Position: Marketing Teacher
School: Spring Hill High School
School District: Lexington-Richland County School District 5
City, State: Chapin, South Carolina
About the Nominee: Norma Brown was nominated by a friend, Sherry Rivers. Ms. Brown is the epitome of a LifeChanger in her community. A community is defined in different ways and varies depending on your frame of reference. Ms. Brown's community includes family, friends, students, church members and neighbors. Her love and passion for helping others allows her to improve the quality of life for everyone with whom she interacts. She has an amazing ability to discern the needs of other people, even when no one else can. It's easy to wonder how she does everything she does!
Several times a month, Ms. Brown drives more than an hour to take care of her elderly father and uncle. She visits sick people in their homes, hospitals and nursing homes, and she prays with them for their strength. She also spends time with her elderly mentors by visiting them, taking them to dinner and providing other meaningful activities. Ms. Brown is loyal to her friends, who often seek her wisdom on various topics. She teaches Sunday School to adults and Bible Study to teenagers, and she organized a special monthly worship service for teenagers called Teen Church. One of her greatest passions is serving as director of Young Women of Excellence, a group at her church that mentors girls in grades 1-12. And all of this is voluntary!
For the past 35 years, Ms. Brown has been a high school marketing teacher, where she has changed the lives of thousands of students. She finds the best in every student and helps them to develop self-confidence and determination to strive for their goals. She not only teaches the subject matter, but she teaches life skills and ethical values through her actions and expectations. Ms. Brown shows students that the world does not revolve around them; there are people who struggle every day just to have the bare essentials. She instills the importance of reaching out to others in her students by incorporating service learning into the curriculum. Every year, she takes her marketing students to DECA competitions, where they win at the state and national levels. There is no doubt that Ms. Brown's purpose in life is the make life better for others. She's an amazing LifeChanger in her community.