This is part of a series of posts from nominees for our LifeChanger of the Year educator recognition program. We meet scores of fascinating LifeChangers every year who have interesting perspectives to share about children, education and life.
I’ve discovered that we are constantly learning from nominees for our LifeChanger of the Year educator recognition program.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to share this inspiring story about gender equality from an elementary school teacher.
Sara Medalen is a Title I reading and math teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School in Minot, N.D.
Teachers make such amazing differences in the lives of our children each and every day.
That’s why we call our educator recognition program LifeChanger of the Year.
Teachers like Miriam Carman, a kindergarten teacher at Madison Avenue Lower Elementary School in Madison, MS, is a nominee who offers her tips to how she changes young lives.
This is the time of year when we begin poring through the hundreds of nominations that have come in for our annual LifeChanger of the Year awards.
As always, we’ve already come across examples of incredible dedication to bettering the lives of America’s children. We recognize 17 educators throughout the year with LifeChanger awards. But every one of them deserves recognition for the passion they bring to their work.
We thought it was worth shining a spotlight on some of that work by occasionally featuring their stories about how they work, often against great odds, to educate and inspire our next generation. Today, we want to share the lessons of Agnieszka (Aga) Cook, a fifth-grade teacher at Camp Mohave Elementary School in Fort Mohave, Ariz.
We all know that our future depends on our children. And the kids’ education is so important to how they will navigate in uncertain times.
So it’s truly heartening when we learn about educators who focus on helping children prepare for their adult years even though none of us truly knows what that future holds.
Our LifeChanger of the Year program, which searches the nation for the very best educators, has so many examples of schools that are looking forward and helping their students do the same.
We wanted to share this story from Julie Ahern, who is a second grade teacher at Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School in Waukegan, Ill. She is all about the future.
A lot of us take time at the end of the year to reflect on what we’ve achieved over the past year. In that spirit, we wanted to share this inspirational essay from Cindy Boaz. She’s a nominee for our LifeChanger of the Year educator recognition program. She teaches adaptive physical education at the Keller Independent School District in Texas and is a Special Olympics coach.
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
For school employee Ana Rubio, her actions are producing fruit, today.
Who is Ana? Earlier this year, she was awarded the prestigious grand prize in the LifeChanger of the Year educator recognition program sponsored by National Life Group. She’s a teacher at Earlington Heights Elementary School in Miami who was recognized for making a huge difference in her students’ lives.
Since getting to know her and her work this spring, we’ve become huge fans. And so have our partners.
In fact, Ana was recently asked to attend a women’s conference sponsored by Appreciation Financial, one of our independent marketing organizations, to share her experiences.
In typical Ana fashion, she wowed the room with her energy and her passion. Her message was one that rang loud and clear: What are you doing to make your corner of the world better?
Here is an abbreviated selection of Ana’s message, written as an open letter to all who care about education in urban America.
Shane Thill is Director of Second Chance Alternative High School and Assistant Principal of Mitchell Senior High School in Mitchell, South Dakota. He was the 2015-2016 LifeChanger of the Year grand prize winner. He offers some insights here of his perspective on teaching.