McAuliffe Elementary School secretary Karla Wentz and Degan Elementary School principal Vanessa Stuart have been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the U.S. who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Wentz was nominated by her principal, Jennifer Mattingly. She has worked at McAuliffe Elementary for 12 years, starting as an attendance clerk before transitioning to the secretary position four years ago.
In addition to serving as secretary, Wentz makes significant contributions to the McAuliffe Chili Cook-off, working with vendors, businesses and the local police and fire departments. The Cook-off welcomes more than 6,000 people yearly and makes roughly $30,000 in profits each year.
Stuart was nominated by Amanda Willingham, the parent of a student. Under her guidance, Degan Elementary School became a member of “No Excuses University,” a network of schools across the U.S. that actively promotes a comprehensive model of college readiness to all students from the moment they begin elementary school.
Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2017-2018 school year, with the grand prize winner receiving $10,000 to be shared with their school or district and other winners receiving $5,000 to $3,000.
Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in Bermuda in the spring, where the grand prize winner will be revealed.
A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found here.
To view Wentz’ and Stuart’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profiles or to nominate someone from your school community, visit www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.