Nebraska

LeDonna Griffin

Position: Principal

School: Masters Elementary School

School District: Omaha Public Schools

City, State: Omaha, Nebraska

About the Nominee: Dr. LeDonna Griffin was nominated by a colleague, Chelsa Hervert. Dr. Griffin is one of the most passionate and determined administrators one could meet. She devotes her time and energy to helping students and staff members reach their fullest potential. She strives to find the good in all situations and is the first to collaborate and seek solutions to the toughest problems. Dr. Griffin believes in an open door policy where all staff and students feel welcome and at ease when needing guidance. She is adored by staff, students and the Masters Community. Dr. Griffin is the definition of a true LifeChanger.

[nominee_videos nominee_email="ledonna.whitegriffin@ops.org"]

Emily Coleman

Position: Special Education Teacher

School: Masters Elementary

School District: Omaha Public Schools

City, State: Omaha, Nebraska

About the Nominee: Emily Coleman was nominated by her principal, Dr. LeDonna Griffin. Mrs. Coleman is an advocate for students. She is an active member of the building-level school planning team, where she is serving as the voice for the students that she serves daily. Her colleagues would define her as very passionate and dedicated to staff and students.

She is exemplar at getting things done. She is an educator who has exceptional rapport with her students, and her lessons are concisely planned to meet the individual needs of her learners. Mrs. Coleman has the ability to inspire and motivate every child in her school, and she never quits. She motivates her students to give their best!

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Chelsa Hervert

Position: Guidance Counselor (K-5)

School: Masters Elementary School

School District: Omaha Public Schools

City, State: Omaha, Nebraska

About the Nominee: Chelsa Hervert was nominated by her principal, Dr. LeDonna Griffin. Wherever Mrs. Hervert goes, she puts her heart into doing all she can for the students she works with. Mrs. Hervert works collaboratively with teachers, students and families alike. She always helps provide resources and come up with ideas to support the students. Mrs. Hervert unselfishly spends a lot of her own time calling and visiting businesses to build partnerships. She spent her summer break planning with Dr. Griffin how they could ensure that the elementary school was a positive place for students. Every year, she runs holiday programs to support families who could benefit from some holiday blessings. She is an amazing, caring and all-around positive influence in the school setting. Mrs. Hervert is a LifeChanger!

[nominee_videos nominee_email="chelsa.hervert@ops.org"]

Robert Miller

Position: Third Grade Teacher

School: Masters Elementary School

School District: Omaha Public Schools

City, State: Omaha, Nebraska

About the Nominee: Robert Miller was nominated by his principal, Dr. LeDonna Griffin. Mr. Miller has served as a classroom teacher for more than 13 years. He is often recognized and highlighted by parents as a teacher who makes a difference in the education of their child. Mr. Miller is the epitome of what it means to positively impact the lives of students. It is evident that each one of his students grows annually under his teacher leadership. He holds high expectations of each student, regardless of what cards they have been dealt, and he gives his students the support they need to succeed. Mr. Miller is a teacher role model for his colleagues, and the positive influence he has on his students is making a difference in the world of education!

[nominee_videos nominee_email="robert.miller@ops.org"]

Sarah Dragon

Position: Guidance Counselor School: Minne Lusa Elementary School

School District: Omaha Public Schools

City, State: Omaha, Nebraska

About the Nominee: This is the second year Sarah Dragon has been nominated for the LifeChanger of the Year Program. She was previously nominated in 2015-16.

Wherever Ms. Dragon goes, she puts her heart into doing all she can for the students she works with. Last May, she found out she would be working in a new position as a guidance counselor at Minne Lusa Elementary School. The second she found out, she hit the ground running with coming up with ideas to support the students. Ms. Dragon put a lot of hours of her own time into calling and visiting businesses to build partnerships and ask for donations for her new school. She went into her school over summer break to help the new principal clean up the building and make it a positive place for children. Ms. Dragon also found out about a new group in the community called Fathers in the Park that is working on supporting families and making positive change in the school neighborhood. She quickly jumped on board with the group by volunteering at their events each weekend and helping serve food to families. She is an amazing, caring and all-around positive influence in the schools and on the children she works with. Ms. Dragon is a LifeChanger!

[nominee_videos nominee_email="Sarah.dragon@ops.org"]