School: Bay Springs Middle School
School District: Carroll County School District
City, State: Villa Rica, Georgia
About the Nominee: Jeremy Shain was nominated by his principal, Marti Stephens. Mr. Shain has changed the lives of countless people. Many years ago, he adopted four boys from the foster care system. There are two sets of brothers, who had been separated and told they would not see each other again. Now, they are in a forever family. One is in college, two are in high school, and one is in middle school. All of them are thriving! They are successful academically, and all of them are involved in school, community and volunteer activities. Mr. Shain has taught the boys about giving back. They have seen first hand how letting someone know you care can change a life. He has, and still does, help the boys work through any issues or problems with love and patience.
Mr. Shain works in a low socio-economic school with about 800 students. Besides his counseling duties, he started a food pantry for students/families in-need. If they do not have transportation, he delivers food boxes. He started a clothes closet to ensure that students have jackets, appropriate clothing and shoes. He has holiday lists, and he makes sure each family in the community has Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner and gifts for every child. Mr. Shain continuously goes above and beyond to better the lives of students and families in the community. He also lives with diabetes, and has helped five diabetic students and their families with testing and supplies, and by monitoring these students multiple times throughout the day. This has helped the students feel more "normal"; they've seen in Mr. Shain that diabetes is no reason not to have a full life.
Mr. Shain speaks at multiple community events to promote awareness of the needs of children in foster care. He speaks each semester to college students in the Counseling Program. He is also a Region One Liaison for the GA School Counselor Association and a trainer for the adolescent suicide prevention program. Most importantly, he is one of the most humble and sincere people one could ever meet. There is not a selfish bone in his body. He lives a life of complete service, and he changes lives just by being the person he is. He restores your faith and makes you want to be a better person. Mr. Shain is a true LifeChanger!