Lake City to undergo surgery. Doctors in Salt Lake made the call to amputate her lower right leg. According to her GoFundMe, she has at least 6-8 weeks of healing ahead of her before she can get fitted for her first prosthetic.
Boyd says CLC will welcome Billger back with open arms if and when she is ready.
“We want her back in the saddle here … she’s such a valuable member of our team.” Boyd says. “She’s a young person, but she’s way beyond her years in a lot of ways.”
Friends, family, and parents made a GoFundMe to help offset some of Billger’s medical costs and recovery efforts. Her community has already raised more than $7,000 in two days.
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